Pam­per your feet with proper beauty rit­ual

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - (IANS with in­puts by Meghna Gupta, der­ma­tol­o­gist)

Feet are the di­rect warriors which fight with dirt, pol­lu­tion, age-count­ing, in­fec­tions, and high-heel pain on a reg­u­lar ba­sis — and so it is im­por­tant to pam­per your feet the way you do to rest of your body. Af­ter wash­ing prop­erly with a med­i­cated soap, ap­ply a foot cream that has skin-hy­drat­ing lu­bri­cants to keep your feet soft and free from cracks and dry­ness. Look for mois­turis­ers with AHA or lac­tic acid. Try to keep your foot nails short so that there is min­i­mal dirt in them and can be main­tained eas­ily. Cracked feet are also a sign of de­hy­dra­tion. Along with daily water in­take, try to in­clude more fruits and veg­eta­bles in your rou­tine. Try to avoid or cut down cof­fee, tea and al­co­hol. Con­tin­u­ous habit of good scrub­bing is a nat­u­ral way to pre­vent com­mon foot prob­lems like cracked heels and tired feet.

Rough feet are never pretty and you cer­tainly want your skin to feel as beau­ti­ful as the shoes you are step­ping into. It doesn’t mean you have to sit at a par­lour ev­ery week. Try pumice stone, bris­tle brush and ex­fo­li­at­ing creams at home. Don’t have time to visit a spa or sa­lon? You can pre­pare a foot mask for cracked and dry feet. Add two ta­ble spoons of pow­dered oat­meal, 1/2 ta­ble spoon honey, 1/2 ta­ble­spoon olive oil, make a thick paste and ap­ply it. Leave it on for the next half-an-hour. Rinse prop­erly and com­plete it with good mas­sage with a nice mois­turiser.

PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

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