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Monsoon Nail Trends

Sunday, Jul 19, 2020 14:45 [IST]

Last Update: Sunday, Jul 19, 2020 09:06 [IST]

Monsoon Nail Trends

Shahnaz Husain
Nails take the most hit during the rainy season. The season of monsoon calls for special care of nails to avoid damage due to red, swollen and itchy skin around them. The skin becomes sweaty or infected due overexposure to water as a result of it both fingernails and toenails get affected by the rains.
The season of monsoon calls for special care of nails to avoid infection and chipping. The monsoon can lead to rough, brittle and discoloured nails.
Painting your nails is like therapy. When your nails are groomed, you automatically get a dose of colour therapy that is just great for your mood. 
Try to keep your nails dry with extra care especially your toes. You may opt for open shoes / sandals /chappal if you are wearing closed footwear allthe day long.Fungus/bacteria may thrive in your feet due to moist and damp environment which can result in  dead skin cells and bacteria ultimately affecting your toes.
Avoid wearing leather, plastic or canvas shoes. Do not wear the same shoes every day. It is better to have an alternate pair of shoes. Wash your footwear regularly. Desist from sitting in wet footwear and socks all through the day. Try to bear waterproof footwear to allow air circulation. Your nail health is important during the rainy season. Refrain from growing your toenails long. Wash and clean dirt from under the nails as also the edges.
Cut your toe nails short to avoid any chances of accumulating dirt and other infections. Try to   spray deodorants / talcum /anti-fungal powder in between toe nails regularly at least oncein  a day to prevent infection.
During the hot and humid season, we go for light, serene, pastel colours for our clothes. The same goes for the nails too. We can select colours that are icy, “cool” and trendy. The way to protect the nails and keep them looking good is to give them regular care. There is no point wearing a glamorous outfit if the feet and toe nails show neglect and lack of care. Chipped nails and chipped nail polish can really spoil the entire effect.
Avoid eating with hands that have paint on its nails as bits of the nail paint can chip and fall into the food, which will eventually go inside your body and cause harm.Pick a nail colour remover that contains vitamin A,C and E to treat conditions that adversely affect nails and cuticles. The cuticle (skin surrounding the nail) should be kept soft and smooth. Otherwise, it sticks to the nail and gets dragged as the nail grows.
Detergents can also lead to itchy and rashy conditions. Wear rubber gloves for your washing chores like cleaning with harsh chemicals, gardening, or doing anything that involves  hot, soapy water  dirtying your hand, always  wear  rubber, vinyl, nitrile, or plastic gloves — some of which have a cotton liner. It not only protects your polish but keeps anything harsh or drying in your cleaning solutions off your hand.
Massage a cream after your washing tasks, working it into the skin. This takes only a few minutes. Massage cream on the nails and the skin around the nails. 
Regular handwashing or use of hand sanitizer can dry out the skin and nail bed quickly, so try to moisturize after every wash, if possible. Coconut oil is excellent for rubbing into your nails and cuticles.  It is advised to wash the hands with lukewarm water to help keep the hands and nails soft and smooth. 
Soak your feet in lukewarm water for 10 minutes. The water should contain few drops of a liquid hand wash and some fresh lemon juice. Next, cleanse your nails and scrub your feet with a foot scraper. Complete this routine by applying a nail cream. Avoid pushing the cuticles, as toe nail fungal infections are very common in monsoon. 

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  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
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  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
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