8 Easy Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy and Beautiful

By on May 21, 2014
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Our feet are important, yet we tend to neglect our feet especially as we age. Healthy feet not only look good when you wear those peep-toe sandals, but they can also make you feel prettier. Below are a few steps to care for your feet.

1. Wash and moisturize. Use a mild cleanser and lukewarm water to wash your feet. This will help prevent infection-causing germs. Dry your feet thoroughly after washing using a clean towel. Use a good moisturizing cream to seal in the moisture of the skin. Moisturizing will help prevent cracked heels. Fungal infection can happen when the area between the toes remains moist, be sure to dry between your toes thoroughly.

2. Use foot scrubs. Scrubbing your feet removes dead skin cells, especially from the hard to remove heel area. You can use foot scrubs available at your local drug store or you can make your own moisturizing foot scrub by mixing sea salt and olive oil to make a thick paste. Sea salt provides the exfoliating action, while the olive oil nourishes the skin. After scrubbing, massage your feet using a moisturizing lotion. This improves blood circulation and softens skin.

3. Apply sunscreen before stepping out. We protect our face and arms from the harmful rays of the sun, so why not your feet? Remember to take care to cover the top of your feet as well with a good quality sunscreen.

4. Perform self-examination of your feet. Once a week, look over your feet thoroughly after drying them. Check for any signs of infection such as the scaling of the skin on the soles of your feet and peeling of skin between the toes. This could be an indication of athlete’s foot. Discoloration of the nails could be caused by a fungal infection. If you are suffering from diabetes you should examine your feet every day because of the risk of developing foot infections and sores.

5. Use quality nail polish. Buy quality nail polishes made by well known cosmetic companies, don’t skimp by buying cheap off- brands. Apply a base coat before applying nail polish and remember to use a top coat to protect your polish from chipping and cracking. The pigment in nail polishes can seep into the nail and the underlying skin, causing discoloration, so allow your nails to breathe every couple of weeks by going bare. Apply lighter shades during the summer and darker shades during the winter; using trendy colors is a great way to add pop to your style. However, do not apply nail polish to discolored nails; the discoloration could be due to an infection and nail polish can make it worse. Visit a doctor if you find your toenails thickening, or cracked, crumbling, or discolored.

6. Cut nails properly. Do not trim toenails too close to the skin and do not round the corners drastically. Cut toenails straight across. Improperly cut toenails can cause them to become ingrown, leading to pain and infection.

7. Remove calluses. Fill a bath with tepid water and add sea salt to it. Soak your feet in it for 5 minutes to soften skin. Then, using a pumice stone, remove calluses and hardened skin from your feet, especially the heels. This will help keep skin soft and pretty.

8. Choose proper shoes. If you wear shoes that are too tight your feet will not be able to breathe, which can cause long term problems. Your shoes should provide sufficient space for your toes and the heel should be stable and wide enough to provide good balance. It is best to buy shoes at the end of the day when your feet are more swollen, for an all-day good fit. Choose footwear that allows air to circulate to prevent sweating. If your feet tend to sweat easily, buy shoes made of mesh fabrics for maximum comfort. Pointed shoes tend to cramp the toes, cause ingrown nails and calluses. Avoid sharing footwear with other people to prevent spreading fungal infections.

A few simple steps can go a long way to maintaining healthy and pretty feet.

Joecy Parker is an Online Consultant for Dermatend – Joecy likes to Blog about Health, Beauty, and Skincare. 

 

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8 Easy Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy and Beautiful