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5 chemicals to avoid in body care
Body care

5 chemicals to avoid in body care

Using various marketing strategies, the cosmetic industry is booming. The effect of social media and celebrities also increases the rate of cosmetic purchases. The constantly changing climatic factors, and the high amount of pollution is showing the effect of cosmetics on the skin. Skin deterioration is now a common concern among frequent cosmetic users. Thus the evolution of cosmetic products in the market. This concern for healthy and safe skin, questions cosmetic companies that use chemical ingredients in their products.

The instant results given by cosmetics, and the pressure of celebrities and influences, make people buy and use products without going through a thorough read of its ingredients. Skin care experts have pointed out a number of chemicals used in cosmetic products that are known to yield opposite results to what you maybe looking for. And the skin, being the largest organ, absorbs many of the ingredients applied on it, giving it direct exposure to all the harm. Amongst many others, these are 5 chemicals that you need to completely avoid in your cosmetic products :

 

Parabens

Parabens are the most commonly found harmful chemical that is used in almost all skincare products. Parabens help preserve the cosmetic item for a longer amount of time. It prevents the formation of bacteria or fungi within the products, but being a synthetic preserver it is quite harmful for the skin. It causes hormonal imbalances, and studies are yet to confirm the role it plays in stimulating breast cancer in women.

Fragrances

Almost every skincare product has fragrance added as an ingredient. In fact, fragrance of products is one of its key selling points. As the ingredients list mentions fragrance, the chemical used for this purpose is left unknown. This is even more problematic as companies tend to use a mixture of chemicals to achieve their right kind of fragrance. This may yield to the development of allergies and inflammations, and can even have worse toxic effects on the body.

Phthalates

This is another chemical commonly used to increase cosmetic softness and flexibility. It is also called a plasticiser, and prevents the breakage of the product for a longer period. This chemical causes adverse effects like hormonal imbalances, which in turn affects the reproductive system and even cause cancer. What is more distressing is that many products include this chemical for fragrance, and so might not even be listed on the ingredients list.

SLS

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate / Sodium Laureth Sulphate is the ingredient in bodywash and shampoo that create the foaming bubble effect. It is found in more than 90% of cleaning products outside the cosmetic range. While SLS in itself is a skin irritant and can cause major problems in the long run, it can also combine with other chemicals in the products to form even deadlier combinations. It is detrimental in causing skin and eye irritations, redness and flaky skin.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde dissolved in water, known as formalin, or other chemicals that release formaldehyde are used in many cosmetic products in order to prevent the growth of bacteria and other product defecting organisms. In small amounts it may not be that lethal, but absorbed in large amounts by the skin can cause serious skin irritations and long term skin diseases.

 

It is ironic to say that we spend quite a lot of money and time on body care to make our bodies better and healthier, only to know that they bring great harm to our bodies. It is time that we quit blindly following beauty trends. You need to understand your skin and hair types, and choose products with limited chemicals, and a thorough knowledge of those used.

 

 

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Skin care tips for private areas
Skin care

Skin care tips for private areas

Skin in private areas are more delicate and sensitive than the skin in other body parts, making it prone to irritation and infections. Both men and women experience skin problems in private areas from time to time. The most common causes of skin irritation are chemicals, moisture and friction. The chemicals in the products we use, cause dryness, sensitivity, itchiness, redness and cracking of the skin. Skin damaged by rubbing or friction can get infected by common skin bacteria and yeasts, that can cause skin problems. Good skin care can improve dry, itchy and irritated skin. We have listed some simple measures that will help you fight skin infection in your private areas.

 

Do’s

  • For cleaning, use water and a soap substitute such as an aqueous cream.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes and underwear made from natural fibers (not synthetic) like cotton, to allow private area skin to remain cool.
  • Use un-perfumed, un-coloured, un-bleached sanitary products.
  • Change your underwear daily.
  • Rinse underwear thoroughly after washing, to remove laundry detergent.
  • Wash your underwear in non-biological washing powder. Don’t add fabric softener.
  • Take short and cool showers.

