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1. Perk up a saggy butt

Our bottoms tend to be less buoyant as gravity pulls them down.

Solution 1: Buy jeans that have at least 2 percent Lycra or other stretch to perk up that saggy butt.

Solution 2: There’s always a butt lift.

2. Shine up your tresses

Solution 1: Add conditioning gloss or a shine serum to help your hair sparkle and counteract the years of damage from blow-drying, coloring and flat ironing.

Solution 2: Give you hair an enriching treat by applying Vitapoint, Olive Oil, Morrocan Oil or other enriching oil based formula

3. Be careful with hair color

Solution 1: Avoid over-highlighting your blond hair, because you don’t want to lose the golden tones that keep it looking youthful and pretty. Avoid too dark colored hair as it is unnatural.

Solution 2: Turn it over to a skilled professional hair colorist.

4. Find the perfect bra

A good bra elevates your chest, giving you a longer, slimmer-looking waist.

Solution 1: Spend time in the dressing room trying on different bras under a smooth fitting top.

Solution 2: Get some expert advice.

5. Add volume to your lips

Our lips lose volume as we get older

Solution 1: Avoid dark, matte lipsticks as they accentuate the thinness of aging lips. Switch to pink gloss for younger looking lips.

Solution 2: Seek out the advice of a cosmetician to help you select the most becoming lipstick color for you.

6. Fake an eye lift

Solution 1: Use a light-colored shadow near your lash line and a deeper shade in an arc above the crease where the lid is dropping.

Solution 2: Go for the real McCoy, a bletharoplasty, aka an eyelift

7. Brighten up with concealer

Solution 1: Use concealer under your eyes every day.

Solution 2: Go for the real McCoy, a bletharoplasty, aka an eyelift

8. Fill out your cheeks

As we age the fat pads in our cheeks tend to fall.

Solution 1: To defy nature, use a bright pink blush to illuminate the cheekbone and draw the eye upward.

Solution 2: Dermal filler injections can do wonders, but not for those on a modest budget.

9. Flatter your complexion

Solution 1: As you get older and your skin produces less oil, dewy makeup is more flattering. Forget the powder makeups and start using an oil based foundation instead.

Solution 2: Avoid thick foundation lotions. If you slather foundation directly over aging skin, you’re likely adding years to your appearance. That thick top coat tends to break into deep cracks, which look far worse than the fine lines you’re tried to hide.

Apply moisturizer, primer, then a light liquid foundation for additional skin-plumping moisture. You might try tapping it in gently with a sponge, rather than rubbing it in.

Solution 3: Find a fabulous, experienced esthetician and get some expert advice. Microdermabrasion or laser treatments might do wonders for the appearance of your skin.

10. Reduce fine lip lines. 

Smoking is one certain causes of lip lines. If you avoid smoking, you an effectively help  prevent them from forming.  you can do to minimize lip lines.

Solution 1: Avoid strong, repeated expressions as hard scowls to help diminish lip lip lines.

Solution 2: Use a topical retinoid (preferably prescription strength) at night. This will stimulate collagen and elastin production to help fill in the lines over time.

Solution 3: Seek out the advice of a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Very small amounts of Botox can help soften the muscles that contribute to the fine lines.  Alternately, a soft filler such as Restylane can fill in the deeper lines.


When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that count — it’s what you put in your body, too.

Read on for the 10 top foods that should be the foundation of your healthy hair diet.

Healthy Hair Food No. 1: Salmon

When it comes to foods that pack a beauty punch, it’s hard to beat salmon. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this high-quality protein source is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron. Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp.A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look. Vegetarian? Include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fats.

Healthy Hair Food No. 2: Dark Green

Vegetables Popeye the Sailor Man didn’t eat all that spinach for healthy hair, but he could have. Spinach, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body’s natural hair conditioner. Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium.

Healthy Hair Food No. 3: Beans Beans, beans, they’re good for your … hair?

Yes, it’s true. Legumes like kidney beans and lentils should be an important part of your hair-care diet. Not only do they provide plentiful protein to promote hair growth, but ample iron, zinc, and biotin. While rare, biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair.

Healthy Hair Food No. 4: Nuts Do you go nuts for thick, shiny hair?

You should. Almonds are one of nature’s best sources of selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp. Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may help condition your hair. They are also a terrific source of zinc, as are cashews, pecans, and almonds. A zinc deficiency can lead to hair shedding, so make sure nuts are a regular on your healthy hair menu.

