New Delhi:  As Holi is round the corner, don’t forget to take care of your skin and tresses as playing with harmful colours may create woes for you. So, take some precautions before you apply colours on each other.

Go the herbal way. Enjoy the festivity with herbal gulal as few colours containing chemicals like heavy metals, acids and powdered glass can cause harm.

“The black paste, which is used by youngsters, has lead oxide, green contains copper sulphate, and the red one has mercury sulphite and so on. All these are toxic and can result in skin allergies,” said Abhijit Desai, makeover expert of a spa.                                                                       

He suggested that one should only buy skin-friendly natural colours. In the olden days, Palash or Tesu flowers were used to make and herbs like henna, margosa, kumkum, turmeric, and bilva were used for dry colours.

Giving few tips on how to take care of your skin he said, “Before playing, apply petroleum jelly or edible oil on exposed parts to prevent colours from coming in contact with the skin. Wear clothes that cover the maximum part of the body, to protect your skin.”

Navin Taneja, director, National Skin Center, suggested, “Apply a thick layer of good quality moisturiser or oil and let the skin absorb it for 15-20 min. Use serums or oil in your scalp to protect it from damage. Tie your hair into a bun. Colours and sunlight combination may cause a phototoxic reaction, so sunscreens of SPF 30+to SPF 50+ are a must.”

It is also advised to apply vaseline under and around your nails, feet, elbows and behind your ears. To protect the hair, people should oil them the night before.