Festival of colors: Holi is well known as festival of colors and celebrated not only in India but also in Nepal, Srilanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries having large Indic populations like Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, UK, USA, Mauritius, and Fiji. The main day of Holi is also called Dhulandi in which people throw colored powder and colored powder on each other while one day before bonfires are lit which is known as Holika Dahan. It has significance from the past as miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. This day is also called Chhoti Holi. This festival comes at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month or Phalguna which falls in the later part of month February or March. There are various ways of people to celebrate this festival and not only Hindu people but Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains and others also celebrate this festival. This festival once again helps to unite the people of the country and people get mixed up with each other.
Affects of colors on skin: Now days the colors are made using the synthetic dyes instead of natural dyes and synthetic dyes have some toxic effects which can harm our skin or eyes or hairs. Colors may cause rashes on the skin or some kind of allergies. Colors may affect the eyes and one can even lose vision if toxic dyes affect that eye badly so it is necessary that precautions should be taken to keep safe from various affects of the colors on the various parts of the body. Various harmful may cause problems like contact dermatitis, abrasion, irritation, itching, dryness, pruritus and burning sensation on the body. Affects may be for short term but any kind of unnatural affects are bad for human being and sometimes these may become very serious problems in future so treatment should be taken as soon as possible.
Precautions to save skin: Precautions are always better than the cure so one should be prepared before they face any kind of problem with colors as most of colors are not skin friendly and can cause harms in various ways. The precautions should be taken for some day before and after this festival which can keep us away from ill effects of the colors. Herbal or natural colors should be preferred instead of using harmful synthetic dyes colors while playing Holi. One should apply moisturizer or coconut oil on the body including face to prevent any kind of harmful impacts of chemical colour on the skin also prevent chemicals colors from entering into parts like eyes, nose, mouth and ears. If colour enters into eyes then wash them immediately with cold water. One should avoid detergent soaps or hard soap and should use only soft detergents to scrub color from the body. It is better that we keep our self safe before we get prone to some disease or allergy because of colors.
Advices of experts: Dr Ajay Rana is a dermatologist and aesthetic physician also the director of Berkowits Hair and Skin Clinics advices that one should avoid the facial treatment during this period of festival and if someone is prone to allergies and rasher then should visit their dermatologists to know what kind of precautions they need to keep themselves safe. He said one should not use kerosene, spirit or petrol to remove the color and it is better to use a cream- based cleanser or baby oil for removing the colors. There are various harsh chemicals present in the colors which may cause itching and rashes which further leads to eczema upon scratching. The best way to save the skin from ill effects of harmful colors is to apply a thick layer of oil or petroleum jelly on the all those organs which are exposed about an hour before going out to play Holi. One should also use sunscreen as the dyes which are present in the colors make the skin susceptible to problems like sun burns, darkening and rashes. There are also the risks of getting dry skin and pigmentation as some of the colors are photosensitive and can cause skin to burn when these are exposed to the sunlight while washing and scrubbing to remove colors worsen the conditions. Dr Anil Malik who is consultant dermatologist at Sitaram Bhartia Hospital advices that most of people tend to use soaps to remove the colors which contains the esters which erodes skin layers and often causes rashes as well so one should try to use soap free cleansers while a liberal application of the moisturiser or baby oil after cleansing is also a good idea. Dr Sudhakar Pandey, senior medical officer at the emergency and epidemic cell of CMO office advices that chemical colors generally contains the inorganic elements like lead, mercury and cadmium that are used in combination that have hazardous impact on the body and the hangover does not allow to recover quickly from the impact caused. Prof Shri Kant is head in the department of Ophthalmology at BHU advices to take precaution to prevent eyes from getting damaged in the festive spirit and one should not allow color enter their eyes and if it enters than they should wash with cold water immediately.
Precautions for hairs and nails: Only skin is not affected by the colors but the hairs and nails are also affected by the colors. Chemicals which are present in the various colors cause the roots of hairs to become brittle and the scalp to dry up. To prevent this condition one should use baby oil or coconut oil daily before one shampoo their hairs in the days leading up to festival and also avoid overdo of the shampoo as it may cause ill affects like falling of the hairs. Dyes which are lodged into the nails are not easy to remove so nails should also be taken care and the best way to avoid it is to use petroleum jelly and also avoid a pedicure or manicure for a day or so as these treatments can either damage the nail or the cuticle. Avoid use of nail polish remover as it dissolves with the protective skin layer and may cause problem.Share