 

Don’ts

  • Try to avoid using soaps, body washes, tea tree oil, antiseptics, bubble baths, perfumed products, intimate hygiene products, feminine wipes, wet wipes, scented oils and toilet paper.
  • Avoid panty liners and sanitary pads; instead, use tampons.
  • No long hot showers. They increase itch and dry the skin.
  • No more than 2 showers a day.
  • Avoid tight clothes, nightwear and underwear.
  • Avoid leather, wool and nylon clothing.
  • Avoid waxing, shaving and hair removal creams.
  • Don’t use creams that have not been prescribed for skin problems, including creams from the chemist or naturopath.
  • Avoid rubbing and scratching.

 

Remedies

Saltwater baths

Saltwater baths can sooth moist, irritated, itchy and inflamed skin in the private areas. Add 1 small handful of salt in a shallow bath, and soak yourselves for 10-15 minutes, 2 times per day. Stop saltwater bathing / soaking after 3 days, as excessive soaks can over-dry the skin.

Cold packs

Cold packs are very good for relieving itch and burning pain, as cold can block pain and itchy sensations. Use a small ice pack or frozen peas wrapped in a soft towel, and apply to skin until itch or pain resolves.

Soap substitutes

Soap substitutes can be used for dry or irritated skin.

 

These tips can help you prevent or reduce skin problems in your private areas. If you still have problems despite trying these measures, consult a skin doctor to get a diagnosis.

 

 

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How to prevent your hair from tangling
Hair care

How to prevent your hair from tangling

Tangled hair is a true nightmare for many. Whatever be your hair type no one is safe from hair entanglement, especially those with long hair or curly hair. Tangled hair is a frustrating problem, getting rid of the tangles can be painful and painstaking, not to mention, it’s bad for your hair. Luckily, there are some easy and not so painful ways to deal with hair tangles.

Before we get into the tips and tricks to combat tangles and minimize knots in your hair. Let’s look at what causes hair tangling? The main causes of hair entanglement are:

  • Lack of hydration

Lack of moisture in the hair can lead to creating more friction and tension in your hair, which then creates tangles.

  • Not combing

Not brushing your hair daily can lead to hair tangle. When you don’t comb your hair daily, the oil or residues that build up in your hair over time create knots and disrupt the health of your hair.

  • Untrimmed dry ends

Not trimming your hair results in split ends and frizzy hair. Dry, frizzy strands and split ends can create knots and tangle easily.

 

Now that we know how tangles form let’s look at some effective ways to minimise the hair tangling.

 

Condition Your Hair

The first and foremost is to condition your hair and keep it hydrated and moisturised as possible. Merely shampooing your hair is not good enough. Always finish with a moisture-locking conditioner. Conditioner helps to keep the moisture, smoothen your hair and softens dry strands effectively.

Oil Your Hair Regularly

By oiling your hair daily you can give your hair a healthy dose of moisture it needs regularly. Organic coconut oil is an excellent way to show some love to your locks. Coconut oil is very effective when comes to moisturising hair and it works great on all hair types. Mixing coconut oil with jojoba and olive oils can help you get rid of tangles and get long-lasting results.

Rinse With Cold Water

This is a simple yet effective step. Rinsing your locks with cold water helps to close hair cuticles and prevent any further breakage. It also helps to remove rough and dry strands of hair.

Avoid Using Heat Styling Tools

Heat styling tools like blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can cause hair damage on prolonged use. It sucks out the moisture from the hair, which then leads to tangling. To avoid this you can apply a heat protectant before heat styling your hair.

 

These are some ways you can untangle your hair without damaging it. This way you don’t have to tangle with your hair daily. Just follow these tips and you will have a tangle-free healthy hair.

 

 

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6 New Year Resolutions to get Beautiful Skin
Body care

6 New Year Resolutions to get Beautiful Skin

A new year is coming and you know what it means right – resolutions. Resolutions, okay, so we all hate New Year’s resolutions, and we never really stick to them. But that shouldn’t stop us from trying! With 2020 right around the corner, it’s time to plan the New Year’s resolutions. We bet many of you have already started making new year’s resolutions in relation to health, fitness, and lifestyle. But what about the skincare department? Have you made plans to look more beautiful this new year? If no, don’t worry we got you covered. We’ve picked out a range of new year skincare resolutions that would help you step into a new year looking younger with brighter, healthier skin. So here are some skin-care resolutions worth sticking to.

