Skin Care

Holi 2023: Pre and Post Holi Skincare Tips to Follow this Year

Holi aka the festival of colours is around the corner. However, as much as you’re excited to play with dry gulaal and splash (or get splashed with) coloured water, let’s take a pause and think about how the synthetic pigments can affect our skin, causing rashes and other skin discomforts. Does this mean you can’t play Holi this time? No! You can make the most of this festival without harming your skin. Wondering how? By following some simple pre- and post-Holi skincare tips that would help you prepare your skin for the onslaught of colours and ensure you enjoy the day without developing any rashes and break-outs.

Pre-Holi Skincare Tips

Make your skin ready for this festival of colour by following the pre-Holi skin care tips mentioned below:

  • Strengthen the skin barrier
  • Lipid, the natural fat of the skin, covers the epidermis. It acts as a protective barrier, prevents sun damage and boosts moisture retention. Therefore, while prepping your skin for the grand Holi party, you must strengthen the barrier by applying a thick layer of oil or hydrating and nourishing moisturiser or cream. Apply any of these products all over your face and body, and cover areas, especially behind the ears, ear flaps, under eyes, knees and elbow. Moisturisers and oil don’t let the colour penetrate into the skin, making it easier for you to remove those harmful colours after the Holi party. As a final step of the Holi skincare routine, you must apply sunscreen and seal the barrier.

  • Protect your lips and nails
  • One of the most effective pre-Holi skincare tips is to give equal attention to your lips and nails like that of your face and body. To protect your lips from harsh synthetic substances and sun damage, apply a thick layer of lip balm. Lip balms hydrate your lips and make sure the colours don’t settle in. Next, for your nail protection, apply two-three coats of nail polish to avoid flaunting stained nails.

    Holi Skincare Pro-tip: If you are planning to attend any Holi event and play afterwards, make sure to remove your makeup completely to avoid allergic reactions.
    Follow the above-mentioned list of skincare tips before Holi and mitigate the potential damage caused by harmful substances present in the colours. Now, let’s learn about the post-Holi skincare tips to take the best care of your skin after the festival is over.

    Post-Holi Skincare Tips
    Post-Holi skincare is as crucial as prepping it for the Holi party. Below listed are some after Holi skincare tips that would help you remove the colour and let the healthy skin cells breath.

  • Wash your face immediately
  • Harmful synthetic pigments can make your skin dull and dehydrated. Hence, you must wash your face immediately after playing Holi. Trust the double-cleansing step to remove all the colour from your face. Start with micellar water first and then follow it up with a gentle cleanser to ensure all the residue is eliminated from your skin.

    Post-Holi skincare pro-tip: Don’t cleanse your face with hot water as it will dry the skin even more and make it itchy.

  • Apply a soothing face mask
  • The colours of Holi can take a toll on your skin and make it dry, itchy, and irritated. Applying soothing face masks can do wonders here and help increase your skin’s hydration levels.

  • Follow it up with serum
  • After cleansing and soothing your face, get an extra boost of hydration by applying a face serum. A serum hydrates and nourishes your skin and protects it from the damage caused by harmful chemicals. So, no matter how tired you feel after the party, don’t forget to follow this post-Holi skincare tip.

An Ideal Skincare routine

Your skin becomes extremely sensitive post the Holi party. Hence, avoid using ingredients like AHAs (glycolic acid, and more) during the first three to four days to maintain healthy skin. Post that period, you can easily return to this potent ingredient and include it in your usual skincare routine.

AHAs like glycolic acid is best known for their exfoliating expertise, accelerating cell turnover process, etc. Those who are struggling to get blemish-free skin can use glycolic acid in the following manner:

  1. Cleanser:
  2. Glycolic acid-infused cleansers mildly exfoliate the skin, reduce dullness and leave glowing skin. We recommend you to use the L’Oréal Paris Glycolic Bright Daily Foaming Face Cleanser.

  3. Serum:
  4. Face serum infused with glycolic acid helps to reduce dark spots, improve skin-tone and get radiant skin. We recommend you to use the L’Oréal Paris Glycolic Bright Skin Brightening Serum.

  5. Day cream:
  6. A Day cream enriched with glycolic acid help speed up the skin renewal process and brighten skin from the core. We recommend you to use the L’Oréal Paris Glycolic Bright Day Cream with SPF 17.

  7. Night cream:
  8. Glycolic acid-infused night cream helps to reduce dark spots, and hyperpigmentation, combat dullness, and accelerate skin renewal skin while you beauty sleep. We recommend you to use the L’Oréal Paris Glycolic Bright Glowing Night Cream.

If you are unsure about your skincare routine, you can take help from the L'Oréal Paris Skin Genius tool and start analysing your skin like an expert. Post the skin analysis, you can frame your personalized skincare routine and flaunt healthy skin.

Holi skincare pro tip: Stay Hydrated

The festival of colours heralds the summer months hence while staying outdoors for hours you must stay hydrated. Less fluid intake can dehydrate your skin making it itchy and dry. Therefore, drink plenty of water and let the toxins flush out from your body.

Now that you have the list of pre and post-Holi skincare tips ready with you, you can prep your skin thoroughly for the day. So, this year, leave behind all the thoughts of post-Holi skin consequences and enjoy Holi to the fullest.