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Nepal farmers began the Luto Phalne festival to ward off scabies. But, in modern times, this is how you can take care of your skin

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Today is the first day of Shrawan, the fourth month of the Nepali calendar. On this day of Saaune Sankranti, people celebrate the Luto Phalne festival in the evening as well. ‘Luto’ translates to scabies and ‘phalne’ means throwing away; hence, the festival stands for warding off skin-related problems such as scabies caused by various farming activities done during the monsoon.

While celebrating this festival is nice for it helps you preserve and continue a meaningful and fun tradition, it is not enough to keep your skin safe. You need to practise precautions and care every day to protect your skin from some preventable skin infections and disorders.

To wish you a very happy Saaune Sankranti, here we list some key things you need to do to keep your skin safe and healthy.

1. Wash your hands regularly

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Washing hands is one of the best ways to combat the spread of infectious skin infections in any surrounding. You need to frequently wash your hands with soap and clean water. Wash and dry your hands properly for at least 20 seconds just how you have been washing your hands during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

If washing your hands is not possible in some settings, you can opt for applying a sanitiser before touching any body parts.

2. Avoid sharing things

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Infectious skin diseases can spread through direct contact with the skin of infected people or using utensils or personal things such as hairbrushes, blankets, clothes used by people who have an infection. Therefore, experts suggest avoiding sharing your own personal items, be it clothes or utensils or anything, and avoid using others’ belongings as well.

Plus, make sure you do not come in direct contact with the skin of people having skin infections and sanitise or cleanse the things before using them while you are out in public.

3. Avoid stress

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It is believed that excessive stress can make your skin more vulnerable to different kinds of skin infections including acne. In order to get healthy skin that is free from any kind of skin disorders, follow measures to avoid or control stress. You need to get plenty of sleep every night and do things that make you stress-free and happy.

4. Follow proper diet

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Your health is determined by what you consume in how many portions between how many intervals. For avoiding skin disorders as well, you need to consume enough vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sources of lean proteins such as white-fleshed fish, low-fat cottage cheese, lite tofu, and others.

And, you also need to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration of the skin that can induce many skin problems.

5. Get vaccinated

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Many skin diseases such as rubella, chickenpox, and measles can be prevented by early vaccinations. Therefore, it is best to get vaccinated against these infectious skin diseases.

6. Practise skincare routine

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For avoiding non-infectious skin problems, it is a must to have and follow a skincare regimen. For this, you should wash your face with a suitable cleanser and water daily, use moisturiser, protect your skin from excessive heat and cold, avoid dietary allergens and any kind of contact with irritants and chemicals.

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