Healthy Hair Food No. 5: Poultry

Chickens may have feathers, but the high-quality protein they provide will help give you the healthy hair you crave. “Without adequate protein or with low-quality protein, one can experience weak brittle hair, while a profound protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color. Poultry also provides iron with a high degree of bioavailability, meaning your body can easily reap its benefits.

Healthy Hair Food No. 6: Eggs

When it comes to healthy hair, it doesn’t matter whether you like your eggs scrambled, fried, or over easy. However they’re served up, eggs are one of the best protein sources you can find. They also contain biotin and vitamin B-12, which are important beauty nutrients.

Healthy Hair Food No. 7: Whole Grains

Sink your teeth into hearty whole grains, including whole-wheat bread and fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, for a hair-healthy dose of zinc, iron, and B vitamins. A whole-grain snack can also be a great go-to food when your energy is zapped halfway through the afternoon, and you’ve still got hours to go before dinner.

Healthy Hair Food No. 8: Oysters

Oysters may be better known for their reputation as an aphrodisiac, but they can also lead to healthy hair — and who doesn’t love that? The key to their love and hair-boosting abilities is zinc — a powerful antioxidant. If oysters don’t make a regular appearance on your dinner plate, don’t despair. You can get Zinc from whole grains & nuts.

Healthy Hair Food No. 9: Low-Fat Dairy Products

Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth. They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources. For some healthy hair foods “to-go,” try throwing a yogurt or cottage cheese cup in your bag when you head out in the morning to snack on later in the day. You can even boost their hair benefits by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseeds or walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.

Healthy Hair Food No. 10: Carrots

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good vision. Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you’d be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad.


Do you have puffy eyes or under-eye circles? Whether the cause is a few long days or too many restless nights, you’ve probably dealt with both at one time or another.

What Causes Dark Under-Eye Circles

Dark circles, or bags under your eyes, have many causes. These include:

  • Increased melanin (also called hyperpigmentation)
  • Fat loss beneath the eye
  • Broken blood vessels

Hard living — too much caffeine and tobacco and too little sleep — is a less common cause of eye puffiness and bags.

6 Solutions for Under-Eye Circles and Bags

Try these tips for brightening your baby blues or bodacious browns:

  • Get enough sleep.Sound sleeping is an inexpensive, easy way to help minimize dark under-eye circles, no matter what the cause. Sleep not only helps keep eyes bright. It also aids your body in repairing cell damage to your skin.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Though they may perk you up in the short term, caffeine and alcohol don’t do the same for your skin. They can cause mild dehydration, making dark circles more obvious.
  • Look into laser treatments and vitamin K. Laser treatments may reduce the look of dark circles due to broken blood vessels. Skin care products containing vitamin K can also help.
  • Check out injectable fillers. A dermatologist may administer these if your dark eye circles are due broken blood vessels, says Badreshia-Bansal. Fillers can also help if fat loss is the cause of bags under the eyes.
  • Consider skin lighteners or bleaching agents. If the dark circles under your eyes are due to too much melanin, creams containing lightening agents such as retinol, hydroquinone, kojic acid, green tea, vitamin C, or soy can be helpful. To help skin-lightening products work their best, avoid the sun and use sunscreen daily. Dr Geraldine Jain suggests a sunscreen with zinc and a sun-protection factor (SPF) of 30.
  • Go a shade lighter in your concealer. A concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone can help disguise under-eye circles. A concealer with an SPF of 15 or higher provides double benefits. If your skin tends to be oily or acne-prone, use an oil-free concealer.

6 Strategies to Prevent Eye Puffiness

Lots of things can lead to puffy eyes — from too much to too little sleep, too much alcohol,  from eating poorly to getting older. To help reduce the look of eye puffiness, Dr Geraldine Jain suggests :-

  • Sleep. It’s as important to preventing puffy eyes as it is to diminishing dark circles. Start by getting at least eight hours of good sleep a night.
  • Drink. Staying well-hydrated can help prevent puffy eyes. Drinking plenty of healthy liquids, especially water, helps keep overall skin tone firm and full looking.
  • Cut back on salt. Retaining body fluid can cause puffy, doughy looking skin. Reducing salt intake helps reduce the tendency to retain excess water. An easy way to cut back on salt? Reduce the processed foods in your diet. Avoid extra salt at the table.
  • Use cool compresses. Dr Geraldine Jain advocates the de-puffing power of chilled, moist green tea bags. ,Dermatologists also suggest gently placing cool cucumber slices or a bag of frozen peas or carrots on the eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. A gel eye-mask will also do the trick.
  • Consider fillers. These can help if collagen and elastin break down — “causing surrounding skin to pooch out,” in the words of dermatologist Fredric Brandt, MD, in his book 10 Minutes, 10 Years. Fillers can actually make puffiness look smaller.
  • Learn to accept the look of your eyes. Some people are just more prone to puffy eyes or dark eye circles. As we grow older, skin naturally weakens and becomes less resilient, so puffy eyes or dark circles naturally become more noticeable.

