Holi is the festival of colours that is celebrated all around the country and even across the border. On this day, people forget about everything and smear gulaal all over each other with their heart’s content. You will see all genders lathered up in different colours and probably won’t be able to recognise your friends and family on this holiday.
While this festival is all about colours as well as friendship, it can become a bummer when it comes to damaging your skin due to all that gulaal and other types of colours and chemicals. When it comes to Holi, a man must prep their skin in a special and better way so that his skin remains healthy and still glows after playing Holi.
If you are thinking how you should prepare for this festival and have no clue about it, fret not. We have got your back! We are going to provide you some pre-Holi as well as post-Holi skin care tips that can go a long way for men. Have a look:
Pre Holi Skin Care Tips
Apply Ice Cubes
Men hardly think about the pores of their skin so this trick can be used even if it is not Holi. Save the pores of your skin by applying ice cubes on your skin for about 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure that your face is completely clean by cleaning it with a face wash and then apply these ice cubes. It will work wonders for the pores of your skin as the gulaal won’t be able to penetrate into them and won’t lead to outbursts.
Apply Essential Oils on Skin
Who said that oiling is only meant for your hair? When it comes to the festival of Holi, a man’s skin needs oil as well. Lather up your skin with as much essential oil as possible, as it is one of the best ways of getting rid of the unwanted colours from your body. Apart from that, it is a great way of restoring the natural texture of your skin. Essential oils also assist in acne treatment as well as other severe skin allergies.
One of the best essential oils that you can opt for are organic castor oil, organic almond oil as well as organic coconut oil.
Moisturise Your Skin
Once a man is done with your morning shower, the first thing he applies is a moisturiser. So why not on Holi? Lather yourself with loads of moisturiser on your skin, especially behind the years. A generous amount of moisturising will not only provide nourishment to your skin but also protect it from damage from the colours.
Apply Waterproof Sunscreen
No one plays Holi indoors; it is an outdoors festival and a man can spend hours in the sun while playing Holi. Therefore, wearing waterproof sunscreen is a must in order to not get tanned while celebrating Holi. You will be saving yourself from the harmful UV rays by wearing a good sunscreen.
Make sure that you invest in a good sunscreen lotion which has at least SPF 50. Wearing sunscreen with SPF 15 or 20 will be a waste of your money and time. Apart from that, apply the sunscreen over all the exposed areas of your body as well as behind and over your ears.
Apply Petroleum Jelly
If as a man, you are planning on keeping your lips dry while playing Holi, it is a bad idea for you as well as your lips. Instead, protect your skin from harmful chemicals and colours by applying petroleum jelly on it. Petroleum jelly will not only protect your lips but also hydrate them while you enjoy the festival of Holi.
Apart from your lips, petroleum jelly will be a great option for the cuticles of your nails and will protect them from staining as well.
Post Holi Skin Care Tips
Wash off the Colour
Once a man is done with playing Holi and is back home, laying back to take a rest is a bad idea as it’s time to wash off that colour all over him. Get into the shower, however, think before you pick up that harsh soap you have been using all this while. With all that colour all over you, it would be much better to use a mild cleanser to wash it off. Apart from that, don’t opt for scrubbing your skin right after playing Holi as it can be harsh for your skin.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Getting rid of all that colour on a man’s skin can be a pain in the neck after celebrating Holi. The best thing you can do is exfoliate your skin after you have washed off the colour. The right way of exfoliation is to use a body scrub which will remove the dead skin cells as well as detox your body the right way. However, the trick here is that you need to use a mild body scrub and not a harsh one to exfoliate properly.
Treat Your Beard
After you have played Holi, if you have a beard, it will tend to get irritated and itchy due to all the colours it has gone through. However, you can’t just leave it like that, can you? The best thing you can do for your beard is stocking up on a beard shampoo, a beard conditioner as well as a beard wash to make sure that it is taken care of the right way. After all, your beard needs proper care as well.
Apply a Natural Face Mask
If a man looks online or in the market, he will find tons of clay masks as well as other masks (including sheet masks) that will take proper care of his skin. However, when it comes to the festival of Holi, natural face masks or face packs are the best option to go for as they have no chemicals. Some of the face masks that you can go for can be made at home with the ingredients of your kitchen like Besan and Curd. Another face mask can be made from Rosewater, sandalwood and turmeric. Apart from that, you can go for the Multani Mitti face mask by adding rosewater and Multani Mitti.
Use Olive Oil
Some Holi colours can be really stubborn and will not leave a man’s skin even after applying a natural face mask. However, there is another way of getting rid of these colours, using olive oil over these colours. All you need to do is take a cotton ball, dip into some olive oil and apply it over the parts of your skin to wipe off the colours.
Moisturise Your Skin Post Holi
Once a man has gotten rid of the Holi colours and your skin is all clean, it is time to moisturise your skin properly. Moisturisation hydrates your skin which is required after a big bash of Holi. Apply a generous amount of moisturiser on your skin and lather it up properly to restore your skin.
The importance of drinking water cannot be stressed enough for men. Hydration is necessary to have a healthy and glowing skin which is disease and allergy free. It is more than important that you drink seven to eight glasses of water on a daily basis without fail. It will be a plus along with this Holi skincare routine.
There is no reason that a man should not play Holi just to protect his skin as well as hair. You must enjoy this festival of colours along with your friends and family, just like others. However, before you step out of the house to join the big bash of Holi, make sure that your skin is well prepared for the festival. The colours used in this festival are full of chemicals and can be very harmful and can damage your skin.
While playing Holi, colours can often get into your eyes and cause a lot of pain. One of the bonus tips that we have for you is to wear sunglasses while playing Holi to protect your eyes from all the colours. Apart from that, if you are one of those men who prefers to wear makeup, whether light or bold, Holi is not the festival where you should be wearing any type of makeup. In fact, after you are done playing Holi, don’t apply makeup for the next 24 hours.
Along with that, if you have grown nails, it will be better to cut them down as gulaal or other colour might enter your nails and stain them as well. So any grown nails should be clipped off.
When it comes to brightening your skin, you can always opt for applying a Vitamin C serum for a brightening boost. A Vitamin C serum keeps your skin healthy as well and makes sure that your skin glows all the time.
With the above given Holi skincare tips, you are all set to have the best Holi party that you will remember for the rest of your life. Happy Holi!