Summer hand and feet care

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Summer hand and feet care



Summer time brings about a whole new set of problems for your feet and hands. When outdoor temperatures are soaring and your feet are enclosed in tight shoes, it makes them susceptible to a variety of infections — psoriasis, blisters, fungal infections and smelly feet. When you are stepping out in the sun in a sleeveless top or short dress, your arms and legs are directly exposed to the harmful UV rays of the sun causing tanning and rashes.

Arms
Apply a sunscreen
Are you plagued with those red rashes on your arms due to the dreadful heat? Dermatologist, Dr Jaishree Sharad says, “If you are planning to wear dresses or tops, always remember to apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 + before you step out in the sun.”

Use a lightweight moisturiser
During the evenings, apply a lightweight moisturiser with mint and coconut milk extracts. Keep fungal infections, the accumulation of dirt and bacteria away by using an anti-bacterial soap to wash your armpits. Before going out, remember to keep a deodorant at hand. The application of a mint-based moisturiser at night will cool the rashes and reduce tanning and instantly cool the skin, keeping it refreshed for the entire day.

Take care of your elbows
Most of us neglect our elbows and so they remain darker compared to the other parts of our body. Scrub your elbows at least twice in a week to get rid of the dead tissues. Dr Sharad advises to rub a slice of lemon every alternate day to your elbows to keep them clean and fair. Alternately, you can use mustard oil or coconut oil and lime.


Feet
Soak your feet in lukewarm water
Dermatologist, Dr Chetna Ramchandani, says, “Soak your feet regularly in lukewarm water to ease the tiredness and get rid of the dust and pollution.”

Sun protect
Before stepping out in the sun, make sure you have applied a generous amount of sunscreen on your feet as well.

Use a foot powder
Foot powders are the best way to soak up excessive moisture during the hot months. A lightly-scented powder will help you stay refreshed the entire day and ease you from the trouble of ‘smelly feet’.

Go for a pedicure
Head in for a foot massage once every week. This will keep your foot clean. Trim your toe nails to avoid dirt and dust from accumulating under your toe nails.


Hands
Wear gloves

Due to the harmful rays of the sun, it is important to keep your hands moisturised the entire day to avoid wrinkles and calluses. Dr Sharad says, “Whenever you are going out in the sun, wear gloves to protect them from the heat outside.”

Protect them from the sun
Use a sunscreen before you go out in the mornings and afternoons. Dr Sharad advises to use a hand scrub to remove the dead skin from your hands at least once a week.

Use a hand cream
Dr Sadhana Deshmukh, cosmetologist, says, “Use a rich moisturising hand cream containing emollient plant oils and anti-inflammatory ingredients to pamper your hands, nails and cuticles.”


Knees
Give your denims and trousers a miss this summer and opt for skirts and dresses instead. But before you go out in them, make sure to keep your knees spotless and clean.

Exfoliate
Exfoliating is a must. To keep your knees soft and smooth, be sure to make exfoliation a part of your daily skin care routine. Dr Ramchandani says, “When you go for a shower, make sure to clean the area around your knees with a pumice stone to get rid of dead skin and dirt.”

Skin lightening
Your knees tend to get dark every day due to exposure to the sun and the accumulation of dirt. Slice a lemon in half and rub it on your knees before you shower. Lemon contains citric acid which acts as a natural lightener and exfoliator.
 

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Thanks for the great tips. I will surely try them out. For me taking care of my hands and feet is a weekly routine. I use Parachute's new summer variant - summer fresh to keep them supple and soft. It is a must have for all this summer. Try it out and beat the summer heat. Mint extracts will keep you on your toes all day long and coconut milk will keep you soft and fair. It is a must have this season.
 

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