 

Drink up

Water is a great thing, and your skin needs a lot of it. Drink as much as you need throughout the course of the day. Drink to your health.

Diet

A good diet can work magic. Like exercise, I’m sure many, many people already have this planned, but I suppose the skincare benefits could just add that extra motivation you need to stick with it. A poor diet can cause breakouts and sullen-looking skin, whereas a good diet can provide your body with all the nutrients you need for great skin.

Sleep

Some people might scoff at the idea of making a New Year’s resolution to sleep for at least 8 hours a day, but it is a very valid resolution, especially for your skin. Not only can sleep help you keep those dark circles under your eyes at bay, but it also reduces stress, which is one of the primary causes of acne.

Stop touching your face

This might be the most difficult of all the skincare resolutions there are and the biggest challenge for most of us. Picking spots and blemishes will not do you any good if anything it only makes them last longer, but it can also result in scarring and increased breakouts. Leave your blemishes alone, treat them properly, and be patient. It’s worth it!

Commit to sun protection

Slathering on a layer of SPF each morning before you go out can protect your skin from damaging UV rays that can penetrate the skin. Like it or not, sun protection is an absolute must. You should take responsibility for protecting your skin with sun protection measures.

Make it out to the salon

Your skin will thank you for it. In order to keep your skin looking its absolute best, try to make it out to the salon for a facial every month.

 

With these skincare resolutions, you’ll be on your way to healthy and radiant-looking skin in no time. So instead of planning new year resolutions and abandoning it. Aspire to stick to the resolutions throughout the year and get ready for the biggest surprise of your life. We wish you a happy new year. Stay motivated, stay beautiful.

 

 

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Pre-wedding beauty care tips for brides
Body care

Pre-wedding beauty care tips for brides

Marriage is one of the most important and happiest moments in a girl’s life. Every girl wants to look the best on her wedding day. Being the star of the wedding, looks, upkeep, and health of the bride hold the utmost importance on the wedding day. Now, let’s have a look at 7 important pre-wedding beauty care tips for the bride-to-be, which can be done easily from anywhere.

 

Stay Hydrated

Ensure sufficient hydration by drinking an adequate amount of water. Daily intake of at least 2 litres of water not only improves general health, detoxify and energise us but also makes our skin healthy and glowing.

Routine Cleansing and Moisturisation

Make a skin cleansing as well as moisturising routine and always follow it. Proper cleansing will exfoliate the skin, increasing its breathing, and make the pores less visible by removing dirt, blackheads, etc. Daily moisturisation will make skin smoother and supple, making us younger by bringing out the natural glow of our skin.

Home-made skin exfoliating and moisturizing cleanser

Mix gram flour powder with thick curd and concentrated juice of one or half lemon. Gently rub and apply the mix evenly on face/body as per need. Relax after leaving this mix for a maximum of 10 minutes. Wash it off with water.

Hair Care Regimen

Health and beauty of hair play a major role in our looks. Combing hair twice a day from scalp to tips with a clean brush continuously for 20 minutes will bring out the natural oil on the scalp which is the best for hair growth and to prevent hair fall as well as damage. Keeping a routine for applying herbal oils as well as daily hair wash will cleanse as well as rejuvenate the cells on the scalp, accelerating hair growth by making them healthier. Gently massaging the scalp during hair bath is another excellent, simple tip to increase hair growth.

Home-made herbal hair oil

Put hibiscus petals and leaves to heated coconut oil. Continue heating and stir well. Switch off the flame after the mix blends finely, and then let it cool down. Apply on the scalp with massage before bath. After that, washing hair using a home-made shampoo will give the best results.

Home-made herbal shampoo

Take a bunch of hibiscus leaves. Wash the leaves properly and make foam using them with water. Then, the hibiscus leaves will blend well with water becoming a thick, and sticky semi-liquid. Washing hair with this home-made shampoo after applying oil will cleanse the hair, accelerate hair growth by strengthening hair follicles, making our hair shine naturally.

Nail Care

Shining nails add to our beauty and looks. The beauty of nails depends on its health and for this, always remember to keep the nails dry and clean to prevent bacteria, infection, etc.. Keeping nails properly cut, and paying attention to clean hands are two important things in maintaining nail health. Nails need to be handled gently because scrubbing roughly and digging deep inside them will invite infections. Take a break from nail polish or art for a chosen period to keep it all-natural.

