Your feet need special care in the rainy season. Monsoon can be a nightmare for hygiene lovers as it brings with it moisture, sweat and stickiness due to humidity. Due to contact with dirty water, your feet may start to smell or contract fungal infections and allergies.
To avoid infections, follow our quick and simple guide.
• Wash Your Feet
One of the most important tips is to wash your feet with “clean” water to remove any accumulated dirt. Wipe your feet with a clean and dry towel to make it dry.
You may want to use a mild exfoliator post-cleaning for deep cleansing and removing dead skin from your feet. The dead skin cells tend to harden the feet & lead to cracks. If exfoliating by yourself seems like a burden, you may get a pedicure done once a week.
• Keep Your Feet Moisturised
Monsoon may be moist but it leaves your skin dehydrated. So make sure you keep your skin hydrated using a foot cream on clean feet.
• Use Talcum Powder
Sprinkling and rubbing some talcum powder on your feet helps absorb any excess moisture. Do this before wearing your shoes and after removing them.
• Wear Open-toed Shoes
If possible, wear open shoes as it will not allow water to stay in the shoes.
• Say Bye To Odor
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.
• Cover Open Wounds
To prevent the dirty water from entering the wound, use water-proof band aids or medical tapes.
NOTE: Athlete’s foot is a problem which develops more easily during hot and humid weather because it thrives on soggy skin. This foot problem starts as a fungus infection, so consult a dermatologist if you notice any dry scaling on your feet with slight itching between the toes.