Our feet are an important part of our bodies, and yet, many of us neglect them. Often, we are on our feet for up to six hours a day, leaving them dry, cracked and sore. Just like the rest of our bodies, now and then, our feet need a little TLC.
If we don’t take the time to look after our feet in the way that they deserve, we can end up suffering from all sorts of problems. Many of which may not show up until later in life, so it’s easy to make the mistake of thinking your feet are healthy, when they’re not.
To help you keep your tootsies healthy and happy, I thought I would share a few foot care tips and tricks. For everything you need to know, keep reading, below:
Clean your feet every day
If you want to prevent odor and foot fungus, like athlete’s foot, you need to clean your feet every day. When you shower, use a mild soap to wash each foot, including on the sole, heel and in between the toes. To prevent pesky and painful foot fungus, use soap with antibacterial properties – aloe vera based soaps are ideal.
Make sure that after cleansing your feet that you dry them thoroughly by patting them with a clean towel. Damp feet other the perfect environment for athlete’s foot, so drying them properly, is crucial.
To prevent dry, dead skin from hardening on your feet, and cracked heels from appearing, exfoliating regularly, is a must. While you could use a sugar scrub, often scrubs aren’t strong enough to remove dry skin from feet.
You best option is to invest in a pumice stone, and use that to exfoliate. For smooth, crack-free feet, exfoliating them a few times a week is vital. Don’t be too rough, as otherwise you could cause them to become sore.
Just like the skin on the rest of your body requires moisturisation, so do your feet. Of course, because of how thick the skin on the soles of your feet is, normal moisturiser won’t work. Instead, you’ll need to use a rich foot cream. Shea Butter based creams are fantastic for using on your feet as they are incredibly rich.
Get a massage
There’s nothing like a foot rub to relax you after a stressful day at work, right girls? As well as being fantastically relaxing, there are also many other benefits to foot massages.
Did you know that relieving plantar fasciitis with foot massagers is a fantastic way to soothe the condition? Plantar fasciitis is a condition where a band of tissue underneath the foot thickens causing pain and discomfort. This can often be caused by standing for long periods, such as while at work.
As well as helping to soothe this, a foot massage can also help tight tendons and muscles. Another condition that can cause pain and soreness when stood on your feet for a long time.
Paint your toenails
One of the best ways you can give your feet a beauty boost is with a pedicure. You can paint your toenails yourself, or you can pay to have a pedicure. Whatever you choose to do, just make sure to opt for a nail polish colour that matches your shoes.
Making your feet look and feel good is just as important as taking care of your face, and yet, many of us neglect our feet. For healthy, happy feet, take note of the tips, above.