Nail care at home

Rub little sunflower/virgin coconut/almond/olive oil on nails and leave it. The routine application will ensure nail health and make them shine.

Proper Nutrition

Health is the key to beauty and is determined by eating right. Ensure proper nutrition through a balanced diet as per personal preferences. A balanced diet includes a sufficient amount of carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, as well as micro-nutrients. The health of skin, hair, nails, and body depends on diet and plays a decisive role in beauty. If you want to shed weight, don’t go for crash dieting; it can make you look dull and tired on your ‘D’ day. So, follow a balanced diet and be healthy to become a glowing, energetic bride. Take expert care if you see these signs even after a proper diet :

  • Heavy hair fall or hair damage
  • Dull and extra dry skin
  • Feeling overly tired
  • Brittle / spoon-shaped nails, white spots / horizontal lines on nails

Regular Exercise

Regular exercise will shed unwanted fat, regulate blood sugar levels, energize, and keep us healthy by increasing body immunity naturally. A sedentary lifestyle will lead to obesity, invite various illnesses and will heavily damage our health. Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes to get the best results.

Relaxation Techniques

It is a well-known fact that relaxation rejuvenates the body as well as the mind, by providing strength, happiness, and peace of mind. Various relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, etc. are proven to give enormous health and beauty benefits.

Adequate Sleep

It is a proven fact that proper sleep is one of the basic requirements to keep up general health. It relaxes, balances all body functions, and rejuvenate improving our health and looks. Ensure 8 hours of sleep to keep us energetic, and for youthfulness. Proper sleep is proven to reduce beauty problems including dark circles under eyes and aging signs like reduced collagen as well as skin elasticity.

 

All the above tips can provide amazing results making every girl look her best on her wedding day. But, making them a daily routine can always keep us healthy and beautiful. Although not applicable in every situation, it will be best to include these simple lifestyle changes at least 6 months before the wedding to get the best results.

Skindays provides the best pre-wedding skin treatments in Kerala.

 

 

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Causes and 10 remedies for open pores
Skin care

Causes and 10 remedies for open pores

Our skin breathes through its natural follicle openings called pores. But when they become enlarged, it causes open pores. Open pores are found more in oily or combination skin types because of excess sebum or oil production, which will make them more visible. Lack of cleanliness will lead to settlement of tissues or oil around the pores, making them larger in appearance. Genetics, as well as ageing, are other reasons behind open pores. When we age, cell renewal activities, collagen production, as well as skin elasticity decreases, resulting in slacking and more visibility of pores.

Whatever is the reason behind open pores, there are remedies to it. In reality, makeup and cosmetics make open pores appear larger. So, let’s have a look at some easy remedies for open pores.

 

Egg white

Beat an egg white and apply it gently on the face. Leave it for a while to let it dry and then rinse it off with cool water. Regular application will tighten the skin and shrink the pores. For oily skin, this is the best method to reduce and prevent open pores.

Buttermilk

Apply buttermilk evenly on face and affected parts with a clean cotton or smooth cloth. Leave for a few minutes to dry and then rinse it off with clean water. Routine application with tighten up the skin and reduce pores.

Papaya paste

Mash a few ripened papaya and apply the paste on the face. Leave it for 20minutes. Repeating it on alternate days will help in tightening, toning, and cleansing the skin resulting in removing dirt and reduction as well as prevention of open pores.

Gram flour or besan face mask

Mix one tablespoon of gram flour with an equal amount of yoghurt or milk and one teaspoon of turmeric powder. Make a paste out of this mix and apply the same on face. Leave it for a minimum of 20 minutes. Then rinse with cool water and softly remove with a towel. Quarterly application can give amazing results by removing dead cells, exfoliating skin, as well as tightening up pores.

Banana scrub

Peel a ripened banana and softly scrub it on the face. Wash with cool water after 10 to 15 minutes. Regular application will make the skin smooth by rejuvenating it with the help of antioxidants and minerals naturally present in banana.

Ice or cold water

Wrap few ice cubes inside a clean and smooth cloth. Then, gently apply it on the face and the affected area for a duration of 15 to 30 minutes. This will increase blood circulation, tighten up the skin, as well as shrink open pores. Washing the face and affected area with cold water will also give the same results. Daily application will give the best results.

