How To Get Healthy, Pretty Summer Feet
Your feet are exposed to a lot of damage every day causing rough patches, calluses, and dry skin. During the warmer months when they’re on display you really need to have them looking their best! Take a look at the following hints and tips for how to get beautiful feet naturally…
Foot Friendly Diets
Foods high in salt can actually make your feet swell and become bloated! So avoid ready meals and packaged food that contain a lot of salt. An excess of sugar can also have the same effect, so aim for plenty of fruit and vegetables, and drink lots of water.
It’s a really good idea to take a break from nail polish for a few days each month as chemical residues can build up stopping healthy growth. Continuous use of nail polish can cause nail discolouration too. Avoid soaking nails as this can dehydrate the surrounding skin, so opt for a sugar scrub instead.
The skin on your feet and your toe nails need protection just the same as the rest of your body. Use a high factor lotion to massage into the cuticles to seal in moisture and protect new nail growth. The folds in the skin next to your nails will dry out very quickly when exposed to sun, wind, and sand, but by using a sunscreen regularly you can avoid this happening at all.
After taking a shower or bath, make sure you apply oil or body lotion to your feet straight away. This’ll retain the moisture, and let it penetrate through the thicker heel skin. Moisturising heels regularly will help keep them soft – try sleeping in cotton socks made for keeping moisture locked in overnight.
Do this simple task at least once a week to get rid of dead surface cells and help feet look and feel smooth. For really dry skin choose a sugar scrub as a salt based scrub can be even more dehydrating. Adding moisturiser to the smoother skin will be more beneficial.
Pumice stones are readily available to buy and then you can keep one in the bathroom ready to use every day. Scrub with a gentle pressure to help with lumps, bumps, and hard skin. The textured stone works wonders!
Soak feet in warm water to soften nails, use an orange stick to get rid of any dirt under the nails, and clip nails straight across before filing. Use a basecoat before applying your favourite topcoat - a clear coat finish will make your polish last. Apply lashings of moisturiser to finish.
Rub a tennis ball from your heel up to your toes, spending a time to massage any tense areas. Take deep breaths whilst you roll to help relax the muscles and oxygenate the blood supply. If your feet are swollen soak in cold water to bring any inflammation down.
Blisters and Splinters
To minimise irritation change from high heels to comfy flats as often as possible. If you need to dress up stick on a plaster! Splinters, on the other hand, need to be taken care of properly to avoid infection. Wash with soapy water, and use sterilised tweezers to remove the splinter, and then clean with antibacterial ointment.
So now you know how to get pretty feet for summer go for it!