One of the easiest ways to express the changing season is through our choice of colours. It's not just with the clothes we wear, but also the colours we choose for our lips, eyes and nails.
In hot weather, we go for light, serene, pastel colours. We try to be as subtle as possible in our choice of clothes. The same goes for the nails too. We can select colours that are icy, cool and trendy.
As far as nail colours are concerned, pink is ideal for hot and humid weather. Shimmer is in; go for silver shimmer for day and gold for night. Dark colours like bright blue or green. You can also go for icy colours like pink, mauve or ivory and then dress them up with nail art. Or, go for shades of brown, like coffee, bronze, copper, or sea shell and then add on glitter.
Why not try contrasting nail colours? Apply narrow strips of one colour on either side of each nail, with a contrasting strip of colour down the centre. Maybe, you can even try three narrow strips of different colours on each nail.
For a gala evening, go for gold or silver varnish, or try one of those colours with glittering stars. These come in many different colours, with gold or silver stars. French fashion never fades!
Try French Manicure with pale pink or colourless nails, with white painted tips. The square tip was popular, but the oval tip is back in favour. If you like, you can get a professional nail stylist to do them up with false tips in acrylic.
Before colouring your nails, be sure your hand and feet are well taken care of.
Hand and nail care: Protection of hands and nails is important especially during the monsoon, when fungal infection can set in. Detergents can also lead to itchy and rash conditions. Wear rubber gloves for your washing chores. Massage a cream after your washing tasks, working it into the skin. This takes only a few minutes of your time. You should also massage cream on the nails and the skin around the nails.
A foot problem called 'Athlete's Foot' develops more easily during hot and humid weather, because it thrives on soggy skin. If neglected, it can become a stubborn problem, with an itchy and soggy condition. If there is dry scaling on the feet, especially between the toes, with itching, consult a dermatologist without delay. Anti-fungal preparations are effective in dealing with the problem in the initial stages. Excessive moisture caused by sweating, tight shoes and humid weather can lead to bacterial activity and worsen the condition. Avoid socks and wear open shoes, use talcum powder and keep the feet as dry as possible.
Foot soak: In one-fourth bucket of warm water, add half cup of coarse salt, half a cup of lemon or orange juice. If your feet tend to sweat a lot, use a few drops of tea tree oil, as it has germicidal properties. Soak the feet for 10 to 15 minutes.
Hand and foot lotion: Mix together 3 tablespoons of rose water, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and one teaspoon pure glycerin. Apply on and leave on for half an hour.
Cooling foot bath: Add rose water, lemon juice and a splash of eau de cologne in cold water and soak feet in it. Cools, cleans and removes odour.
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