These tips may help you keep your eyes looking their best. But the most effective eye-brightening tip may also be the easiest one to implement: Smile!


What is combination skin?

Combination skin means areas of your face specifically forehead, nose and chin call the T-zones will be oily, however the cheeks remain dry.  It is also quite common to have larger, more visible pores in the areas that are oily.

Many will buy products to treat those oily areas and then find that their dryer areas end up flaky and irritated.  Acne tends to be very common condition with combination skin/oily skin.

Important to Note: Combination skin/oily skin needs to efficiently retain its own moisture without producing excess oils.

There are specific skincare treatments that must be followed in order to treat combination skin.

Skincare Treatment for Combination Skin:

Gentle cleanser:  Deeply cleanses and clarifies pores, must be soap-free. A foaming formula balances oil without over drying, leaving skin fresh, clean, and energized.

pH Balance Mattefying Toner:    Toner with antioxidants  is known for calming the skin, helps to produce a smoother and more refined complexion. Pores seem tighter and diminished in appearance.

Sunblock  with a Protective Mattefying Lotion SPF 15
A high-performance lotion that hydrates, protects, and promotes vibrant, healthy-looking skin all day, every day. Added UVA/UVB protection helps fight against premature aging caused by the Sun.Start with SPF 15 & work up higher

Hydronourisher at night:
A Hydronourisher boosts the skin’s night-time renewal process by restoring flexibility and resilience to the skin. Ingredients helps replenish the skin’s natural protective barrier.


1.)  Never comb wet hair.

Hair is made of Keratin, whose elasticity is easily broken when stretched especially when damp.

Wait till the hair is air dried before you set it.

2)Use a Damage Repair product

How Split End Products Work. This process works even better on damp hair, as the drying action (of heat or air) helps to seal the cross-links into hair.

All split end repairing products work in the same fashion:  The aldehydes and hydrolyzed keratin amino acids in the product react with the keratin in your hair.  Once the reaction occurs, bridges form between the split pieces of hair, bonding new keratin onto the hair’s surface.  These bridges effectively “glue” the hair strand back together.

It is a smart idea to use these split end-mending products whenever your hair is still damp.  The drying action will help to set the keratin bonds in your hair.

3.)  Trim them off.

If you don’t trim your split ends regularly, the damage can travel up the hair shaft, and cause a lot of damage to the cuticle. This requires a significant hair cut.

If you don’t trim off your split ends, they will travel up the hair shaft.  Over time, split ends can actually cause damage to the hair cuticle, which requires a significant haircut.  We recommend getting a trim at least once every 6 to 8 weeks.

What About Tourmaline Heat?

While I’ve heard claims that tourmaline plates can also temporarily seal split ends, I’m a little sceptical, because tourmaline works via negative ions.  The negative ions can decrease the diameter of hair by up to 25% when they are applied, which makes thick hair smoother, shinier, and more manageable.  Unfortunately, the negative ions don’t seal together split ends.

Bottom Line

If you want to get rid of split ends, trim your hair often, and try a split-end mending product.


I get a lot of questions asking whether it is safe to colour hair during pregnancy, or whether it is safe to bleach the face when pregnant. There is, as yet, no definite answer to these questions. It is a fact that these colours contain chemicals that are teratogenic, which means that these chemicals can cause birth defects. Hair dye or hair colour has indeed been found to harm the foetus in animals, but the same data is not available for humans. In addition, the amount of chemicals administered to the animals was much greater than the amount a woman would use to colour her hair once a month. When lower doses of these chemicals were applied to animals, they were found to be relatively harmless. However, as no human data is available, research on this subject is not conclusive.

So should you colour your hair?

