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Moisturiser can save your skin from colour assault
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, March 5
City residents are all set to let their hair down on Holi and participate fully in the fun and frolic associated with it. But there are also those who lock themselves up in their homes and avoid visitors who may come calling to celebrate Holi with them. Their reason could be some bitter experience of the past.

Health-conscious people are scared of harmful chemical colours, and rightly so, that are available in the market. These can cause many problems.

Skin specialists in the city say that a number of natural products available are a good substitute to the harmful toxic chemicals.

Dr Alka Dogra, head of the Dermatology Department of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, says toxic chemical colours can be very harmful to skin, hair and eyes. These should be avoided. “The chemicals that go into these colours cause irritation, dermatitis marked by oedema, vesiculation, oozing, redness, contact allergy, etc. Skin is a delicate protective wrap. To protect it, we can make colours from turmeric powder (yellow), beetroot (red) and henna leaves (green), which are not only safe but also good for skin, Dr Dogra suggests.

Dr Deepinder Singh, Reader, Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic Medical College, says the festival of happiness was celebrated in the ancient times with gulal, haldi, kesar, milk, etc. “Though colours are put on each other in good faith, our skin does not take it in the festive spirit. The effects of the chemical colours can be countered to an extent by using a moisturiser on the face and body, putting oil in hair, etc. Greasy substances hinder colour absorption. If possible, use water-based colours,” he says.

Dr Dogra also suggests that playing Holi with flower extracts could be very refreshing. Rose, hibiscus and marigold flowers give colour as well as fragrance. If one can afford natural products, there is nothing like it. “The rush at skin OPDs after Holi increases. Harmful colours start telling upon the skin within 24 hours. The use of lead, ink, grease, copper sulphate, etc, on skin has harmful effects,” says Dr Dogra.

Dr Emy Thomas, in charge of the Skin Department, Christian Medical College and Hospital, says colours should not contain coarse particles and should be inert. “Producers use dyes in colours, which are harmful to skin and hair texture.

Such colours can cause pigmentation and urticaria. Those suffering from acne are the worst affected,” the physician adds.



Apollo Hospital comes to city
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 5
SPS Apollo Hospital will be operational here from June. Thakur Uday Singh, Managing Director of the hospital, said at a press conference that the project had been implemented by Satguru Jagjit Singh through SJS Holdings Ltd. The 300-bedded hospital would have the state-of-the-art technology.

The hospital costing about Rs 75 crore would house clinical departments and the medical stores and support services would be located in a separate building.

Super-speciality services would be offered. To monitor the efficiency and quality, a hospital management information system along with global access telemedicine system had been planned.



Poonam, Rachna top sports meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 5
Poonam and Rachna, students of BA III, were adjudged the best athlete and the best player, respectively, during the annual athletics meet of the Sanatan Dharam Pracharak Institutions held at the SDP College for Women ground, Circular Road, here today. A large number of students from SDP College, SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal, and Om Parkash SDP Model Senior Secondary School took part in athletics and fun games.

Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation, inaugurated the meet. Ms S. Verma, Principal, SDP College, welcomed the chief guest. He also read out the report highlighting the achievements of the students during the current academic year.


SDP College: 50 m — Nidhi 1, Avinash 2, Ritu 3; 100 m — Nidhi 1, Poonam 2, Neetu 3; 200 m — Nidhi 1, Ritu 2, Nitima 3; 400 m — Nidhi 1, Ridhu 2, Nitima 3; sack race — Poonam 1, Manu 2, Suman 3; chatti race — Harpreet 1, Pooja 2, Razia 3; slow cycling — Poonam 1, Nilima 2, Rashmi 3; potato race — Neha Dholi 1, Sazi 2, Neha Jain 3; three-legged race — Reemi and Shallu 1, Meenu and Jyoti 2.

SDP Sr Sec School, Basti Jodhewal, best athletes — Neena (senior wing) and Chandni (junior wing).


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