The number of skin and hair related concerns that are reported to hospitals around the festival of Holi have increased substantially in the past. Synthetic Holi colours contain cheap, toxic substances like mica, acids, alkalis and pieces of glass which harm human health. These Industrial colours are so toxic in nature that they cannot be removed by normal washing and drying. To tackle the negative effects of colours on your skin, Dr. Vaibhav Sharma, Eye specialist at VPS Rockland Hospital suggests some quick tips to keep in mind while playing Holi.
1. Use Herbal powdery colours available in market which are made up of beetroot, flower, heena as they have less side effects.
2. If in case anyone becomes victim of irritating toxic colour, then they should immediately wash their eyes with clean water or rose water and see a doctor.
3. It is best to wear protective glasses while playing with colours and people using contact lenses should never let colour enter their eye which can lead to I-corneal ulcer.
Dr. Jasdeep Kaur, Dermatologist at VPS Rockland Hospital, also shares some tips to avoid skin and scalp allergies.
1. Skin and scalp are the most sensitive and easily affected areas. Applying thick layer of moisturiser or coconut oil on them before playing with colours is the best precaution.
2. Non herbal colours can easily lead to skin allergies, rashes, swelling, eczema and irritation. To prevent these skin problems, add few drops of lemon in the oil before massage.
3. Some cases have been so serious that patients are kept on short course of steroids to get rid of such severe problems. To avoid them, one can cover his/her hair with a wearable thing on head.
Here are some important Tips for buying holi colours
– Say no to colours which are made of glass powder
– Ask only for organic, herbal or eco-friendly colours
– Do smell your colours; you can easily make out whether it is made of engine oil or other chemicals
– Before using please do read the instructions and avoid colours which have specific industrial instructions
– Opt for branded and trademarked colours
– Dry Gulal is best; also avoid dark and strong colours