Holi-stic Care for the Festival of Colours!

With the vibrant festival of Holi just around the corner, it’s essential to indulge in pre and post-Holi care not just for your skin and hair but for your overall well-being. Here are some tips and precautions to ensure a joyful and safe celebration:

Internal Care

Start Early: Begin a week before Holi by incorporating antioxidant and anti-inflammatory supplements like Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and Zia Anthems into your routine.
Dietary Considerations: Boost your intake of intensely coloured foods, leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds while reducing dairy and sweets to fortify internally against oxidative stress and inflammation.
Hydration: Hydrate abundantly to counteract dehydration caused by sun exposure and alcohol consumption during the festivities.

External Care

Dry and Acne-Prone Skin: Start nourishing measures such as using a moisturiser to repair the skin barrier and opt for a gentle face wash.
Night Routine: Use nourishing and repairing creams at night to restore the skin’s vitality.
Consult a Dermatologist: If you have acne issues, consult a dermatologist before Holi to prevent exacerbation during the celebrations.


● Avoid Harsh Treatments: Refrain from using medical treatments, at-home bleaches, AHA BHA peels, or any lasers at least a week to 10 days before Holi to avoid skin irritation.
● Skin Barrier Preservation: Focus on repairing and preserving the skin barrier to prevent irritation from Holi colours.
● On Holi Day: Double moisturise and use sunscreen to shield your skin from colour stains. Apply petroleum jelly or barrier cream on exposed body parts like the neck and nape of the neck.
● Post-Holi: Gently wash off the colours using an oil-based soap. Avoid scrubbing and let the skin calm down before resuming your skincare treatments.

Hair Care

● Hairstyle: Tie your hair up to avoid damage. Use post-bath serums and consider braiding or bunning your hair for added protection.
● Shampooing: Shampoo your hair once to avoid excessive drying. Opt for deep conditioning before Holi, especially if you have frizzy hair, to protect the cuticles from damage.

Must-do’s for Holi

Ears: Put a lot of coconut oil on your ears
Nails: Nail paint or a transparent nail lacquer to protect the nails from colours
Neck: Put moisturiser/petroleum jelly to protect it from colours

Do follow these internal care, external care, and precautionary measures to enjoy Holi
fearlessly while ensuring your overall wellbeing.

Happy Holi!

Each article is written by Aastha Kottary after detailed discussions and notes from Dr. Shetty

Dr. Rashmi Shetty
Cosmetic Dermatologist,
Mumbai | Hyderabad

Dr. Rashmi Shetty is a celebrity dermatologist, industry pioneer, author , globally invited teaching faculty and a leading expert in aesthetic medicine having over 20 years of experience in aesthetic and clinical dermatology. She is the Founder and chief dermatologist at Ra Skin and Aesthetics in Mumbai and Hyderabad. She is named the best Dermatologist by Vogue 2020 and is the first Indian doctor on the International Advisory board of the Anti-Ageing World Congress, FACE London, ICAD Asia, and honorary faculty at UCL .

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