Healthy Feet – Our Top Tips
The weather is finally getting warmer— at last, summer is just around the corner. Before you put away those boots for the season and slip into your new sandals, you might want to give your neglected feet a bit of TLC.
Here are our top tips to make sure your feet look and feel great for summer.
Give yourself a foot bath
A good soak has number of benefits; not least that it’s a great way to relax. Fill a large bowl with warm water and rub your feet with a cloth and a gentle moisturising soap for a deep clean, paying special attention to the spaces between your toes. Add epsom salts or tea tree oil to enhance the effects.
Treating yourself to a foot bath a few times a week will keep your feet looking and feeling healthy all summer long. Just make sure to rinse away the dead skin after you soak, or exfoliate.
After months of hiding away in wooly socks, thick tights and boots; the skin on your feet may have become especially dry and rough. The cold air of winter combined with friction and the pressure of walking around all day in tight or ill-fitting shoes can lead the skin on the soles of the feet to thicken and even crack. To combat this unsightly build up of hard dead skin, get rid of the dead skin cells by exfoliating.
First soak your feet in warm water to soften the skin, then gently rub away the excess skin with an exfoliator.
Keep in mind that the skin on the feet is especially susceptible to becoming dry because of its reliance on sweat secretions to remain hydrated. For this reason, the feet require a more intensive moisturising routine than other areas of the body.
Use a thick, rich cream to seal in moisture and give the skin on your feet the hydration they need. Ideally, apply in the morning after your shower and perhaps again in the evening before bed.
Don’t Neglect your Nails
Consider getting a pedicure if that’s a viable option for you, but if not make sure to tidy up your cuticles and toe nails at home.
Simply, use a cuticle remover to soften the skin, gently push back the cuticle and trim any excess or dry bits. Shape and file the toenails to the desired length and maybe even paint with a bright polish.
Protect your feet
We all understand the dangers of the sun’s rays and know better than to tan without any protection. That said, it can be all too easy to forget the feet. Exposure to the elements is one of the key contributors to dry skin on the feet, so it’s important to remember to use SPF; don’t forget the soles of the feet—walking around on sunburn is no fun.
Following these simple tips should help you get your feet in tip top condition and ready for summer.