We often ignore our feet when it comes to pampering on our daily routine. Once in a while doing pedicure is not fair. Feet are the most often used parts of the body with all the walking and running it does every day, we also put them on high heels and elevated to unnatural heights to smothering inside sweaty socks or tight nylon pantyhose. It is very important to keep your feet and toe nails in good hygiene.
8 Most Effective Foot Care Tips to have Soft & Supple Feet
1. Scrubbing & Moisturizing
Scrub the dead skin off your feet using a pumice stone on a regular basis. Doing so will keep your feet soft, clean and fresh.
- Soak your feet in lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes
- Gently rub pumice stone, scrubbing off dead and hard cells
- Rinse off and moisturize your feet well
- Use a moisturizer that contains salicylic acid or urea, as it softens tough calluses.
Also look for creams containing petrolatum, an emollient, or humectants such as lactic acid, which draws moisture into the skin.
2. Fungus Free
Dark and damp conditions let the fungus’s 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.
Keep your toenails clean as well. If you walk around wearing sandals in the summer, you might find that your toenails get dirty. Take time to clean them every time you bathe your feet.
Apply sunscreen on the exposed part of your feet before stepping out in the sun. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to your feet.
Clumsy trimming can lead to ingrown toenails. To avoid getting infected while doing pedicure gently push the cuticle back instead of cutting it.
With age your nails become brittle. To overcome this use nail polish that is free of, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate and nail polish remover free of alcohol.
Also start using cuticle cream, petroleum jelly, or vitamin E oil. Put it over the entire nail, including the cuticle, and gently rub it in.
5. Right Footwear
Make sure your footwear just not to compliments your attire but is also comfortable for your feet.
Your footwear should be dry and at a comfortable temperature. Wear more open sandals during summers. Wearing shoes in summers will make your feet hot and end up with odor or a fungal infection.
Keep them warm in winters with waterproof boots and socks. If you wear shoes that don’t keep your feet warm enough, you’re more prone to getting frostbite.
Pregnant women need shoes with broad heels, arch support and good shock absorbency. Added pregnancy weight may cause your shoe size to change, so get your feet measured. Older women lose some of the cushioning fat on the balls of their feet; choose shoes that provide more shock protection. Diabetics can develop serious conditions related to the feet and lower legs. Check feet for any problems daily and see a podiatric physician at least annually.
6. Get Rid of Smelly Feet
Feet produce more sweat than the rest of the body and tend to harbor bacteria that create a smell.
- Change your socks more often
- Keep your shoes clean
- Sprinkle talcum or foot powder in your shoes before you put them on
Pamper yourself with pedicure once in every two weeks. It helps keep your feet soft and heal dry skin with clean toe nails. You can also do your own pedicure in the comforts of your own home.
- Soak your feet in a bucket filled with lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes
- Mix few drops of olive oil and sea salt in the bucket
- Exfoliate your foot with pumice stone or foot scrub to get rid of dry and dead skin.
- Trim your nails carefully.
- Apply cuticle oil to your toenails to soften and moisturize the hardened edges, and push the cuticles back with an orange wood stick to create a smooth, open area ready for your polish.
- Massage your feet well with a rich moisturizer for at least 10 minutes
- Later wear socks and let your feet absorb the oil or cream properly
- Apply nail paint if desired. Sometimes let your nail be free of nail paints so that it can breathe.
In case of any severe foot pain, please see a doctor immediately.