Cucumber-Lemon juice face mask

Take four or five cucumber slices and cool them by keeping it in a freezer. Blend it well with two tablespoons of pure lemon juice. Apply the mix on the face as a mask and leave for 15 minutes. Repeating the same in two or three weeks can slow down ageing by providing soothing and nourishment naturally reducing open pores.

Turmeric-Milk paste

Finely mix one tablespoon of turmeric powder and one tablespoon of milk to make a soft paste. Apply this on areas having open pores and leave the same for at least 10 minutes. Then remove it with cool water. Turmeric’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties will kill the bacteria and cure inflammation, reducing open pores. Milk is a natural cleanser. The routine application will give amazing results.

Tomato mask

Take one tomato and mix it with one teaspoon of honey. Make the mix into a paste and apply it on the area affected by open pores. Rinse it after letting the paste dry for at least 10 minutes. Daily usage will tighten up open pores by balancing the skin through the natural acids present in tomatoes.

Butter-Salt mix

Mix butter with a little salt and evenly apply this mix on face and affected area. Leave it for about 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water. Routine application will reduce the size of open pores.

 

All these are some remedies for open pores, which can be easily done from our homes with readily available ingredients. But, taking care of the following simple yet important things and making them a daily routine can keep us away from open pores.

  • Staying hydrated by drinking sufficient amount of water
  • Proper exfoliation through taking care of skin
  • Keeping the skin clean
  • Using sunscreen

Above practices will slow down the ageing process and minimise the chance of getting open pores.

 

 

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Dark Circles – 7 common causes and easy home remedies
Skin care

Dark Circles – 7 common causes and easy home remedies

Do you suffer from dark circles under the eyes? Don’t worry; you are not alone. Dark circles under lower eyelids are one of the most common beauty concerns. Though there are genetic reasons and illnesses behind it, majority of the causes behind dark circles are very common.

 

Lack of proper sleep

The most popular reason behind dark circles. Sleeping lesser or more can cause dark circles. Sleeping as per the requirement of one’s body will eliminate tiredness, and is essential for proper digestion, to keep us healthy and energetic.

Lack of proper nutrition

It is a well-known fact that dark circles are a symptom of anemia or iron deficiency, which can be easily avoided through nutritious foods. Replenishing collagen and elasticity of the skin through a balanced diet will energize and relax us, keeping dark circles away.

Dehydration

Lack of proper water supply makes our body tired, causing bags and dark circles under the eyes. The skin around our eyes lies closer to the underlying bone, and lack of fluids will make blood vessels more prominent there, resulting in dull eyes. Proper hydration is inevitable to keep energy and maintain healthy body functions.

Bad habits

Habits like smoking and alcohol consumption is well known for causing dark circles around the eyes. Such habits can negatively affect sleeping, digestion, and general health. Avoid these unwanted habits to lead a healthy and happy life.

Allergies

Certain allergies related to skin or gut causes dark circles. Allergens differ from person to person. So, be alert to stay away from edible stuff and external substances, if it is causing allergy.

Stress

As we all know, stress causes physical, mental as well as emotional setbacks. Stress causes tiredness, resulting in dark circles. Being wise to understand various circumstances causing personal stress and staying away from them can keep dark circles away.

Aging

A natural cause behind dark circles. Ensure routine skincare, exercise regularly, and ensure daily nutrition to keep ourselves fit and reduce signs of aging, naturally.

 

Well, those were some of the causes of dark circles that can be easily identified and taken care of. Now, let’s look at seven simple home remedies for dark circles.

 

Cucumber

Cut cucumber and place the slices over your closed-eyes covering the areas surrounding it. High water content in cucumber will hydrate, and Vitamin C in cucumber will nourish the skin under it, eliminating issues like dark circles under eyes.

Rosewater (or Gulab Jal)

Apply cotton soaked in rose water under eyes, leave it for 15 minutes. Rosewater can strengthen and rejuvenate the skin, slow down aging, and avoid dark circles.

Honey

Apply honey making a thin layer under the eyes. Leave it for a maximum of 20 minutes and then rinse with water. Honey naturally nourishes skin preventing skin issues like dark circles.

