Holi Skin Care Tips - Plan, Protect & Enjoy

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The Festival of Colours - Holi is around the corner & while it isone of the most fun festivals to celebrate, it can cause a lot of trouble on your skin, all thanks to the harsh chemicals present inside the colours. Even if you replace chemical colours with all-natural ones, there is no guarantee that it will protect your skin from all damage. You have to do something to protect your skin barrier, and also protect it from sun damage.

There is no doubt that people are eagerly waiting for the arrival of the festival of colours, but at the same time, they are also worried about the effect it will have on the skin. The Holi colours can leave your skin dull and damaged due to sun exposure and intermittent water splashes. You have to prepare your skin with skincare tips so that you can enjoy Holi while minimizing any skin damage. 


Pre-Holi Skincare Tips

One of the most important things to do during Holi celebrations is to prepare the skin to deal with the harsh effects of colours and splashes of water. Our goal during Holi is to reduce damage to the skin. This can be done by following:

What To Apply On Your Face Before Holi?

Since your face will be exposed to everything harmful when you play Holi, such as colour, sunlight, dust, water, etc., it is essential to protect it beforehand. For skin protection, you have to wash your face and thenapply a moisturizing lotion with SPF. You can also use olive oil for skin protection. You have to take a few drops of olive oil & massage it well into your face & neck.


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Before you step into the field of Holi celebration, cover your body with either a richmoisturizer or coconut oil. After doing that, it is a good time for you to give your bodya good massage so that it all gets absorbed into the skin. The olive oil will act as a barrier betweenyour skin and colours, and it will also make iteasy to remove colours after the celebration is over.

Moisturizer To Buy

Parachute Advansed Body Lotion Deep Nourish

The Parachute Advansed Body Lotion Deep Nourish by Parachute is one of the best body lotions to buy in India. This body lotion comes with unique Cocolipid Formula, which goes ten layers deep to improve skin glow. The body lotion is full of Coconut Milk & 100% Natural moisturizing properties, which nourish the skin.

Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Lotion

The Vaseline Deep Moisture Body Lotion is India's number one body lotion. The glycerin in the body lotion helps moisturize skin and prevent your skin from harmful UV rays. The body lotion is perfect for all skin types and can be used daily.

Biotique Morning Nectar Flawless Skin moisturizer for All Skin Types

The Biotique Morning Nectar Flawless Skin moisturizer is a great, natural option. It is an all-natural moisturizer and has anti-ageing benefits. It is a daily use moisturizer and good for all skin types.


Use Cotton Clothing

It is one of the most common tips you can get during the Holi celebrations. You have tochoose comfortable clothing made from breathable fabrics such as cotton. Synthetic and tight fabrics can cause rashes and allergies while coming in contact with colours. Most people choose these fabrics as they are quick-drying. Regardless, you have to choose cotton clothes as they allow your skin to breathe.

Cover Up

Holi is an outdoor activity, and for that, you have to make sure that the clothes you wear cover most of your body to protect it from the sun and from the colours. Clothes to wear on Holi are sleeveless kurtas, t-shirts or tops, trousers, salwarsfull-length joggers, etc. It will protect yourskin from the damage done by colours and harmful sun rays that further affect your skin

Keep Yourself Hydrated

You have to keep yourself hydrated by drinking water, juice, glucose, etc throughout the day. As you know, if the skin gets dehydrated, it can become dry and get sunburnt with ease. This, combined with the harsh colours can make your skin look dull and lifeless after Holi. You need to protect your skin from it. So, if youplan to consume alcohol, remember to alternate with a glass of water as too much drinking (alcohol) can easily show up on your face in the form of tiredness.

Sun Protection is Essential

For protecting your skin from tanning and sunburns, you have to use a generous amount of sunscreen, preferably one that is waterproof or water-resistant on the skin. All you have to do is to make sure that the thing you are using has an SPF of at least 30 or higher in it. If possible, carry sunscreen with youand reapply it every 2-3 hours to protect yourself from the sun. According to the experts, the best time for anyone to apply sunscreen is after their morning bath. 

Body Lotions with Sun Protection

Vaseline Healthy Bright Sun Protection Body Lotion

The Vaseline Healthy Bright Sun Protection Body Lotion comes with SPF 30 protection. The product has Vitamin B3, which improves skin glow. The pollution protection formula of thebody lotion protects your skin from harmful pollution.

Biotique Bio Morning Nectar 

The Biotique Bio Morning Nectar comes with SPF 30 protection. It is an all-natural body lotion that protects and hydrates your skin. It is suitable for all skin types and perfect for daily use.

