Summer is just around the corner, and that comes with sandals, sun, sand, and pool time! That means it's time to take care of one of the most important parts of our bodies- our feet! It’s easy to take feet for granted, but they are responsible for standing, walking, dancing, and so much more! It’s important to take care of these vital extremities so they can continue to take care of you. Below we’ll share some general tips to keep your feet beautiful and healthy!
Clean your Feet!
The first point might seem obvious, but it is often overlooked or not done properly. Feet can harbor fungus and bacteria, especially between the toes where moisture likes to hide. Even indoors, your feet collect a lot of junk throughout the day. Make sure you take the time at night to wash your feet before bed. Get in between the toes and even clean out under and around the nail beds. You may be surprised what can hide in there! Dry your feet thoroughly afterwards, and always follow up with an oil or moisturizer to prevent the skin from drying out.
This leads us into the second point- always moisturize your feet! It’s easy to forget this step. You might not think about putting oil or moisturizer on our feet, but this will help keep your skin from cracking and drying out which can age your feet and be very painful. Always use a nice thick cream or highly moisturizing oil like argan oil, vitamin E oil, and/or jojoba oil. You can even add some essential oils to boost calming, softening, and anti-microbial properties (think tea tree, comfrey, lavender, and eucalyptus). It’s very important to moisturize after every wash, soak, and exfoliation to keep your feet soft and free of dry patches or painful cracks!
To keep feet soft and callous-free, make sure to exfoliate! Sugar scrubs are good for a light exfoliation. You can use them 2-3 times a week either on their own or in the shower. Another great exfoliator is a pumice stone. This lava stone is great for removing dry dead skin and polishing those rough areas. Make sure to keep your stone clean and dry in between uses!
A Magnesium Soak!
To soak or not to soak? Though there are conflicting views on whether soaking your feet actually helps or not, we like to think if not overdone, there are many benefits to a good soak that can’t be ignored! Using epsom salts in a foot bath once a week (up tp twice if you aren’t prone to dry skin) can be very good for aching, tired feet. Epsom salt, otherwise known as magnesium sulfate, is known to be great for relaxing sore muscles. Though some other potential benefits, like anxiety reduction or better sleep, are more anecdotal than scientifically proven, we can’t deny an occasional soak might be just the thing your feet need! This will soften the skin, making cracks and calluses more manageable to treat. You can also give yourself more of that spa experience by adding a few drops of various essential oils to the salts before adding to the bath. Just make sure you dry your feet thoroughly and moisturize after. Give the moisturizer plenty of time to soak in before you go walking around.
Give Your Feet a Break!
It’s always so tempting to wear all the trendy heels all the time! However, it’s important to take a day or two to give your feet a break. Barefoot is best, as that is the most natural state for your feet, but leaving the house barefoot might not be very realistic- unless you’re heading to the beach or pool of course! Make sure you keep a few styles in your closet that are comfortable and more closely follow the natural shape of your feet. Fortunately, this year’s spring and summer shoe styles give us lots of options! Open toes are best, as they don't restrict your feet and allow your toes to open to their natural shape.
Summer is just around the corner, so make sure to get started on your foot care soon! Even just adding a few of the tips above to your routine can make a difference. Love your feet and they will love you back! Happy summer!
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