Eye and skin care tips on Holi


Holi is a religious festival celebrated by Hindus all over the world. It’s known as festival colours in India. Perhaps this spring festival is  happiest and colourful festival of the Hindus. Child to old people all enjoys Holi madly in a jolly mood. This is the only festival where caste distinction is abandoned. It’s celebrated with both dry powder and coloured water. Water gun (Pichkaari) and water balloon are very popular in Holi. Rich, poor, man, women, known and unknown people everyone play Holi together. Though India and Nepal people largely celebrated Holi, but it’s celebrating all over the world by Hindus.

 Initially, it’s celebrated by using the herbal colour, but recently, synthetic chemical colour is more popular than the natural colour. Lack of time, high demand of colours and lack of natural source availability are the major reason for using synthetic colour. The various ingredients found in synthetic colours are a lead oxide, mercury sulphide, copper sulphate, aluminium bromide etc. Those synthetic colours have several side effects on eyes and skin. So we need to protect our eyes and skin from the synthetic colours because synthetic chemical which can cause skin allergies, eye allergies, etc. Injury from synthetic colour also called a type of chemical injury.  The Even harmful chemical can lead to skin or eye cancer. Uses of synthetic colour can cause temporary blindness which is also called fleeting blindness. Common symptoms of allergies are redness, itching, watery eyes, burning sensation, swelling of eyelids, etc.

Rubbing of the eyes can cause a corneal scratch.

Everyone those who will participate in Holi, they need few basic precautions to protect their skin and eyes.

How you protect your skin from colours?

Wear clothes that cover a lot of your body. Use full sleeved clothes and long pants.

Apply coconut oil, olive oil, mustard oil or cream over the uncover skin  and  around your face before start your enjoyment. So that the colour can be removed easily without any harm to your skin.

Use a thick coat of Vaseline or lip balm to protect your lips.

Use nail polish to protect your nails from synthetic colours.

Try to use gel based colour as they easy to wash off.

Keep colour away from the mouth because it can cause vomiting and could also lead to poisoning.

Finally, try to avoid using toxic colours, especially on children. Also, try to avoid using a dark colour as they have tended to stick to the skin and difficult to remove.

Don’t participate in Holi if you are prone to any skin allergy or asthmatic.

How you protect your eyes?

Tie your hair or use a cap to prevent coloured water dripping into the eyes. Better to cover your hair with a cap to decrease contact with colours. If dry or wet colour enters into the eyes, then wash them immediately with plain lukewarm water. Continue flushing water for 10 minutes at least and keep your eyes tightly closed.

Use protective glass (White glasses or sunglasses on sunny days) while take participate in Holi. Glasses should be totally covered your eyes and wrap around the sunglasses.

If you wear contact lenses then remove them before stepping out to play Holi.

Please touch or rub your eyes while playing Holi because through hand the colour chemical can harm your eyes. It can cause irritation or temporary vision loss.

Don’t throw water balloons directly to someone face.  If anybody throwing a water balloon on you then turn back. Don’t encourage your child to do the same.

Teach your child to use his/her pichakaree away from other people’s faces, especially their eyes and ears.

Lastly consumes limited Bhang, the official drink for Holi. Overdoses of Bhang can increase blood pressure and psychosis. Never mix it with alcohol or consume it in empty stomach.

Keep anti-allergic tablet for safety purpose.

Keep local hospital, ambulance, Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, paediatrician number for emergency purpose.


Wish you a happy and safe Holi 2016


Do periodic eye check up. Check your eyes by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist today.


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