It may not always be apparent, but our feet take quite the beating each and every day. They hold us up for hours on end, squished into small spaces, getting good and sweaty.
Though a day at the beach might be the perfect reprieve for the mind, a foot’s work is never done. Here’s what you need to get your feet beach-ready as the rest of your body, and how to take care of them when your fun in the sun is over.
What to Do Before You Go
Do you want soft, smooth feet on the regular, or just need to do upkeep before being forced to show off your feet on the beach? Either way, our Total Foot Care System is a 3-in-1 combo for intensive hydration, exfoliation, and antifungal therapy.
For beach prep, simply begin using the Total Foot Care System a week or two leading up to your trip (and for a few days afterward). You might be able to start seeing a difference after a single-use, but depending on the condition your feet are in, it almost certainly will not be enough to put everything on the night before and hope for the best.
The antifungal therapy, for example, won’t show improvement until 7 days minimum. The exfoliation of the Cleansing Scrub Deodorizer, by contrast, should immediately slough off dry, dead skin but will give more lasting results the longer you consistently apply it. If you’d really prefer a one-day quick cure, a professional pedicure could be your best bet -- plus it’s the perfect opportunity to rock some cute toe polish.
Whatever you opt for, showing your feet a little love before the beach day arrives is half the battle.
What to Bring
So your big beach outing has finally arrived! The totes are packed full of essentials and goodies -- but you’re a little worried your hard-won ready-for-beach feet might go through a Cinderella-at-midnight transformation by the end of the day.
Fear not. All you have to do is make sure your tote includes these items, most of which pull double duty:
- Beach towel: Plenty of people bring one of these to recline in the sand, but you can lay it on the ground where you’re standing or walking to protect the bottom of your feet from getting sand burned.
- Water: it’s not just for drinking. Splashing a little cool water on your feet can also protect that sensitive skin from the hot sand, at least a little bit. Try it if you plan on making a mad dash for the ocean.
- Gold Mountain Beauty Intensive Repair Serum, or a hydrating product of choice: Although this is part of the Total Foot Care System and will help your feet look great beforehand, it will help prevent the day’s water and heat from drying them out as well. A midday application after a quick wash could work wonders.
- First aid kit
- Change of shoes
How to Best Protect Your Feet
Wear sunscreen on your feet and ankles and be wary of the natural elements taking too much of a toll.
More importantly, guard the soft flesh of your feet from untoward destruction. Try to wear shoes when you can, especially closed toe. This protects from burning your soles and minimizes the chance of any minor injury.
It might not feel very beachy to keep those toesies under wraps, but it’d be an even bigger buzzkill to rip a toenail or step on a sea urchin. Whether wearing shoes or not, the best way to avoid any of that is to be aware of the ground around you. Watch your step and scout an area a bit before you play around in the sand.
Finally, be sure to wash feet when you’re done. You never want to get beachiness caught in an open wound, but germs and other microbiology will be around regardless. Rinse off before you go at the very least, and do a deeper scrub when you can.
Water and Sports Effects and Damages
While saltwater in itself isn’t terrible, prolonged exposure to water leaves anybody with pruney skin that’s going to dry out and crack if left to its own devices. Feet, in particular, are vulnerable to cracking -- and dry cracked feet on the beach are bad news. It leaves them more susceptible to something piercing your skin.
If you’re concerned about the ocean drying out your hands and feet, be sure to keep them hydrated before, during, and after your beach day.
Different activities in the sand and surf come with their own set of risks. It’s important to stay safe and alert while having fun and goofing off. If you’d rather not think about it too much, just slap on some appropriate shoes or foot protection and let them do all the hard work.
Dealing with Sun and Sand Burns
Shoes and the beach don’t mix for some people, but they do run the risk of foot burn either from too hot sand or the sun itself. Burned feet are troublesome and potentially painful to deal with. Sand can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the direct afternoon light, not to mention nearby sidewalks or the lot where you’ve parked.
If preventative measures have failed (or you rolled the dice and lost), your next step is to treat those feet kindly.
- When you’re home, gently wash or disinfect your feet.
- Soak them in lukewarm -- not cold or icy -- water. Adding some of our Tea Tree Essential Oil Foot Soak will scratch two itches with one motion. The soak is both therapeutic and has antibacterial properties, so you can dunk your feet right in, not worrying about disinfecting them.
- When you dry off, pat doesn’t rub, then apply an anti-inflammatory cream or something soothing like aloe. Try to let your feet breathe as much as possible while they recover from foot burn and don’t pop any blisters that may form.
- When the worst is over, feel free to use Intensive Repair Serum and Cleansing Scrub Deodorizer to help your feet keep a move on, metaphorically speaking. Don’t like a little tussle with the sun at the beach stop your feet from being their best.