Here are some tips to play a safe HoliWhile Holi brings with it fun, frolic and a riot of colour, the festival lamentably has its downside too. The `unholy' combination of paints, grease and gaudy synthetic colours, usually made of cheap industrial dyes, can cause skin rashes, and may even lead to skin cancer in some cases, besides causing allergy to the eye, puffiness, temporary blindness and even renal failure! Most of the stuff available with roadside and pavement vendors look pretty suspicious in quality. Has anyone seen the famous `gulal' or any of those colour powders - those ravishing reds, magnetic magentas, bright blues, dazzling yellows and sparkling saffron - carrying an ISI mark? If at all, rarely so. What does then one do to celebrate Holi in a `safe' manner? May be one should go herbal, or prepare one's own colours or better still, take enough precautions to fend off trouble.Says cosmetologist Simmi Ghai of Xpressions Bridal Studios, "Skin once irritated cannot be repaired easily. So play Holi with tesu flowered water, sandal powder and rose water. These natural colours will bring a lot of glow anyway."
Wear thick clothesHer list of precautions to the Holi revellers include: wearing thick and coloured clothes, applying leave-in conditioner on hair, moisturising lotion and oil based cream on face, neck and arms, use of mild soaps to wash away colours, to apply olive oil on eyelashes and eyebrows and for nails to apply top coat and base coatings. Mukesh Batra, CMD of Dr. Batra's Positive Health Clinic likewise urges people to play a `safe' Holi and opt for organic and natural colours. Batra lists ways and means to prepare colours in a natural way. For instance, to prepare `ravishing reds', his recipe is, "Put two spoons of red sandalwood powder in five litres of water and boil. Dilute with 20 litres of water. Peels of red pomegranate boiled in water gives it a red hue". He has recipes for other colours too. And Batra's list of do's and don'ts? Avoid metallic colours, especially the ones that come in a paste form, apply skin cream or coconut oil and sunscreen lotion before venturing out, oil or gel the hair, wash eyes immediately with water and wipe the skin with a cleanser and follow it up with a lot of moisturiser meant for sensitive skin. To this we may add, do enjoy your gujiyas and matris but please avoid intoxicants!