Your feet should be the stars of your body, they move you around, stand all day and take all the weight from your body onto them. They ground you and make you feel rotted, but they do need some TLC to make them feel their best, soft, clean and healthy.
Here are some tips for amazing feet.
1. Scrub them
Soak your feet in the water or a foot bath for 10 to 15 minutes to help soften the skin. Then gently remove the thickened skin with a pumice stone.
Moisturizing foot scrubs made from botanicals such as crushed fruit pits, sugar help remove dead skin. After you scrub, apply a rich foot cream or balm containing shea butter or cocoa butter.
2. Make them soft
Moisturize your feet with nourishing ingredients, if you see dry skin and cracked heels that will not go away, see a podiatrist, because it could be a fungus.
3. Fungus be gone
Dry your feet thoroughly before you apply antifungal powder or lotion.
Dark and damp conditions let the funguses that cause athlete’s foot flourish. Basic good foot hygiene is the best way to prevent fungal infections. Wash your feet frequently and dry them thoroughly, especially between your toes. Wear fresh socks or other hosiery daily.
Also, look for ingredients like Tea Tree Oil and Tolnaftate to help treat the fungus.
4. UV protection
Especially during the summer, is your feet are going to be exposed to the sun, wear an all spectrum minimum 30 SPF on the top of your feet.
5. Trim your toenails
Love getting pedicures? The technique matters. Clumsy trimming can lead to hangnails and ingrown toenails.
Also, make sure the nail technician gently pushes back the cuticle rather than cuts it, which can lead to an infection.
6. Use different shoes
Alternate the shoes you wear each day. That may mean having two pairs of your favorite everyday style, but shoes need time to air out to avoid triggering foot odor or infections. Change socks or stockings more than once a day. If you have a problem with smelly feet, soak them in a mixture of vinegar and water.
7. No pain is no pain
Your feet should not hurt—ever. Tight shoes can worsen bunions, distort toe shape and cause painful foot growths. If you wear high heels, choose heels that are wide, stable and no higher than two inches. Toe boxes should be wide; pointed toes shouldn't begin their narrowing shape until well past the ball of the foot. To protect your Achilles tendon from shortening, alternate heel heights regularly.
We hope these tips help you enjoy your feet even more and pay them back for carrying us everywhere. Show your feet some love and enjoy a summer of sandals and happy feet.