Your Period Guide For Holi 2022
It’s officially that time of the year. The festival of colours, Holi is right upon us. It’s year 2 into the pandemic and having missed out on a lot of festivals and holidays these last few years because of restrictions, Holi this year comes as a much awaited occasion to go out and celebrate (all while ensuring safety and maintaining COVID-19 protocols of course). But right at the same time period woes have got you hesitant to celebrate this holiday? Fret not and read along, we have you covered with our Holi On Period Guide.
TRACK YOUR CYCLE
Tracking your cycle helps predict your flow for the day if your periods are consistent, or can help anticipate irregularities roughly. We recommend keeping track of your period regardless of this one occasion as it helps plan your trips and events better in the future and also helps you understand your cycle better. There are various apps which you can use to track your cycle very conveniently.
PERIOD HYGIENE AND CARE
As celebrating Holi means staying outdoors for prolonged hours, try using a menstrual cup this time. You would not have to worry about the pad being wet or leaking even if you get fully drenched. Menstrual cups provide prolonged coverage, perfect for the occasion. You will also have the freedom in choosing what to wear as menstrual cups are a leak proof and rash-free option. Make sure to pick a good medical grade silicone cup according to your size and flow. You can look to get one here. Always check the size guide if you’re a first time user before purchasing. You can also read our article on menstrual cups here to get more insight on using one if you have not before. Take a shower in lukewarm water at the end of the day to ensure that the chemicals wash off properly. Avoid using soap or forms of body wash around your intimate areas as it can irritate your skin. Use a good quality intimate wash or wipes to clean your intimate areas as they ensure that the PH balance is maintained. You can look to get these here.
A good moisturizer and sunscreen is a must before you step out in the sun and handle colours in various forms. Ensure that you apply them both not just on your face but any part of your skin that is exposed. Avoid having colours and pigments soak in your skin for a long period of time as it can cause irritation.
Prime your hair well before sun exposure and contact with the colour powders as well. Use a good serum and a heat protectant to shield your hair from the heat, grime, dust and the chemicals of the colours used. If you’re looking for something more natural, coconut oil is a great option.
Wear light and airy clothing where you feel the most comfortable. Your skin will thank you for wearing clothing made out of natural fibers like cotton which are breathable which isn’t rough to feel. Avoid wearing anything that is very dark in colour as it traps heat. You cannot go wrong with the classic whites or off-whites. Make sure to carry a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and to avoid any contact with the colours.
AVOID HARSH CHEMICALS
Even with a good skin care in place, the colour powders and water can be quite harmful. Try using powders which are natural or which have a mild composition without any harmful ingredients. Avoid using them in excess and in and especially in and around the areas near your eyes and mouth.
Staying out in the sun causes dehydration so it’s always a good idea to carry a bottle of water. Avoid attending celebrations and parties where you know it will be super crowded as having COVID-19 protocols and safety measures in place would be a lot more difficult or will not be there at all.