Your feet are the most abused part of the body and ironically are the most essential part of the body that are used for running, walking, exercise, or just standing.
The feet should be given the most attention because taking care of them would prevent you from getting foot condition such as athlete foot or other fungal infections. So it’s definitely a good idea to keep them looking fabulous and presentable.
Basic Care For the Feet
Endevour to wash your feet daily. With all the running about from place to place, the feet would have been exposed to a lot of dirt by the end of the day. It would be unhygienic to go to bed with the dirt in the feet. So even if it is not possible to take your bath at night, at least make feet washing a part of your nightly routine. Lather up with soap, and pay extra attention to the spaces in between the toes. Wipe the feet gently with a towel afterward.
Apply moisturisers on your feet daily. You should have a foot cream as a part of your routine. Well, even if you don’t, a good moisturiser would do. One way to achieve soft, moisturised feet is to rub on some lotion or petroleum jelly. Applying shea butter is also a good option. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll find that your feet are very soft and are free from dryness. Just remember to never let the area between toes become overmoisturised, as this will cause fungus.
And lastly give your feet a pedicure every other week. Painting them does not necessarily have to be part of every pedicure routine, but regular pedicures really make a difference in keeping your feet soft and free from dry and rough skin. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money to get your pedicure professionally done in a salon, you can actually do your own pedicure right in the comforts of your own home.
Soak your feet for about 10 minutes in a large bowl with lukewarm water.You may wish to soak your feet longer if the hardened skin on your feet needs extra hydration. As an added treat, you may also wish to infuse the water with a few drops of essential oils to keep the feet smelling good.
Exfoliate your feet with a foot scrub to slough off dry and dead skin, and moisturise it as well. Massage the scrub in circular motions, and rinse off afterward. If you want to go natural, you can use a mixture of honey with sugar as scrub.
Cut your toenails straight across, as opposed to a curved shape, to prevent ingrown toenails from occurring. If you would really prefer a rounded shape instead of a straight square, use a nail file to smoothen the ridges and to give the edges a bit of a curve.
Always ensure that the nails are cut and filed to just the right length, short, but not too short so that you don’t end up hurting yourself.
Remember to include your cuticles too. Apply cuticle oil to your toenails to soften and moisturise the hardened edges.