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!
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.
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.
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.
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!