As you are going to be pregnant for nine months, it is perfectly understandable that you want to look good and feel good during this time. In fact, it is important that a woman feels good about herself when she is pregnant. Needless to say, there’s not a lot you can do about your weight or figure, but you certainly can do something to make your hair look better, to hide those grey strands and to brighten it up. The question is, should you?

Not in the first trimester

Your baby is most susceptible to harm in the first trimester, so it is best to avoid colouring your hair at all during this time. We know for sure that the chemicals in hair dyes and hair colours are not very toxic, and are relatively harmless except when administered in large doses. If a change in your hair colour makes you feel better about yourself, play safe by colouring your hair in the 2nd or 3rd trimester.

Consider highlights

Play even safer by getting highlights in your hair, instead of all-over colour. The chemicals in hair colours are absorbed into your bloodstream through the scalp, and not through the hair shaft. If you highlight your hair instead of colouring it all over, a lot less chemical comes into contact with the scalp. Whether or not a chemical will affect your foetus depends upon the amount of chemical that you come in contact with, upon whether you absorb it by direct contact or inhale it, and of course, upon the nature of the chemical. Some chemicals may sting, but they are not necessarily dangerous as they only have a surface effect and don’t get into your bloodstream.

Henna is a good option

Henna is a completely natural product, so if you must colour to your hair cover grey strands, highlighting may not be the best solution for you. In this case you could consider applying henna to your hair. Henna has no chemicals, and is perfectly safe for the baby. If you do not dislike the colour imparted by henna, this is your best bet.

Wear gloves

If you are colouring your hair by yourself at home, make sure you wear gloves. Wash off the colour after the requisite time, and do not keep it for longer than necessary. The best way to ensure a healthy baby is to keep your contact with chemicals to the minimal.

Is facial bleach safe?

Bleach too is a chemical, and it is best to apply avoiding it in the first trimester. Lemon is a natural bleaching agent, so apply this to your face instead, with a little honey to prevent the sting. This may not make as much of a difference as you would like, but it does help to an extent. Thread your eyebrows and upper lip and do avoid bleaching your face as far as possible in the first trimester. You could start bleaching again towards the end of the second trimester. When applying bleach, avoid contact with your fingers, and wash it off within the stipulated time period.


After crying a river of tears, having too much spirits the night before, or spending little time for sleep, you may find yourself with red puffy eyes. Although you can cover your eye bags with a cool pair of sunglasses, you still have to deal with your eye problem when you have to remove your shades. What’s more, bags under the eyes are usually accompanied by other problems such as dark circles or extreme redness.

Puffy eyes usually last for hours or a couple of days. If you are not going anywhere, it is actually good for you to just let nature determine when your puffed-up eyes are going to deflate. However, if you have an important meeting, a date, or you are going to attend a special occasion, having eye bag woes can really be annoying. Here are some tricks on how you can de-puff your eye bags in a jiffy:

Prevention Is Best

Some people are prone to eye bags, while others are not. If you are one of the individuals who seem to be prone to having swollen eyes, then you should stay away from things that are causing your eyes to puff.

If you have an important date, you should remember to sleep well the night before. Also, make sure that you don’t go on an alcohol spree, which may be responsible for fluid retention. Getting easy with salty foods may also be a good idea because like alcohol, too much salt can also make you retain much water.

Simple Eye Massage

If you were not able to prevent your eyes from becoming swollen, then do not despair. There are plenty of things you can do, such as performing eye massage to help reduce inflammation.

Using your ring finger, simply massage your eye area in circular motion, starting from your nasal sinuses then to the cheeks. Make sure that you slightly push the skin upwards so as not to cause wrinkles. Repeat the massage for about five times on each eye. Gently massaging the area will help flush out pooled fluid faster. Massaging with cucumber gel helps.

Soothe Your Eyes With A Cool Eye Mask

Placing a chilled eye mask (choose the one without holes for more coverage) on your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes will help soothe your eyes. Moreover, your blood vessels will constrict or tighten due to the cold temperature. This will help facilitate draining of fluid located beneath the skin under your eyes. If you do not have a plastic eye mask, you can use chilled cucumbers or used teabags.

Stay Away From Hot Beverages

If you have swollen eyes, it would be best for you to drink plenty of cold water or other cold beverages. As mentioned earlier, the cool temperature encourages blood vessels to constrict, which will help in promoting better fluid drainage. Basically, the bags under your eyes are simply water or fluid that was not properly flushed out of your system.

