Recently we came across an episode of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, where Priyanka Chopra (our first big mainstream bollywood export) was lamenting over missing Holi in India. When asked to explain what the festival was about, she just said the four things - Alcohol, milkshake with magical substances, music EVERYWHERE and permission to colour any person you want to.
We couldn’t have said it better or to better effect.
I mean really where does one get to do any of that openly in the name of our gods!
Holi is 100% our favourite Indian festival (out of the 30,000 festivals we celebrate yearly). But what isn’t our favourite part - post Holi cleanup!
It is close to impossible to be able to get rid of all the colour one manages to take on during holi, in one bath alone. In fact we wouldn't be exaggerating if I said majority of Indians seem pink for a few days after Holi.
We decided this year to break with tradition and not look pink for a week ( I am not being funny. It is a serious problem). We found a few age-old grandmother concoctions to mix up for easy-on-the-skin recipes.
Here are three that were super effective and immediate -
Lemon Honey & Aloe Vera Moisturiser
Holi means a ton of chemical colours mixed with god knows what wanting to take permanent residency on your skin. Sadly the face is the easiest and most affected victim. The more you wash, the more dry your skin gets (or at least mine does). So instead of using any form of soap - We learnt that lemon, aloe vera and honey are natural skin lighteners. Every time you want to wash your face, make a mix of the three and leave it on your face for a few minutes. Wash when dry and you will find your skin soft and supple and voila! - a few tones more you than holi.
Just mix up various permutations and combinations of curd, gram flour, turmeric, olive oil and lemon juice and apply it on your body. Dry for a bit and then rub it off. All of these lighten the visibility of the dark shades of Holi colours, and helps the skin back to its original complexion and glow quickly. Apply this pack on your body every alternate day post Holi, to get faster results.
Coconuts for coconut
Apply coconut oil before and after holi. Massage it into your skin and wipe off with wet cloth. Moisturise with the lemon-aloevera-honey moisturiser after!
We hope these were helpful and a most joyous and colourful Holi to you all :)