Now that the hot and humid season is here, perspiration will a major problem that we all will have to face. And our feet get affected by it the most since the accumulation of odour and germs starts happening around this area the most. To remove the waste secreted from perspiration, we all must wash our feet regularly in order to remain fresh and clean. While bathing also, you must remember to pay attention to your feet, apply talcum powder over them and wear open sandals as well as slippers to stay away from any infection due to humidity. However, wearing open footwear also attracts dirt and thus it becomes essential to take care of your feet.
Some Conditions That May Develop During Monsoons
Feet suffer a lot during the humid weather and if not paid attention to, they can develop conditions like athlete’s foot. This condition starts with a fungal infection and then leads to dry scaling on the feet, itching, etc. And thus you should consult a dermatologist as soon as possible. You may also try some anti-fungal home remedies for mild infections or initial stages of infection:
- You can use talcum powder to keep your feet dry during monsoons in order to avoid bacteria buildup.
- Apart from that, apple cider vinegar can also treat mild fungal infections. Just mix equal quantities of the vinegar and water and apply over the affected area with a cotton pad. Pat dry after 30 minutes with a clean towel.
- In addition to that, a mixture of alow vera, tea tree oil (tea tree oil for skin)and olive oil can be applied over the affected area too.
How To Do Pedicure At Home
Weekly pedicures help to keep the feet and nails clean and prevent fungal infections, especially in hot and humid weather. It is advisable to do weekly pedicures to keep your feet clean and healthy. Weekly pedicures prevent fungal infections and protect your feet even against the extremities of the weather. However, it is impossible and very expensive to be able to go to the parlour and get a pedicure done every week. But what you do is pamper your feet with a home pedicure.
- Remove your nail paints.
- And then in a bucket take some warm water and to this add 10 drops of lemon juice, half cup coarse salt and a few drops of tea tree oil if your feet sweat a lot.
- Soak your feet in the mixture for about 15 minutes.
- After this clean your nails using a soft brush and scrub your heel with a pumice stone.
- Then rinse the feet and pat them dry with a towel.
- Next, you can use a nail clipper to cut the nails. But make sure you cut your nails squarely and do not round off as rounding off increases the chances of an ingrown nail.
- Also, do cut off the nail cuticles, instead of brush some cream and push them back gently.
- Apply cream all over the feet including heels and massaging the feet well and then wipe away with a towel.
- Sprinkle some talcum powder over the feet and finally, apply nail polish of your choice after keeping a cotton pad between your toes.
Here Are Some DIY Recipes For Monsoons
DIY Foot Lotion
Mix together 3 tablespoons of rose water, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of glycerine. Apply the mixture on your feet and leave it on for 30 minutes then wash.
DIY Cooling Bath
Take some rose water, lemon juice and Eau de cologne and pour it in cold water. Soak your feet in the solution and get clean, great smelling feet.
Cooling Massage Oil
Take 100 ml olive oil, 2 drops of eucalyptus oil, 2 drops of rosemary oil and 3 drops of khus/rose oil. Mix all these oils together and use them for feet massage. Store in an airtight container for further use.
Shahnaz Husain is a leading beauty expert in India. She is also the chairperson of the Shahnaz Husain Group and a pioneer of Ayurveda inspired beauty treatments.