Holi, the festival of colours is tomorrow and we just can’t resist the temptation of playing with colours and indulging in snacks. Holi brings risk along with exposure to harmful chemicals in the form of colours. Unfortunately, organic colours have been slowly replaced by synthetic colours and it’s very difficult to avoid its usage. To play a safe Holi, it is important to use non-synthetic colours which are not only harmful to you but also ecosystem. We should avoid using plastic bags which damage our ecosystem.

Here we present list of D.I.Y colour which you can use during holi.

FOR RED COLOUR: To prepare red colour, you just have to mix red sandalwood powder with whole wheat flour or refined flour. You can also use vermilion powder, which doesn’t contain harmful chemicals like lead. For liquid colour, boil beetroot in water or soak red hibiscus flowers in water overnight.

To prepare red colour, you just have to mix red sandalwood powder with whole wheat flour or refined flour. You can also use vermilion powder, which doesn’t contain harmful chemicals like lead. For liquid colour, boil beetroot in water or soak red hibiscus flowers in water overnight.

FOR YELLOW COLOUR: Mix turmeric powder with double the quantity of gram flour for a bright yellow skin-friendly powder. You could also use wheat flour, refined flour or multani mitti as a substitute for gram flour. For liquid colour, boil marigold flowers along with pomegranate peels in water or you can use dry petals of Marigold flower and grind them in a mixer; you have the yellow coloured powder

FOR PURPLE COLOUR: Dry Jacaranda flowers and grind them into a powder. For a liquid colour, crush blueberries and soak it in water.

FOR GREEN COLOUR: Mix henna powder, which doesn’t contain amla powder, with an equal quantity of flour to get green shade.You can also crush the dried leaves of the Gulmohur plant. For a liquid colour, grind spinach leaves, mint or even coriander into a paste and dilute it in water.  

FOR BLACK COLOUR: Take some black grapes and amla and cut them in fine pieces. Put the pieces in boiling water and let the water cool down to get a nice black colour for holi.

Our skin and hair are the parts which are great affected during holi.So taking care of them is important too.

Here are some tips you should follow before playing holi:

· Make sure that your face is well creamed before and after the playing holi.

· Apply thick coating of paint on your nails- both in fingers and toes so that they remain protected.

· Oil your hair well, so that colour doesn’t stick on your hair and can be washed off easily later.

· Use hat or caps to protect your hair from being coloured

· Make sure that powder or any other product does not get inside your eyes. Eyes are extremely vulnerable

· Put on your worst clothes so that you won’t have to take on the hassles of an immediate washing.

· Do not rub the face with soap immediately in order to get rid of the colour especially when it is wet. Instead, use good quality cleansing milk for removal. It’s better than using soap, which will dry up your skin

· Staying hydrated is one of the important tip you should keep in mind

· Also avoid clothing which absorbs water, you don’t want to be soaked for long in colours. Primarily because you want to avoid skin allergies.

Not only taking precaution before or during holi is important,we should take precaution after playing holi too.Here are some of the tips you should follow after playing holi:

· You can use a nail polish remover to help remove stubborn colour stains.

· Avoid scrubbing your skin too hard, our skin gets sensitized when colour (synthetic colour) makes contact. Scrubbing your skin too hard will only aggravate the skin condition making it worse.

· Also, if you’re eyes get itchy and red, or if your skin were to develop a rash, visit a doctor as early as possible. Don’t hesitate to seek medical attention.

· Don’t head straight to the shower after Holi, since water can react with the colour, Let the colour dry and dust off extra colour first. Spread a layer of light oil all over the skin and wait for 10 minutes.Take a soft tissue and wipe it off—this will help you take off 70 to 80 per cent of the colour. Take a shower after this and avoid going out in the sun for the day after the shower.

· Two options which are very famous to keep skin hydrated are mixter of oats with raw milk, or almonds with cucumber and yoghurt. Not only these packs will help in soothing your skin but also help in hydrating the outer layer of your skin.

Keeping these things in mind you are all set to celebrate holi.