Fast and easy solutions to nagging problems
1/2/2018 7:31:31 PM
|written By : Jamuna Pai|
I work in an air-conditioned environment and suffer from dry feet which sometimes develop cracks. How do I keep my feet smooth and supple?
A. Working in an air-conditioned room all day long dehydrates the skin and robs it of its moisture which could lead to one developing cracks on the feet. Wear rubber slippers at home, never walk bare-footed. You can add half an avocado or the flesh of half a coconut to a blender along with a banana to form a thick and creamy paste. Avocados and coconuts are rich in several essential oils and fat soluble vitamins. This paste will help to provide your skin with the vitamins and oils it requires to stay soft and well-moisturised. This paste can be used to treat as well as prevent dry cracked heels.
Alternatively, you can soak your feet in water, which has juice of half a lemon, for about 10 minutes and then rub it gently with a pumice stone. Lemon juice is a very mild natural acid and helps to dissolve dead and dry skin so that it can be easily removed.
There is a lot of talk about beauty oils and we have a variety to choose from – be it coconut, olive, argan oil, primrose oil etc? How does one choose from so many options? Also do they have side-effects?
A. We think that moisturising the skin with oil is a new marvel, but the truth is that this ritual can be traced to ancient times when Egyptians, Romans, and Indians would use oil regularly for skincare and beauty. I would not say that there is a 100 per cent switch from moisturising lotions to oils, but the benefits of oil are being ‘re-discovered’. With awareness seeping in, the consumers today are conscious of what they put on and in their skin. There is a huge demand for organic products and commodities which range from coconut oil to argan oil to primrose. As a consumer, one can chose any of these as the main function of the oil is to protect the skin’s lipid barrier and all of these are great at preventing moisture from evaporating from the skin.
When we speak of side effects, it is a known fact that applying oil to an acne-prone skin, will clog pores and cause more breakouts. But today there is availability of natural oils which are easily absorbed, not greasy, and noncomedogenic; hence they have a low potential to clog pores, which makes oils perfect for all skin types and put them in high demand (eg tea tree oil, jojoba oil).