NIVEA Sun Lotion

The NIVEA Sun Lotion by NIVEA comes with SPF 30 protection. The body lotion offers instant protection from UV rays. The non-greasy and non-oily formula of the body lotion is also water-resistant


Pay Attention To Ears, Lips, And Eyes

You must not ignore these areas of your skin as discolouration and dryness can affect the area around the eyes, around the ears, and in the cracks of the lips as these areas are exposed all the time. 

You must moisturise these areas with petroleum jelly to keep those parts smooth and moisturised.

Apply petroleum jelly on your eyelids and under the eyes, but you need to be careful while applying it.

Petroleum Jellies To Buy

Emami Vasocare Herbal Petroleum Jelly

The Emami Vasocare Herbal Petroleum Jelly by Emami is available in cream form. The product is all-natural and helps to protect your skin from environmental damage.

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

The Vaseline Petroleum Jelly  by Vaseline is available in gel form. The product has a triple purified formula that nourishes and protects the skin. The fragrance of the product is good and perfect for all skin types.


Post-Holi Skincare Tips

After you enjoy the festival of colours Holi, it is time for you to give your skin some care so that it can recover from any damage caused during the celebration. Since you already have followed pre-Holi skincare tips, it will be a lot easier than usual, but even so, you need to do some post-Holi skincare tips to follow. Here are some tips to follow.

Don’t Forget To Apply Sunscreen

If you want to protect your skin from more damage, ensure you apply sunscreen every day, even if you are at home. The remaining colour can react with UV Rays and irritate your skin. Remember to apply sunscreen every few hours on your face, neck, and any other exposed body part.

Sunscreens To Buy

Aroma Magic Sunscreen Sun Block Cream

The Aroma Magic Sunscreen Sun Block Cream by Aroma Magic is available in cream form. It is an all-natural sunscreen that comes with Vitamins B5, C, E helps to prevent the signs of ageing.

Lakme Sun Expert SPF 30 PA++ Ultra Matte Lotion Sunscreen

The Lakme Sun Expert SPF 30 PA++ Ultra Matte Lotion Sunscreen comes with the scent of cucumber. The sunscreen by Lakme offers protection for 12 hours. It is perfect for all skin types. Consider higher SPF is you are particularly sensitive.

Mamaearth HydraGel Indian Sunscreen

The Mamaearth HydraGel Indian Sunscreen by Mamaearth is available in gel form. It is an all-natural sunscreen and protects from UV rays. Aloe Vera extract improves the glow of the skin.


Use Mild Moisturiser At Night

On the day of Holi, apply a mild moisturiser on your face before sleeping at night. The colours used to play Holi are harsh & harmfuland they tend to take away the moisture from your skin, leaving it dry and dull. Applying moisturiser at night will ensure that your skin is hydrated while resting.

Mild Moisturisers To Buy

Mamaearth Vitamin C Face Milk Moisturiser

The Mamaearth Vitamin C Face Milk Moisturiser comes with a peach scent. It is an all-natural moisturiser that helps to protect your skin from UV rays. Vitamin C in the product helps to improve skin glow.

Neutrogena Combi Skin Moisture

The Neutrogena Combi Skin Moisture by Neutrogena is available in oil form. The product is light and absorbs quickly into the skin. It hasa moisture-balancing formula that removes dirt and impurities from the skin.


Apply Natural Products

There is no doubt that natural products are always thebest to pamper your skin after Holi as they not only soothe your skin but also restore its natural balance of it. You can use ubtan made of curd and besan, or use rose water, turmeric, and sandalwood on your skin. All-natural ingredients have more healing powers, and they always work wonders on your skin.


The festival of colours Holi is one of the most awaited & celebrated festivals in India. People of all ages love to play Holi. But they should also be concerned about theharmful effects of Holi colours on the skin. Bykeeping these things in mind, these were some helpful skincare tips. All the above tips are helpful for protecting your skin from damage. Apply those tips to your skincare routine.

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Plan Skincare Tips For Holi?

You must be looking for ways to protect your skin during Holi. Well, you are not alone, plenty of people out there want to protect their skin too. You will be glad to know that there are two main ways to plan skincare for Holi for protection from damage. The first way is known as Pre-Holi skincare tips & the second one is known as Post-Holi Skincare tips listed above.

How To Remove Holi Colour From Face or Skin?

If the colours used for playing Holi are full of chemicals, they can bea little harsh, and at the same time, they are not easy to get off from the skin. Your skin is more delicate, and you cannot rub ittoo vigorously to remove the colours. In these cases, you have an option available to try. The first is to wash your face with your regular cleanser. Keep in mindto splash cold water on your face instead ofhot water or lukewarm water as it makes it harder to get rid of Holi colours. Follow this skincare tip and lather for 30 seconds before you wash off your face with water. You can also try using a cotton ball dippedin coconut oil on your face. You have to let the oilstay for 5 minutes, and then again use a foaming face wash. Since your skin feels a bit dry after following these things, apply a moisturising lotion.