It’s our feet which take a pounding all day long but often gets the least attention when it comes to pampering!
Its season ladies! While you’ve been shedding a few pounds and getting in shape for the summer, have you forgotten your feet? Here are best ways to get your feet ready for your cute wedges and strappy sandals.
But is it looks only? Unfortunately NO!
We need to take care of our feet to avoid risky foot problems that can lead to sever ailments of toe, foot, or leg. A regular foot care helps you to stay away from infections. Your feet are always in contact with dust and the chances of getting infection are more.
Your feet spend most of every day trapped inside a pair of shoes. All the moisture and sweat provides fertile ground for bacteria to grow, and the spaces between your toes are even more hospitable for bacteria and fungi. When you don’t take care of your feet, you’re letting those germs and dirt to accumulate. That leads to unpleasant foot odor — and eventually to fungal infections and other skin problems
1. Wear the correct shoes
- The first step to keep your feet happy and healthy is to wear comfortable. If your shoes don’t fit you properly, then you will get blisters, hammer toe, corns, ingrown toenails bunions and general foot pain. Prolonged use of wrong shoe can cause irreversible damage to your feet and backbone. So, beware; have your shoe size and shape checked and make sure you only wear shoes that fit well.
- Some shoes are bad for your feet even if they fit properly. Wearing high heels frequently can cause damage to the bones of the foot. They’re fine every once in a while, but you should find a comfortable pair of flat-soled sneakers for everyday wear.
- You should also look for the right materials. Synthetics do not allow much of air circulation. This results in trapping heat and moisture. Natural materials like leather and cotton will keep your feet cooler and release moisture. Athletic shoes with special materials or mesh work even better. At the same time, though, you can’t really avoid foot sweat, you can try to alternate your shoes, so that the pair you wore yesterday has a chance to dry out completely before you wear them again. Additionally, apply talc or special foot powder between the toes to help absorb moisture.
2. Get the pumice stone and the file out, and exfoliate your feet
A good tip is to remove all the dry and hard skin from the soles and sides of your feet, using a pumice stone and the file. Removing the hard skin will also remove the unpleasant cracks and instantly improve the health and the appearance of your feet.
3. Hydrate to keep feet smooth and soft
The wear and tear endured by your feet each day can result in areas of dry, cracked or scaly skin. If you live in a warm, sunny climate and wear sandals frequently, this problem may be significantly worse.
So, hydrate your skin with a good moisturizer. Nothing like an occasional massage with oils like olive oil, almond oil, sesame oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil or a thick emollient like Shea butter. Apply the oil, massage in and cover with socks, so you can leave it all night and it will quickly bring back that smooth and soft feel to your feet. Generally skin of the feet are drier than most of the other parts of the body. So, take care!
4. Protect them!
It’s always tempting in the warm weather to run around barefoot. It might feel free and invigorating, but it’s easy to damage your feet when you do this. Slip on a pair of sandals, even in the garden, and it will stop you treading on something sharp or stubbing your toe.
5. Give your feet a good soak
A regular foot-bath is a nice and relaxing way to keep your feet in good condition. Add some Epsom salt/sea salt and/or olive oil to a foot bath and give your feet a treat and it will help keep them smooth and supple.
Keep your nails trimmed, but cut them straight, not rounded. If you cut your nails into rounded edges, you are more likely to develop painful ingrown toenails. If you want them to look rounded, cut them straight first and then file the edges into a more rounded shape, kind of squoval!
Use a salt or sugar scrub regularly on your feet and it will help you to avoid the build-up of dead, hardened layers of skin. Mix some sugar or salt in with some olive or coconut oil, and the scrub will gently exfoliate the skin and moisturize it at the same time.
If you are too busy for a DIY recipe don’t forget to try the ready to use foot scrubs flooding the market. The ones with menthol are so refreshing.
8. Keep cuticles soft and pushed
The cuticle plays an important role in the health of your nails. They provide a protective cover for the tissue that grows new cells that build the nails. Taking care of your cuticles is important because it can lead to stronger, healthier nails. Also, if you neglect them, your cuticles can cause some problems, including painful infections. It is easy to keep cuticles healthy but you need to invest time in some basic nail care.
- Use a good cream or oil regularly to keep cuticles soft.
- Push the cuticles regularly; remember to be gentle. Over-vigorous pushing can damage the cuticle.
- In case you suffer from excess cuticles, keep cuticles trimmed. Being gentle is a very important point to keep in mind, again. It is suggested to take help from trained professionals so that you don’t overdo it.
9. Nail paints
If you are painting your toenails don’t forget the following.
- Do use a base coat: A base coat will provide a smooth case for your nail color, as well as protect and nourish your nail beds. Also, it helps to prevent discoloration from dark pigments of polishes by acting as a base.
- Remove polish at regular intervals. Give a break of a couple of days before you paint them again. It helps the nail to “breathe”.
- Don’t use dark colors too frequently; it might turn the nails yellowish.
- Do not wear artificial nails to cover up nail problems as they may make them worse. Artificial nails are not recommended for people who are prone to fungal infections or have brittle nails. For people with healthy nails, artificial nails can be fine as long as they are not worn continuously.
10. Have a healthy diet
Last but not the least. No amount of pampering will make you look best unless your diet is balanced and healthy. There are specific nutrients which keep nails healthy; most notable among them are Protein, Zinc, Biotin. Make sure you don’t miss them.
Read the details in
“Superfood for skin, hair, nails”
And Don’t forget to read,
“Fingernail care: Do’s and don’ts”
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