Taking care of feet during monsoons can be quite tricky as they’re exposed to dirt, germs, and disease than any other body part due to prolonged and constant exposure to standing water and rainwater during a downpour.
These foot care tips at home will ensure that you have happy feet even during the worst tropical outburst as you welcome the most beautiful season of the year with arms wide open.
Know What Shoes To Wear In Monsoon
Avoid wearing closed shoes as this can lead to dirty monsoon water and muck collecting inside. If you have a formal dressing policy at work, wear your socks and closed shoes only once you reach the workplace to prevent bacterial or fungal infections. Don’t ever wear footwear that is damp or wet. Not only can it lead to skin diseases in monsoon, but also give you cold, cough and worse- a bout of flu.
Cleanse Your Feet Right Away
Incase your feet do end up getting exposed to monsoon muck wash them as soon as you can. Preferably, soak then in a tub of hot water infused with cleansing soap, salt or mild shampoo for 10-15 minutes. This timely action shall keep fungus and bacteria at bay. Follow this up with the full cleansing ritual—a foot exfoliator to remove dead skin and massage with a gentle foot moisturizer or a body lotion for rainy season.
Fight Foot Odour with Some Lemony Lovin’
Incase you suffer from persistently smelly feet; squeeze some lemon into a tub of hot water to soak your feet in. Make this a bi-weekly routine to see long-lasting results. Lemon not only prevents your feet from sweating excessively but also eliminates bad odour.
Prevent Monsoon Dehydration
Due to excessive sweating during the monsoon humidity, our feet tend to get even more dehydrated. Massaging them with a gentle moisturizer keeps them dewy, supple, and smooth.
Trim Your Nails
Any list of monsoon foot care tips is incomplete without this one. To prevent dirt and mud accumulating underneath your nails, trim them on a weekly basis.
Get a Pedicure
Give your feet some tender loving care with a pedicure. If splurging at a salon isn’t your style, a DIY can do the trick. Simply add some hot water, bath salt and liquid antiseptic to a tub. Exfoliate your feet gently using a foot scrubber and rub some gentle lotion or even a soothing mix of olive and coconut oil all over your feet, finally, and voila—monsoon care for your feet is on point.
Close Off All Wounds, However Minor
A minor cut or a bruise is often neglected. You may think that you could get away without sealing it with bandage or medical tape. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially during the rainy season. Cover any and all scrapes tightly to prevent dirty rain water or muck from seeping into an open wound and causing any infection. If the wound gets worse, it is advisable to consult a doctor.
Our feet tend to be one of the most ignored parts of our body, especially since most of our attention tends to be focused on our face and neck. But with these monsoon foot care tips, you can change that for the better.