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Holi 2016: Your festive survival guide decoded!

Some love it, some hate it, but nobody can escape it. Well, we are indeed talking about the festival of colours 'Holi' which is knocking on your doors and yes, it's too late to escape the revelry now, isn't it?

What began as a festival to celebrate the victory of good over evil, the onset of spring and an opportunity to meet loved ones who have drifted apart, has now taken shape of mad merrymaking and there's no way any one of us can avoid it lest you are planning to sit indoors like a spoilsport. And, to make sure that you survive the Holi craziness, we bring to you the prefect Holi survival guide, which will make sure you get up sane this Friday.

Chances are, you are fed up with your mother telling you what to do and what not to do every Holi since you always end up scrubbing that colour off your body because mom's gharelu nuskha fails every time. Well, if that's precisely your story, then my dearies, you are doing it all wrong, each Holi. So, here's your fix, an antidote to those shoddy colours and innumerable glasses of thandai!

Choose a holy skin over a Holi skin

So, how many people have suggested you to use those exotic body butters before Holi so that those harsh colours don't penetrate into your skin? Well, expensive creams don't guarantee protection to the skin because eventually it's the colour that people put on your face which takes the final toll on the skin. Dr Rinky Kapoor, Dermatologist, SL Raheja Fortis Hospital, Mumbai feels the most important step of controlling damage to your skin is telling your loved ones to invest in good natural colours and not the strong chemical based colours. As per Dr Kapoor, another very common mistake that people, especially women commit is heading to a salon right before the festival. The doctor lists things to be kept in mind before indulging in the Holi revelry:

- Don't undergo any skin related treatment or procedure before Holi. - Mix sunscreen with a good moisturiser and apply the same on the skin before you start battling out the hues. - Oil your hair with coconut oil and tie a pony, this way at least you'll be able to protect your hair from any further damage.

How to take care of your feet:

Constant exposure to dirt, grime and sun can wreak your feet. Wearing open sandals in this weather can not only make your feet to crack but also cause tanning. Here are a few ways you can take care of them -

Wash your feet when you get back home and apply a moisturising lotion
Right after you get into your house, make sure that you wash your feet and apply a thick layer of moisturising cream to protect it from getting cracked. Further, the cream will also take care of the cracks that you have already developed on your feet.

Tried microblading yet?

Now, throw away your eye brow pencil. A new technique -microblading -tattoos eyebrows, and is a boon for ladies with sparse hair growth or those suffering from diseases such as cancer and alopecia.

This manual method is semi-permanent, and is done by using a very fine blade to deposit pigments matching the eye brow colour, into the epidermis. As it is closer to the surface, the strokes are crisp and fine, producing hair-like strokes, to give an effect of natural, fuller-looking brow. The results can last from 11 to 18 months, depending on how well the skin retains the pigment. However, a touch up once a year is recommended to retain the shape and saturation of pigment. The procedure takes about an hour and a half to two hours. The healing process is different for everyone, as it takes between 25 and 30 days. After a month, technicians recommend a 40minute touch-up.