Lemon Juice

Carefully apply lemon juice under the eyes. Leave it for a maximum of 10 minutes before washing off. Lemon juice’s high Vitamin C, as well as citric acid content, will rejuvenate and brighten our skin, reducing dark circles.

Milk

Apply cotton soaked in a quarter bowl of pure, cold milk under eyes. Leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing with regular water. Milk nourishes the skin to make it more smooth and tight. To be added, the lactic acid content in milk can reduce fine lines and other signs of aging like dark circles.

Virgin Coconut Oil

Apply it on the areas around your eyes, very gently massage clock-wise and anti-clock-wise. Leave it overnight. Coconut oil moisturizes and nourishes skin, avoiding dark circles under eyes.

Ice Cubes

Put ice cubes in a plastic bag, and gently press the surrounding areas of your eyes with it, for a maximum of 10 minutes. This can hydrate skin, as well as narrow down blood vessels under eyes, drastically reducing dark circles.

 

We all know that makeups and various treatments can make dark circles disappear. Makeups are only temporary, and treatments can be costly, not easy to get, as well as may not provide a complete solution. So, it is better to find out whether any of these common causes are behind your dark circles and to adopt some of these simple home remedies to get rid of it.

 

 

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Drink water to stay young
Body care

Drink water to stay young

Water is a natural drink which is vital to every living thing. Consuming enough water is inevitable to keep ourselves hydrated, detoxified and energetic. The major connecting fluid in every human body is blood, of which more than 90% is made of water.

 

For glowing skin

Skin is the largest organ in a human body which plays a major role in our appearance, affecting our self-esteem as well as confidence. Ensuring proper water supply will regulate blood circulation and bring out our natural glow. Water can moisturize and hydrate our skin. Proper moisturization can also reverse the aging process by delaying wrinkles, dark circles, fine lines, etc.

For shining hair & nails

Hair is a major part of our appearance, which can even alter the way we look. Drinking water will transmit energy to the scalp on which our hair is located. Water also prevents dirt from being mounted on our scalp. So, proper hydration is a basic requirement to maintain a healthy, beautiful, and strong hair. Nails will be kept nourished through proper hydration. This will make our nails thicker and less brittle.

For weight loss

Several studies have revealed the role of water in weight-loss. Water can reduce our food intake by giving a filled-feeling in the stomach. The liver & kidneys are the detoxifying organs in our body which also burns body fat. Lack of proper water supply will slow down the body’s kidney-function, increasing the burden on its liver. If so, the liver will not be able to function properly resulting in fat deposits and weight gain. All these show how proper water supply prevents fat-deposits and keeps our body in shape.

 

It has been widely known that on average, a human needs 1.5 to 2 litres of water in a day. Drink enough water to maintain the efficient functioning of various body processes to keep yourself healthy. Health keeps us happy, beautiful, and younger. So, drink water, keep healthy, bring beauty, and stay young!

 

 

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Foot Care regimen for Monsoon
Body care

Foot Care regimen for Monsoon

Monsoon is that time of the year which brings a much-needed relief after the exhausting, hot summer. And for a tropical country like India, there is no other relaxing climate than that of the Monsoon. The cool breezy climate and the waterlogged streets is all we need for a refreshing day. Monsoon is also the season for infections, fungal problems and allergies. We people often take care of our skin and body but always skip our feet during the monsoon. As your feet are more prone to diseases in the rains, feet care is equally important along with skincare and hair care basics. Monsoon can lead to smelly feet, fungal infections, soft macerated skin and allergies if no proper precautions are taken. With some easy foot care tips, this issue can be managed. So let’s dig into some supercool foot care tips that can let you enjoy happy feet!

 

Hygiene

In rainy days, we don’t wash our feet often since the rain does half the job, but it is always necessary to wash your feet with clean fresh water after exposing your feet in the rain. Get that grime and mud off your soles with gentle warm water and a bar of mild soap daily. Rub your heels with a pumice stone. Dry the area between your toes and apply an anti-fungal powder daily. Also, avoid long nails as they attract dirt and bacteria.

