There’s no need to wait until flip-flop season to start caring for your feet. Our feet are working hard year round to get us where we need to go, not just in the summer season. This isn’t always an easy job, and it can start showing if our feet aren’t given proper care and attention.
Proper foot care starts simply by washing your feet. Feet can get sweaty stuck inside shoes and socks all day, which provides the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. So, it is important to thoroughly wash them like all other body parts. And not just let the water wash over them in the shower, but taking the time to soap them up, top and bottom, and wash between each individual toe. This will help avoid fungal infections and foot odor.
If you’re finding your feet are starting to callus or dry there are a couple of ways to soften and smooth those areas.
- Soften the skin by soaking in water or a foot bath and then remove dead skin with pumice stone or foot file.
- A foot peel uses Glycolic and Lactic acids to promote the shedding of dead skin cells. Foot peels come in the same form as foot masks, and look like booties for your feet. The booties are worn for 60 to 90 minutes, after which the dead skin will start to shed over the next few days to reveal smooth, soft feet.
After exfoliating or washing the feet, it is always important to moisturize. This will help prevent the skin from drying, cracking, and becoming damaged. The feet can be moisturized using a foot cream or a foot mask.
Nail care is also very important when talking about feet. Ingrown toenails are extremely painful, these can be avoided by proper nail trimming. You want to trim the nail straight across, and then use a nail file to shape; cutting into the corners of the nail can cause ingrown toenails.
If these tips have you searching searching for products here are some I would recommend for happy, healthy feet:
One of my favorite companies for foot-care is Barefoot Scientist, they’ve basically created a one-stop-shop for everything relating to caring for your feet. They have foot masks and creams, but also have some game changing products for your feet. One of these is the blister prevention spray, if you’ve ever worn high heels or any shoe that rubs your foot the wrong way this is a must-have. Band-aids always have a hard time staying put and protecting the foot from blistering, and they can also be a bit of an eye sore. This spray creates an invisible barrier to protect the skin from the friction of rubbing shoes. Barefoot Scientist has all the bases covered from cleanliness, hydration, nail care and pain relief for your feet.