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Are synthetic colors used in Holi, harmful to the skin?

Date: 22 Feb 2016    Group: Health    Category: Beauty   

During Holi festival synthetic colors are used for playing Holi. Often such colors are smeared on the face also besides on other parts of the body. Are such synthetic colors harmful for skin? What precautions should be taken to prevent harmful effects to the skin?
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Author: [Anonymous]    23 Feb 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 5  (Rs 5)    Voting Score: 0

Yes, synthetic colors are very much harmful not only for skin but also for eyes, hairs and other sensitive parts of our body.

The precautions one can have are as follows-
1. Do not use and advise other for not using synthetic colors for playing Holi. Herbal colors are the best for this purpose.

2. Apply oil before going out for playing Holi. The layer of Oil on your skin will protect your skin from synthetic colors.

3. Save your eyes and preferable close them when some one is applying color on your face. Synthetic colors can damage your eyes.

4. Prefer clothes which can cover your body till maximum possible extent.

5. Keep your hairs oiled and tied well to minimize the damage of hairs.

6. Use home products like turmeric powder for washing the color after holi. Turmeric powder has antiseptic.

Author: Mahesh    23 Feb 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

There are two types of synthetic colors in the market. The first one is prepared without any consideration of how it affects the skin and hair. Another is made from the chemical which is safe to use on skin and hair.

I'd say use the one which is good for your skin. Those colors are expensive and have some limited availability. So if possible find those type of colors. And there would be no harm to the skin.

Otherwise those low priced and unhealthy colors are going to harm the skin. It all depends on how you are using them on the skin. It's hard to take precaution on which color to take on your body in the festival. Because colors get mixed into your body.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha    24 Feb 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 6  (Rs 6)    Voting Score: 0

The colours available in the markets are mixed with hazardous constituents and as such we must take precautionary steps to dilute its effect as far as possible. The following tips would be helpful-
1) Synthetic colours are to be avoided at all the costs keeping in view of its dangerous effects on health - angle.
2) Let there be consensus of like minded people that they will not resort to powders containing harmful constituents like Mercury, Lead and Copper - sulphate in excess amount since penetration of the same inside the eyes may cause serious injuries of the eyes. Sometimes, these chemicals may cause even blindness. Usage of herbal powder available in the market should be used.
3) In India, plenty of Butea trees ( Palash - trees) are available. Palash - flower can be used to make colours. These colours made from these flowers are devoid of any side - effect.
4) Now the improved quality of Gulal are available. We must use the same.
5) We must take precautionary measures while applying colours on the face. There should not be penetration of the powder inside the eyes and nose in order to arrest the harmful effects.
6) We should make efforts to cover the maximum areas of the body.
7) Application of oil on the body - part would impede the penetration of colours inside the body.
8) let us celebrate the Holi in joyful way. We should have concen for the Public - health and keeping this thing in mind, we should avoid spraying coloured waters and powders in late - night. In that way, they would not have visited the bath - rooms for the cleaning - purpose.

Author: Vin    24 Feb 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Yes synthetic colors used in Holi is not good for our skin, eyes and hair also. There are lot of chemicals used in these color powder which affect allergic to skin. In case of hair which will cause hair fall. So we must have precautions before Holi. Provide security to your eyes with cloths. Use oil in hair before the program.

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