Shampoo therapy

Once a week, soak your feet in hot water with salt or mild shampoo for 15 minutes. This kills bacteria and softens the skin. You may want to use an exfoliator post-soaking for deep cleaning and avoiding any fungal infections. Ground coffee powder can be used to exfoliate the skin. This will clear out the dead skin cells. Follow it by applying a foot cream, to moisturise the feet.

Moisturize

The damp atmosphere is no reason for the skin to be left dehydrated. Moisturise your feet after the bath in the morning and before bed at night. Olive oil and almond oil are effective natural moisturisers.

No Sweat, No Odor

Damp feet, socks and shoes in rain lead to skin-related problems on the feet. Prefer open footwear like flip flops or sandals which let the feet breathe. Tight and closed shoes when wet, can be the breeding ground of bacteria and fungus. If monsoon makes your feet smelly, use 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil in lukewarm water to soak your feet. Lemon acts as an antiseptic agent and kills bad smell. If your feet tend to sweat a lot, use a few drops tea tree essential oil as it has germicide properties. Sprinkling and rubbing some talcum powder on your feet helps absorb any excess moisture. Do this before wearing your shoes and after removing them.

Avoid pedicure

Pedicures done at salons often put you at risk of getting foot infections. It’s better avoided in rains. Instead, you can go for foot massages. Foot massages are good for overall health as it helps improve blood and lymph circulation, detoxifies the body, balances the doshas and promotes a healthy nervous system.

 

This monsoon, pamper your feet with these tips. Enjoy happy feet!

 

 

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Perfect lip care routine for a perfect pout
Skin care

Perfect lip care routine for a perfect pout

Lips are one of the most sensitive parts when it comes to the human body. This is because of the presence of numerous nerve endings. Even slight friction could send a cascade of information to the brain as they act as one of the finest receptors in the entire body. The skin on our lips is thinner compared to that of the skin on the other parts of our body. And because of this, the skin on lips are more prone to chaps and cracks. This is why it is essential to give extra care to the lips.

Our skin produces oil by itself with the help of oil glands and thus our skin is naturally moisturised. But when it comes to lips, this doesn’t happen as lips have a lesser amount of oil glands in it. In addition to that, lips don’t have the ability to create melanin from inside. And hence, lips cannot protect themselves from anything that affects. We go to great lengths to protect our skin, but too often, our lips get overlooked. Protecting the lips as you do your face is essential to maintaining a softer and more supple smile. Here is one essential care routine for your lips.

 

Hydrate

Hydrating lips is as important as hydrating the body and skin. Drink gallons of water to regulate hydration. Keep a water bottle nearby to hydrate frequently. Be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water a day or the equivalent of half your body weight in ounces. The air around us can make our lips feel dry out and thus it can cause chapping and cracking. Hydration can moisturize your lips so easily. To keep your lips hydrated overnight, plug in a humidifier or apply some lip balm/moisturizer before going to the bed. This will let it feel softer and make it plump by the time you wake up.

Exfoliate

Exfoliation is key in getting soft, smooth, and supple lips. Exfoliation is a must to remove dead and flaky skin from your lips. For exfoliation, sugar can be used. One can find lip scrub products also in the market to exfoliate the lips. To exfoliate, take a small amount of the lip scrub in your finger and massage it onto your lips in circular motions, do that until you’ve exfoliated both the top and bottom lips. You should only exfoliate about once a week to avoid dryness and brittleness. Exfoliating more than once in a week could destroy the elements in lips and can cause damage to the lip skin.

Moisturize

The delicate skin on the lips and around the mouth is prone to dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Applying under eye cream, or a good lip balm could solve this problem. Keep a moisturizing and soothing lip balm in your pocket or your purse. Look for natural wax balms enriched with hydrating ingredients like shea butter, almond, jojoba or coconut oils. These ingredients are rich in Vitamin E, which soothes and hydrates cracked lips.

Protect

Along with these steps, protection is also important. Lips don’t have the ability to create melanin. Hence there are no shields when it comes to lip care. To protect the lips from sun and wind damages, use SPF lip products daily before going out in the sun. Use an SPF lip moisturizer and/or lipstick every day, rain or shine, to protect your lips from the sun.

 

Following this routine could provide you with the perfect lips to flaunt with. Follow a healthy diet plan and choose the right lipstick to make your lips feel better. Enjoy healthy lips!

 

 

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