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Hair & feet care

We tend to ignore the sun screen lotion and the moisturiser when it begins to rain. What most of us don’t realise is that the humid air and pollutants can have quite a damaging effect on the skin without a protective layer of cream.

Moisturising in the monsoon is as important as moisturising in summer. The skin gets wet often and with the constant wetting and drying, a lot of moisture is lost. Use an oil-based moisturiser when you step outdoors. Otherwise, a water- based moisturiser will do. 
For dull skin: Exfoliation is important. This not only helps keep the pores clean but also clears the skin of dead cells. Here are a few tips to get you started on a routine, right at home.

How do I maintain the quality of my hair?
* Use a volumising shampoo twice or thrice a week as the hair tends to go limp during the rainy season.

* Post-shampoo, use a volumising conditioner, once a week or as required.

* If you need to blow dry your hair, apply a leave-on conditioner prior to it.

* Avoid excess application of styling products, as this could make your hair very greasy due to increased humidity.

* Do not tie wet hair.  

*  Let your hair get its nourishment by oiling it twice a week. Leave the oil on for an hour before washing.

* Food for hair – milk and milk products, nuts, soya products.
 
How can I care for my feet?
*Pat your feet dry after a bath before you put on your socks. If left wet, it could cause a fungal infection to form between the toes.

*Avoid wearing boots as these can hold water for a longer duration, creating a moist, soggy environment for your feet.

*A home pedicure should be done once a week.  Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes in warm water to which you can add 3-4 drops of Savlon or Dettol.  Cut and file your nails and scrub your feet with a foot scrub. Complete the pedicure by applying a light moisturiser.

*If you’re heading to the salon for a pedicure, ensure that the instruments used are sterilised, or if possible, carry your own personal instruments. Instruct the nail technician to avoid pushing the cuticles too far back as toe-nail fungal infections are very common during the monsoon.

Dr Sangeeta Amladi

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