Say No To Exfoliation

It would be best for you to skip using products that have ingredients such as salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, and retinoids. These ingredients could irritate your skin and make swelling much worse.

Skip The Eyeliner

If you still have eye bags even after you performed the tricks above, then you need to skip eyeliner for the day. This makeup is used to enhance the shape of the eyes so if you have swollen eyes, the eyeliner will only highlight the flaw. Instead, use an eye shadow that is of the same shade of your upper eyelid to mask the swelling. You can also sweep the same color just beneath your lower lashes to help cover the flaw.

Since puffy eyes are usually accompanied by other eye problems, such as dark circles, crow’s feet and wrinkles, you should use natural and high-quality eye creams.


I have noticed an increase in the number of brides-to-be or mothers of the brides-to-be coming for advice on cosmetic treatments before the wedding. This varies from 6 months to 6 weeks before the wedding. Do not leave it too late as most results look better after a few weeks.
My top treatments are :-
1) Botox anti-wrinkle injections.
If your problem is one of forehead lines, frown lines between the brows and crows feet lines, Botox injections are the most effective in eliminating and reducing these. The injection takes 10 minutes and the effect starts at 3 to 4 days and is optimal from about 2 weeks. This will give you a fresher and smoother looking upper face and eyes.  Great for that wedding photograph.

2) Dermal filler injections.
One of the most effective ways to rejuvenate the face is to replace the volume loss in the lower eyelid and cheek area.
Injections take about 20 mins and the effect is immediate. The result is a natural looking fuller face with cheekbones that are just perfect for that photo shoot.

3)Radiance peel.
The winter weather slows down normal skin cellular turnover, resulting in the build up of a layer of dead surface skin. The peel will help remove this outer layer of skin to reveal the healthy skin beneath. This gives your overall complexion a great boost as your skin suddenly looks brighter and clearer.The procedure takes 30 minutes with no downtime.

4) One-stitch face lift.
This is especially for the mother of the bride. A quick and safe way of reducing that cheek and jowl droop in time for the wedding.. Combine it with the botox and fillers to achieve a true non-surgical face lift.

5) Laser skin tightening.
Whether it is the neck, upper arms or tummy, a course of treatment of our near-infra-red skin tightening device will give you more confidence in wearing that sleeveless, cleavage showing dress for the wedding.


I just received a wonderful email from Aman, one of my facebook fans. He has suffered for years from back acne brought on by sweating. Bacne, as some people call it, is a problem that plagues athletes, people who sweat because they work out regularly to stay healthy, and folks that live in humid climates where sweating is a way of life.

It’s emails like Aman’s that keep me writing for my website and adding the skin care routines that I’ve developed for my patients’ skin problems over the years that I’ve been practicing dermatology.

Aman’s email is so nice I want to share it with you.  He wrote:

Dear Dr. Geraldine Jain,
Thank you for all the information posted. It is very helpfull.I have small boils on my upper arm.No treatment is proving effective.pls help……..


What can I do about my bumpy upper arms (keratosis pilaris)?


Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a very common condition where the skin—most commonly on the upper arms—feels bumpy. You can also get KP on the thighs, buttocks and on the lower cheeks. Sometimes people will grow out of it in adulthood. This is especially true on the face, where most children do eventually outgrow it. It is usually asymptomatic and improves, in most, in humid environments, in the summer and with sun exposure. It is felt to be primarily genetic and is more commonly seen in people with dry skin, atopic dermatitis and eczema. Sometimes KP has a white bumpy look consisting of pinhead sized individual scattered bumps and sometimes it looks like pink pinhead size individual bumps or spots. The white type is more responsive to treatment although, in general, it is very difficult to treat. So, before I discuss treatment, I  want to give you realistic expectations on what treatment can do. It can improve the look and feel of KP but it will not cure KP or take it away entirely. Unfortunately, when you stop treatment, the KP will return.

