Play it safe

Mar 26, 2013, 02:00 IST | Dhara Vora & Hassan M Kamal

One might send out hundreds of messages to friends and family on Holi, but ensure you take the natural colour route, this time. The GUIDE tells you why it's un-cool to use 'pukka' colours and how to opt for a safer, smarter Holi, instead. Go ahead � create your own riot of colours

Where to buy safe colours

Made using natural ingredients such as indigo, dried pomegranate peels, haritaki and manjishtha; this fragrant range of colours by Omved guarantees no damage to your skin with their 100% natural extracts from fruits, flowers, herbs and seeds.
For Rs 440 for a pack of four colours
At Omved stores at Grand Galleria; Lower Parel, Inorbit Mall; Vashi and Ghatkopar City Mall; Ghatkopar.

The colours for Holi are available with the assurance of being devoid even of a pinch of artificial elements and also offer an option of liquid colours.
For Rs 275 for pack of three, liquid colours at Rs 390
At The Bombay Store at PM Road; Fort, High Street Phoenix; Lower Parel and Inorbit Mall, Malad.

Stationary brand Rangeela’s range of colours for Holi are made using cosmetic grade ingredients and conform to EN71-3 European Standard, making it safe for use by kids aged three years and above. These colours will help safeguard your kids against rash and allergies and is moderately priced too.
For Rs 100 for a pack of three
At Several retail outlets across the city

Turmeric has always been hailed for the good that it does to the skin, these range of colours are made from pure turmeric and are available in five different shades and as wet colours too.
For Rs 140 for 250 gm (a pack of five); gulal, Rs 58 for 100 gm
At Dhoop, 14th Road, lane opposite café Mangii, Khar (W) Call 26498647 

Dermatologist’s Dossier
* Sunscreen a must: Apply 3 to 4 times a day on the previous day — when layered on the sunscreen tends to penetrate deeper and stay on longer. On the day, immediately after your bath in the morning, apply at least two layers of sunscreen.

* Cover ypur body: See that you cover your entire body, usually he exposed areas.

* Apply oil: Oiling your hair will give some protection; if not, then wet your hair and use conditioner liberally. At the end of the day, apply oil like olive or even coconut oil all over your body, leave it on for half an hour followed by a bath.

* Take a bath/s hower: Ensure you take a bath with a shower gel and use a loofah or sponge gently to remove all the colour.
Tips: Dr Rekha Sheth, Cosmetic Dermatologist

What do synthetic colours contain ?
Read this before your head out to buy colours that can harm you in many ways. Here’s why...

The synthetic colours that we use during Holi contain several harmful substances like sand, glass powder, metal compounds like lead oxide, mercury sulphide, industrial dye, engine oil and several other substances that are dangerous for the skin, eyes and lungs and some may cause cancer. We take a look at some most common harmful chemicals found in synthetic holi colours and how they affect your body.

1) Mica: Most commonly found in abeer; mica is added to colours to give them a shining metallic look. It causes skin allergy and irritation.

2) Glass powder and sand: Usually mixed in dry colours; sand and glass powder are very common ingredients and may cause red eyes, skin irritation and asthma attack in some.

3) Metal compounds: Most dark colours are rich in harmful metal compounds, for example, lead oxide (in pic) in black, mercury sulphide in red, copper sulphate in green and aluminium bromide in silver. Exposure to these may cause skin irritation, dermatitis, pink-eye, temporary blindness, bronchial asthma, and in some cases, mercury sulphide and lead oxide, may pass though the placenta and affect foetal growth, causing damage to the nervous system. Lead oxide can cause miscarriage as well as renal failure. Mercury sulphate and aluminium bromide are carcinogenic. Zinc can cause fever and cadmium may lead to weak and brittle bones.

4) Industrial dye, grease and engine oil: Most synthetic holi colors, sold as pukka colours, are made with industrial standard dyes. They are hard to wash off and stay for days once they dry off. Some also contain aromatic compounds and solvents like benzene to make them smell nice. They may cause dermatitis and skin irritation. 

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