By Bharti Taneja Last Updated:
It’s Holi time and here begins the time to indulge in the colourful and cheerful celebrations of festivities. So, while you let your hair down along with the burst of water, colour, love and laughter– unfortunately, your skin suffers a lot! Plus, your after-efforts to remove Holi colours with chemical-added scrubs and cleansers can worsen your woes.
But, not to worry as we bring you ten fantastic homemade body scrubs to remove Holi colours while nurturing your skin.
Get ready for that post-Holi session by scrubbing or removing Holi colours from your skin, while soothing it with the cooling effect of cucumber. For this, mash the pulp of a cucumber and mix it with papaya, gram flour and a few drops of olive oil. Apply it all over your face and body. And then, wash it off to reveal brighter and younger-looking skin. The cucumber will soothe your skin and papaya due to its papain content will help make it brighter. While the cleaning part will be perfectly implemented by gram flour, the added olive oil will nourish and heal any rashes. This homemade scrub is really effective!
Get rid of that “not-so-great-looking after Holi” skin of yours with this effective mix. Great for people who like to play Holi intense and dirty, this is one of most effective homemade scrubs that can help you remove the Holi colours with just one swipe. Just take one tbsp gram flour, two tbsp rice flour, two tbsp bran, two tbsp sandalwood powder, one tbsp fresh cream, one tbsp olive oil and two tbsp orange juice along with some poppy seeds and a little turmeric powder. Apply this all over your body and face while having the bath. This moisturising and the exfoliating pack will not only say goodbye to impurities but will also brighten up your tone in a go!
If you have been avoiding that body-spa session for a while, this homemade body-polish (ubtan) comes as a great alternative for that! Reveal the best of your body with this skin-lightening body scrub named ubtan. For making this ubtan, mix one bowl of gram flour, turmeric, sandalwood and orange-peel powder each and dilute it using an adequate amount of milk, olive oil and rosewater. Now, apply and rub against the direction of hair growth to remove all the dirt and hues. Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse using cold water. No wonder the turmeric and orange extracts will bless you with the fairness you always wanted!
You do not have to worry in case you are running out of the stuff mentioned above in your kitchen. This simple body scrub can be made using the pulses available all the time in our homes. Just take one tbsp of urad-dal flour, one tbsp red masoor dal flour and soak the mix in lukewarm water. Leave it overnight and before using this mix, add one tbsp calamine powder, two tbsp yoghurt and one tbsp of almond oil in it in morning. The ultra-nourishing properties of the latter ingredients will heal the dryness of your skin because of Holi colours in just a matter of minutes.
Add on the festival’s chirpiness by bidding adieu to the Holi colours on your body with a refreshing take. Start with mixing one tbsp rice flour, one tbsp fullers earth, one tbsp sandalwood powder and turn it into a paste by adding tomato pulp and chilled fresh cream. The cool and rejuvenating effect of this ultra-refreshing homemade scrub will not just take away the shades of Holi, but also the drowsiness that you come across after playing hard.
All you need to do is blend the crushed almonds, mix 1-2 tablespoons of curd and put a pinch of turmeric which acts as the best natural ingredient for the skin. Next, apply this mixture on your face and neck and let it settle for around 20 minutes. Then, splish-splash a little water on your face and start rubbing in a circular motion and scrub it off. This procedure will help you remove all the dirt and will also remove Holi colours which settled on your skin slowly, giving you a clean skin result, thereafter.
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Aloe Vera is very good for skin and moisturises the skin in the right manner without letting your skin effect with any chemical based products. Moisturising the skin post-Holi is very necessary as the harsh colours make your skin dry and dead. All you have to do is blend a teaspoon of fresh Aloe Vera gel along with banana and sandalwood powder, rose petals powder and pinch of turmeric along with a bowl of curd. And your homemade scrub is ready to do wonders!
Mix the mixture well and apply this paste on your face and neck. Let the paste be on your skin for half an hour at least. Finally, once dry, rinse your face with cold water and see the change of your face turning fresh and smoother. You can apply this on a regular basis, say once a week for quicker results.
Along with skin, hair is something which gets equally damaged with the Holi colours and hence, getting the smooth texture of the Hair back is very important. You can revive your manes by applying this homemade scrub mask. Take equal amounts of rose petals powder and methi powder and add 5 times amount of curd to it. Apply this mixture to your manes and let it dry. Even if you keep it over the time, it is not harmful as it is made of all natural ingredients.
The important point here is, wash your hair with a non-chemical based shampoo so that the moisture of your hair retains and gives a shining effect. And let your hair dry naturally.
Besan and milk both are natural ingredients and has many benefits when applied to the skin. Make a paste of besan and milk. As per the thickness, check the consistency and apply on your face and neck. After the paste dries, slowly rub it with your wet hands in a circular motion. During the body scrubbing process, the Holi colours will stick to the besan and eventually, the result will be a clean skin. Use plain or cold water to wash your face and apply some moisturiser thereafter for a glowing clear skin.
Lemon is not just good for health but also for your skin. This body scrub is one of the best natural scrubs to remove Holi colours from your skin and give a healthy tone to your skin. All you need to do is take some lemon wedges and rub it on the colour affected areas of your face and neck. The acidic nature of the lemon helps in lightening the colour, thereby, helping in its removal. You can also extract lemon juice in a bowl and add a pinch of turmeric and apply the scrub like juice with cotton on your face.
So, do not be scared of having fun with the colours this Holi as you have these easy and effective remedies to get you rid of them. Happy Holi!