We all yearn to have beautiful and soft feet, just like those of newborn babies. There are also those who have naturally pretty feet, and the remainder of the population suffers from dry, cracked feet. Well now you don’t have to suffer from these conditions as we are enumerating some of the natural remedies that you can try at home to get a beautiful feet.
Our feet take the weight of the entire body. It is one of the most used parts of the body as they go through a lot of wear and tear, making them susceptible to fatigue, injury, and even infections.
Based on studies conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association, forgetting about foot care can result pain and other foot issues. We must regularly put an effort into keeping our feet not only healthy but beautiful at all times.
Visiting foot spa and salons for feet treatment such as pedicure is undeniably great. However this is true, bear in mind that regular pedicure is not the only solution to promoting healthy and beautiful feet.
There are many ways on how you can take care of your feet. These tips and guidelines can significantly improve the natural beauty of the feet, provide immediately pain relief, and protect the feet from bacterial and fungal infections while ensuring optimum moisturization benefits.
These tips will also reduce the risk of the common foot problems that result in discomfort and walking difficulties to name a few.
- Never forget to wash the feet regularly
As the feet is the most used part of the body, it is commonplace for it become dirtier and sweatier than other parts of the body. It is for this reason that they should be washed regularly.
Make it a regular practice to wash the feet at least twice daily; in the morning and before you sleep at night. Make use of a mil soap or antiseptic soap in combination with lukewarm water to successfully get rid of sweat, bacteria, and dirt which your feet may have collected throughout the day.
Never use hot water as its temperature will most assuredly strip away its natural oils. In addition, make sure not to use hard water to wash the feet as this can greatly dry out the skin resulting in cracked skin on the foot region.
After washing, make sure to use soft towels to dry the feet. Do not forget to dry the skin in between the toes. Accumulation of water in between toes can inspire the development of fungal infections such as Athlete’s foot. It is best to use a separate towel ideally for your feet.
- Make sure to exfoliate twice weekly
Just like daily washing of the feet, it is imperative to scrub or exfoliate the feet and the heels on a regular basis. The skin on the feet is thicker, thus it accumulates dead skin cells easier than in other parts of he body. To keep the skin on the feet smooth and soft, make sure to scrub them off at least twice a week.
The process of exfoliation greatly reduces the risk of callus and corns formation. If you are suffering from corns and calluses, the only thing that can treat is a doctor. To prevent this exfoliation becomes a must.
Purchase a scrubber or a pumice stone so you can effectively get rid of dead skin cells. While you scrub, make sure to follow a gentle filing motion. Never rub your feet too hard with the pumice stone to avoid cuts and bruises. Finally soak your feet in lukewarm water for about 10 minutes before you start scrubbing.
Ideally, exfoliation should be done at least twice weekly.
- Optimum moisturization
The wear and tear our feet experience on a daily basis make them more prone to dryness and heel cracks. To avoid these unsightly conditions, it is best to keep them moisturized a few times daily, or before turning in.
The application of moisturizer on the feet should be thorough. Be sure to rub the moisturizer all over your feet, including the toes. Before you sleep, make it a habit to put some foot cream on the feet. Gently massage the cream in circular motions for about 10 minutes.
During winter months, make sure to put on socks after moisturization to lock in the moisture longer. However it is best to remember not to over moisturize the spaces in between toes as this may result in Athlete’s foot. The best natural moisturizer includes olive oil coconut oil, and cocoa butter oil.
- Trim your toenails properly
To keep the toenails strong and healthy, make it a habit to trim the nails every few weeks. Use a nail cutter or nail clipper to facilitate this activity. Never use scissors as this tool may change the growth of your nails altogether. Ideally, nail clipping should be done after taking a shower when the nails are softer.
Never wait until your nails become longer than usual. In addition, trimming your nails too short can result in difficulty walking and other problems too.
Never forget that cuticles aren’t supposed to be cut or trimmed. Simply push them back after placing cuticle oil. Cutting the cuticle increases one’s risk for infection.
5. Daily massage
regular massages to your feet is one excellent way of keeping the feet in top shape and free from many foot problems. Just a few minutes of massaging the feet can deliver the following benefits:
- Improvement in blood circulation to the lower extremities
- Form of relaxation after a day at work or school
- Promotes quick and sound sleep
- Increase ankle strength and flexibility
- Reduce the amount of pain and inflammatory processes
- Lower down the rate of discomfort associated with burning feet