Beautiful feet are something we all want, especially in the summer. Likelihood is in the winter months, we give them little attention as they are hidden to protect them from the elements, but once it turns flip flop and strappy sandal season, it’s time to give them some extra TLC.
It’s not always easy to keep your feet in tip-top shape, after all, we put them through a lot and they have to carry us round all day! But we’ve done our research and have pulled together four easy ways to help keep your feet looking their best all year long!
1. Soak your feet regularly in warm water
Dry or rough skin on the feet is not uncommon and it’s likely we have all suffered from time to time. But, the good news is, you can make a real positive impact and keep them soft and clean by simply soaking your feet regularly. I remember investing in a at home foot spa back in the day, but to be honest, all you really need is just a bucket of warm water for a good soak. Try adding a few drops of scented essential oil of your choice such as rose essential oil, or even just plain old olive oil will work wonders and provide much needed moisture. Soaking your feet for ten to fifteen minutes should do the job, any longer and your feet might become a little pruned, which will hinder the skin’s ability to shed dead skin.
2. Scrub a dub dub
So now you’ve soaked your feet, it’s time to give them a good scrub to smooth dry or rough areas. Use a pumice stone or scrub (no need to purchase a specific foot one, a facial one will do!) to massage the rough areas. Make sure you always go with the grain of your feet and only use a pumice stone when feet are still damp.
3. Allow them to breathe
Sounds silly doesn’t it – let your feet breathe! But actually it’s very important as just like the skin everywhere else on the body, feet build up sweat and dirt in your shoes during the day, which will continue to wear on your feet after hours. Simply just remove your socks and shoes when you get home and this will really help. If you allow sweat and dirt to stay on your feet too long, you’re creating a breeding ground for bacteria and related diseases such as athlete’s foot.
4. Pay particular attention to your toenails
Ever had an ingrown or broken toenail? Ouchie! Not only are they painful, they are also unsightly. To prevent these ailments, make a point to regularly trim your toenails. Just be sure not to make the nail too short, as this can also cause discomfort.