Skincare regime for a beautiful skin

Rains could be synonymous with romance and reason to rejoice for some. But for others, it could be the harbinger of maladies, diseases, bad-hair days and dull skin. Try these skincare tips this monsoon for healthy and beautiful skin.
Happy feet An important area to look after during monsoons is the feet, say specialists. “Especially in between the toes – it is susceptible to fungal as well as bacterial infection because of direct contact with contaminated rain water,” says dermatologist Dr Jamuna Pai. One should try and keep the feet dry at all times. Aesthetician Ritu Tanwar says, “The best way to properly clean your feet is by immersing them in lukewarm water with a few drops of antiseptic for 10 minutes. Then, scrub lightly with an anti-bacterial soap and thoroughly dry your feet and apply a moisturising cream.”
Happy hands Tisha Khurana, a beauty consultant, says, “Like any other body part, hands should also be kept clean during monsoons. Soak your hands in warm water for 15 minutes. The water should contain few drops of a liquid hand- wash and some fresh lemon juice. Complete this routine by applying a nail cream. Avoid pushing the cuticles, as nail fungal infections are very common in monsoons. Cuticle oil must be applied as cuticles become very dry.”
Care for your hair Dr Sandeep Sattur, hair restorative surgeon, says, “Wash your scalp frequently with PH-balanced mild shampoos.” The idea is to cleanse the scalp gently without causing damage.
Use sunscreen always Dermatologists say our faces can get fairly oily because of humidity and we should use cleansers effective for this condition. Dr Desai cautions, “Always use a sunscreen as UV rays penetrate even through clouds.”
-Wash your face two to three times a day with a mixture of green gram powder and channa powder (equal proportion) made into a paste with water. -Make a paste of papaya, honey and milk. Apply it on your face, leave for 15 minutes and then wash off. -A paste of neem leaves mixed with honey can be used as a face pack. Remove the pack before it dries up on your skin. -Use a mixture of honey and curd for body massage before shower.