Once you are outside -
spattered by friends with color, the child in you takes over and all the good
intentions of being gentle and using herbal colors take a back seat, you
merrily use whatever is at hand and blow the consequences.
So be well prepared
and the consequences are very manageable. Take 10 minutes to prepare
yourself for the event.
Wear light colored
preferably white, which cover you well, full
Slather your face, neck and any exposed areas with
dense oil like castor oil or olive oil
. Wait for ten minutes and cover this
with a sunscreen. A combination of sun,
water colors with dyes can give a very severe tan.
Oil your hair thoroughly
and plait long hair to
minimize color seepage. If you have color tints use a hair conditioner instead.
Paint your nails, a transparent coat will do, and for long
nails paint the underside also as color is hard to remove from nail beds.
If the heels of your
feet have dry skin cracks, use a scrubber - color can remain for months once it
enters the fissures.
Those prone to acne
- firmly pat some compact on the face as the oil can aggravate pimples.
Drink enough water and
as the body can get very dehydrated.
If color enters your
, wash hands thoroughly and wash eyes well, if
the discomfort persists see your optician. Never rub your eyes.
These tips are for the preparation, after you have had a
ball - the time to deal with removing the color can be frustrating at the
Firstly try to have a shower
at the earliest
as color when wet washes away easily.
Don't use soap more
, either use a shower gel or an oil or cold cream
Scrubbing too hard will harm the skin.
The best method will be to soak some fuller's earth or
, add some rose water to this. Apply on the body and wait for
30 minutes, it washes away most of the color and dyes - leaving the skin soft.
Add 2 teaspoons of
to a cup of thick curd. Add a teaspoon of gram
flour to make a thick paste. Apply thickly and leave for 30 minutes before
Even when color
remains on the skin after all these efforts - never resort to kerosene oil
or spirits to remove stubborn stains. This can really harm your skin
color will gradually wash away.
Never use a bleach as the tiny particles of mica
can enter skin pores. Wait for a week at least before using bleach.