J’ouvert is messy, fun, but messy. If you’re part of the reveling you will most likely at the end of it all, be covered in oil, paint, mud, powder or most recently chocolate. It is impossible to play J’ouvert and not get extremely dirty, no matter how hard you try, just ask my sister. And getting the J’ouvert gunk off is not easy. Imagine showing up at your workplace on Ash Wednesday morning and there is mud under your fingernails or you have the most severe sunburn on your forehead. Avoid these situations by taking the following simple precautions.
The coconut oil will act as a protective barrier between your skin and the oil, mud, paint, powder or chocolate, thus making it easier to rinse off. If the oil gets into your pores that will be quite a task to get off. Also for those of us with sensitive skin, this can even clog the pores leading to breakouts. Rub the coconut oil all over the body and remember to apply a generous amount.
Ladies this one is for you, and also for fellas who have long hair. It can be near impossible to get the J’ouvertness out of your hair, especially if you have thick hair. To avoid this, cover your hair with a shower cap. The plastic material is perfect for keeping your hair safe and clean. So you can have all the fun you want, without having to worry about the after effects. Wearing a plastic bag over your head is just as effective as a shower cap. So, you can create your own “shower cap” using a plastic bag and a rubber band or loose strings. You can also use a wig over the make-shift shower cap and add some style to your j'ouvert costume!
Ok, so you may be thinking, of course I know I need to take a shower before I go out on the road. This is not going to be used in the way you’re thinking. This soap bar is going to be used to prevent mud, oil and paint from getting under your nails. Simply take the soap bar and run your finger nails over it. It will fill your nails, thus preventing any other remnants from entering. So when you get home, you can just use a pointed end nail file and clean the soap out. There you go, your nails are clean again.
The sun in tropical countries such as ours tends to be hotter. Hence, you shouldn’t go out into the sun without sunscreen. Even though J’ouvert starts in the very early morning before the sun comes out, you will most likely still be out prancing when the sun comes out in full force. The sun has very damaging effects and sunburns can hurt like nothing you’ve ever felt. So avoid them by wearing sunscreen. Always follow the instructions on the labeling closely. For example, apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going out into the sun, and reapply after a lot of sweating or if you get wet.
Home & Garden Caribbean Lifehack: When applying sunscreen don’t forget your lips. Remember your lips are skin too and need protection from the sun as well. Very often people forget their lips and end up getting sunburn there; avoid this by either rubbing sunscreen on your lips or purchasing a lip balm with at least SPF15.
Prepare your car seats for J'ouvert as well with "Temporary DIY Car Seat Covers".