Tips and Tricks: Pamper Your Feet
The return of sunny days is an opportunity to take care of your feet. Remember to pamper them: massage them, get rid of dead skin, and, above all, moisturize them every day. The few rays of sun that finally arrive make us want to wear light clothes and open shoes. After winter, we put away the boots and thick socks and free our feet that have suffered a lot. How to repair the damage and care for your feet now that the good days are back?
Feet Deserve Proper Care
Winter is not friendly to the feet: lack of hydration, cold, closed shoes damage them. When temperatures rise, we wear sneakers and open shoes, and that's when the damage becomes noticeable: dry skin and cracked heels. It's urgent to take action! Especially because taking care of your feet can become a real moment of pleasure. Here are some gestures to remember for foot care: massage them, get rid of dead skin, and, above all, moisturize them every day.
Essential Foot Hydration
The skin on the foot is particularly thick. In addition, its epidermis lacks sebaceous glands: that's why the foot is naturally dry. Therefore, it is very important to hydrate the feet properly and daily. There are many specific creams for foot hydration. Know that vegetable oils are also effective and sometimes more pleasant to apply. All vegetable oils have their specific virtues. To moisturize the feet, three oils are particularly indicated: sweet almond oil, castor oil, and olive oil.
- Sweet almond oil hydrates the skin, although it has the property of removing calluses and warts. However, this oil is not recommended for children and pregnant women.
- Olive oil and sweet almond oil will soften the skin pleasantly and effectively.
- If the feet are really dry, vegetable butters, such as shea butter, can be effective.
Make a Moisturizing Balm for the Feet
Mix four tablespoons of olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, and one tablespoon of lemon juice in a bowl. Apply by massaging the feet. Wrap a bandage around the foot and wear socks to allow the balm to act for at least an hour or even overnight. Rinse with warm water.
Exfoliation is essential to rid the feet of dead skin. For this, there are many recipes. Here is a very simple one.
Oat exfoliation: Oats are known for their moisturizing properties.
- 1 tablespoon oat bran;
- ½ teaspoon coarse salt;
- 1 tablespoon floral water of your choice.
- 3 tablespoons liquid honey;
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar;
- 1 whole egg.
Preventive Foot Care
Now that, with massages, intense hydration, and exfoliation, your feet are beautiful, remember these few preventive treatments to have healthy feet all year round:
- Dry your feet well after bathing or showering, especially between the toes: it will prevent fungi.
- Summer and winter, wear well-fitted shoes: they should respect the anatomy of the foot and offer good support.
- Podiatrists recommend cutting toenails with scissors, rather than nail clippers. The cut should be straight and not too short to reduce the risk of ingrown nails.
- If you choose polish, don't forget to apply a base, especially if you use a dark polish: the polish paints the nail and can even make it yellow.
- Don't forget to relax! Prepare a foot bath with a bowl of warm water, a handful of baking soda, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Nothing like a little exercise to get in shape! This also applies to the feet. With a few sessions of foot strengthening, you will work on your posture as a whole. Here are two easy exercises to do at home.
To do this, you only need a rubber ball and a soft tennis ball.
- Place the rubber ball on the floor and roll it gently with your foot, from the base of the toes to the heel. This gentle massage will activate the soles of the feet and stimulate blood circulation.
- Place your toes on the tennis ball. The other foot is brought to the same height. The heel remains firmly on the ground. Spread your toes and roll them.