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Enjoy these traditional Holi recipes!
With Holi coming up tomorrow, all you're probably thinking of is vibrant colours and drenching your friends in the spirit of celebration. And why not? It's one of the most enjoyable Indian festivals -- provided you take care of yourself, especially when it comes to your skin.
If you choose to ignore small measures taken to prevent untoward incidents, it's quite likely your colourful fun could turn into a disaster -- remember, rashes, itching and skin irritation are quite common after celebrating with coloured powders and water. Some people go so far as to use eggs and even mud on each other, so make sure to take some precautions for an enjoyable and fun-filled Holi this year.
Spread the awareness
Talk to your friends beforehand about the harmful effects of Holi and encourage them to use natural colours. Everyone is far more likely to listen before the celebrations kick off and they begin the revelry. The synthetic colours contain toxic and poisonous chemicals and can also contain acids, alkalis, powdered glass, asbestos and chalk paste, all of which have a negative and longterm impact on your skin.
Get together the day before Holi and create your own natural colours -- it's double the fun. Use flower petals, henna or haldi to create your own powders or just buy the organic ones available in the market.
Before you step out
Remember, prevention is better than cure. A few precautions taken before you step out to enjoy the colours of Holi will go a long way in protecting your skin from any kind of rashes, irritation, itching or dryness. Skincare consultant Mukta Mokashi was kind enough to provide a few tips for us to follow tomorrow:
After you're done
Follow this routine and you are sure to have a happy Holi. Cheers!
Illustration: Uttam Ghosh
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