Now onto treatments. For starters, you need to use very gentle soaps and lotions and constantly hydro nourish but not aggressively moisturize and do not over-wash. If you are not able to see a dermatologist and want to start with OTC treatments, I would start with a Calamine lotion & add 5% Salicylic acid ,another lotion of Aloe Vera with 10%with urea and lactic acid (easily available at the Chemists. These can be pretty irritating so I recommend alternating using them in the evening using them only once or twice a week each in the beginning (use one on Monday and Friday and on Wednesday use the other and then switch the next week.) If you are not irritated after using them for 3 weeks, I would increase to using them every other night. It’s likely that you will experience some irritation at some point so you will need a topical steroid to counteract the irritation (redness, burning and dryness). Use a Hydrocortisone cream which is safe. Use the steroid instead of the medicated lotion at night for a couple of days so you can treat the irritation and take a break from the medicated lotion which is causing the irritation. If you have tried OTC treatment, your doctor can prescribe a topical retinoid and medium potency steroid. This does work but the irritation can limit your ability to use the retinoid. I typically start out by prescribing the above lotion 2 times a week and increasing treatment by one day every 2-3 weeks until irritation starts. Once irritation develops, I have the patient start using Mometasone cream for a couple of days and then restarting the lotion on a less frequent basis once the irritation has resolved. If you are tolerating the lotions and the KP is not resolved I will step up treatment to Tazarotene 0.05% cream once or at most twice weekly again combating irritation with medium potency steroids. Breaks from the retinoids  are good and often needed. Irritation is very likely but consult your dermatologist on the best application schedule for you! You can use some of these treatments in children but I don’t recommend it since they are very irritating and KP is a benign condition. Also, most kids don’t even know they have it and so you just draw attention to it if you start treating or fussing over it. I recommend treating it only when the child or adolescent starts to become self-conscious about it, and it’s always best to start treatment in “long sleeve weather” if you live in an area that allows for that since you can hide any irritation you are trying to work through getting to know how to use your new lotions/creams!



The rains are great for the soul but often hell on skin – warm, humid temperatures can lead to fungal infections. Beware! You can get a fungal infection in any season. However, most experts agree that during the monsoon, fungal infections are more common and potent than at any other time of the year. This is because most fungi thrive in hot and humid climates. Add to that a little carelessness to the skin and the skin takes it revenge by getting an infection! Here’s what you need to be on the lookout for, for skin that glows…


  • What is it? A contagious fungal infection of the skin, ringworm appears as a circular or ring-shaped rash. It usually begins as a small, itchy, red or scaly patch, and can spread to other parts of the body including the scalp. At times, several rings appear close together and merge.
  •  How did I get it? You probably got ringworm from an infected person or pet, or touching contaminated objects. You could have also got it from swimming in a pool or walking on infected soil in a garden or park. Excessive sweating, caused by the humidity, increases the chances of picking up ringworm.
  • Now what? The ringworm will usually clear up with an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream containing clotrimazole or miconazole. Consult your doctor for advice on the best medicine for your skin.
  • Tips: Make sure you cut your nails to avoid infecting the rash. Also, try to keep your skin clean and dry. Remember to not o dress in clothes with synthetic fabric or material that can irritate the infected skin. If the infection doesn’t clear after four weeks, speak to your doctor.

Nail infections:

  • What is it? Nails are at risk of fungal infections during the rainy season, especially if you       sweat and continually scratch yourself. Nails can become discoloured, brittle and rough. In    severe cases, the nail can come away from the nail bed. You may also notice red, swollen and itchy skin around the nails.
  • How did I get it? This fungal infection can result from overexposure to water, damage to the nail, or scratching sweaty or infected skin. Any moisture or debris trapped under the nails encourages the infection to grow. Ingrown nails may also be prone to infections.
  • Now what? Your doctor may prescribe oral medication or anti-fungal cream, depending on how serious the infection is. These medications usually include Itraconazole, Terbinafine and Fluconazole. This will clear up the infection, although this can take some time. In some cases, treatment can last up to 12 weeks.
  • Tips: Be wary of the place you get your manicure from – unclean and infected equipment is sure shot way of getting an infection. Also ensure you let your nails breathe from time to time without any nail paint.

Athlete’s foot

  • What is it? Athlete’s foot is an infection that looks like a red, itchy and moist rash on the feet. It usually starts at the toes and moves on to other areas of the feet. Other symptoms include a burning sensation, cracked skin, blisters and foul-smelling feet.
  • How did I get it? Athlete’s foot flourishes in hot and moist environments like in sweaty shoes or showering areas. It is highly contagious and can spread through contact with an infected surface.
  • Now what? Prescription and over-the-counter anti-fungal medicines are easily available at most local chemist stores. It can be a powder or cream. Check with your doctor for the best medication for your skin.
  • Tips: Keep your feet clean and dry. Make sure you wear socks and keep changing your shoes. Wearing the same pair of shoes day after day doesn’t give them time to dry out. By alternating the shoes you wear, you will allow them time to become dry again.