Badhan Sarkar
Winter! The time for lazy sunshine. It is common for the skin to be dry in the winter season. Cold, blistery conditions outside can leave your skin feeling raw, while indoor heat zaps moisture from the air and from your skin. The cold air snatches the natural moisturizers from the skin.
If we do not take proper care of hands and feet during winter we may suffer from various problems like allergy or severe dryness. They look dull, red and cracked. The skin of hands can become dry and ashy really fast. The feet develop cracks which also cause a lot of pain.
But just covering ourselves with mittens and boots to hide them will not help at all. These problems can be prevented by the help of some method. Caring for them now can have long-lasting health benefits.
Let us check some of the ancient home made remedies to fix dry hand and feet.
In every household petroleum jelly is the most common thing we can find during winter. It is very helpful in keeping the moisture intact of our skin. We can also mix lemon juice in the petroleum jelly and put it on legs and hands. After applying this paste, rub the legs before washing with lukewarm water. After that wearing socks will help to keep the moisture in place.. One should do this daily before sleeping.
Putting fresh aloe vera gel on dry hands and feet will soothe the skin. To take advantage of this, add some Vitamin E oil drops to it and keep it for some time. After that wash the area with lukewarm water. Then, put the petroleum jelly.
Lactic acid that is present in yoghurt helps in removing dead cells from the skin naturally. Mix one tablespoon of honey into a cup of plain yogurt and rub it all over your hands. Allow your hands to remain in the mixture for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse it off for soft smooth hands. For feet mix in one-half cup of finely ground walnuts with one cup of yogurt. Scrub this mixture into your feet to relieve dry patches and calluses.
Ripe bananas helps in keeping the skin hydrated. Mash an overripe banana and add it with one tablespoon each of honey and olive oil, and mix well. Massage this onto your hands and feet in a circular motion for 5 to 7 minutes. Then, wash it off with lukewarm water. Follow with a moisturizer.
Both olive oil and sugar can cure dry itchy skin. While olive oil helps in moisturizing and to keep our skin hydrated, sugar scrub helps in exfoliating. Mix two tablespoons each of olive oil and sugar. Massage this scrub over the affected areas for a few minutes and then let it dry naturally. Wash it off with warm water and follow it up with a moisturizer. Do this twice or thrice daily.
Well other than these we should drink plenty of water, atleast 8 to 10 glasses throughout the day. Applying foot and hand cream before going to bed is a must followed by covering the feet with socks. Shower with lukewarm water and once you pat dry yourself, apply some moisturizer over your damp skin.