Say hello to natural colours this Holi - The Statesman

Say hello to natural colours this Holi

Holi, Colours, Festival, Turmeric

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Holi officially usher in spring and is celebrated as a festival of colours and love. The festival is round the corner and it’s time to step out in pure white or any of your favourite coloured clothes and let them be drenched in rainbow colours, fragrant water and other beautiful things you would like to unleash on this joyous day. But before you let people colour you red and blue, check whether these colours are safe for your skin.

Holi colours containing chemicals and other harmful substances can often lead to rashes and irritation, especially in case of sensitive and acne prone skin types. They also have deleterious effects on your hair. Look at these easy natural tips to choose natural colours and ways during Holi season.

Make your own natural colours using natural ingredients


Turmeric powder: Use turmeric powder that is a ground spice, yellow in colour and is being used in beauty and dermatology products. The antioxidants in turmeric play a vital role in enhancing skin health. It aids in treating acne and even psoriasis. It can cure skin pigmentation and even stretch marks. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This magical herb protects the cells of skin from free radical damage and slows down the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Turmeric has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties against various types of bacteria. So why don’t you play Holi with this yellow hued herb instead of synthetic yellow colour.


Sandalwood Powder: We don’t have to highlight the sandalwood powder benefits, specifically for skin. It has proven benefits for skin fairness. It makes skin smooth and free of acne, scars and blemishes. Use this skin- softening agent for a vibrant skin this Holi.

Fuller’s earth powder: It is a mineral-rich clay material that has long been used as a beauty ingredient. It is a staple ingredient in a lot of beauty and skin care products. It is popularly used as a remedy for acne and blemishes. When it comes to the benefits it offers to your face, it is simply a versatile product. It exfoliates skin, makes your skin glow, controls oil, acne and nourishes it deeply. Use it as one of your Holi colours.

Mehndi powder: The natural ingredients in henna reduce the signs of aging, wrinkles and unsightly appearance of scars and blemishes. It is complemented by antiviral and antibacterial effects that can protect the body’s longest organ – the skin! Use mehndi to colour your loved ones green this Holi.

Rose petals: Using rose petals is the most adorable way to celebrate this beautiful festival. Roses have been used in skin care since decades. Its petals promote glowing skin because they contain natural oils and sugars that will lock moisture into dry skin cells. Rose petals are natural skin tonner and people of all ages prefer to play Holi with them.

Holi has both classical and semi-classical connections. The famous compositions are mainly based on the love pranks of ‘Radha – Krishna’. Dance on the beats of fun-frolic songs and unwind your celebration cheerfully. Holi songs give people a good reason to rejoice, make merry and submerge themselves in the spirit of Holi. These songs spread a lot of friendliness and romance among people. Bollywood has provided us with a wide range of melodious Holi songs. These songs soak everyone in Holi colours without actually using store-bought synthetic colours.

Natural colours are perfectly safe and non-toxic but chemical contaminated colours won’t be appreciated by your skin. So play Holi carefully. Celebrating Holi with natural colours is the best way to celebrate the festival that marks the beautiful blend of vibrant colours. Use your imagination to make different colour combinations using above natural ingredients. These colours can be washed off easily.

Natural colours and ways of playing Holi are completely harmless. While we realise the importance of our self-care during Holi celebration, we also need to feel the importance of environment around us.

Have a Happy and Safe Holi 2018!