Have Healthy Feet All Summer Long!
A Guide to Beautiful Feet
Keep Your Feet Healthy
Photo by Blue Polish Nail Spa
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The season of flip flops and cute, strappy sandals is here, and pedicures aren’t getting any cheaper. Your feet have been in hiding, and now it’s time to show them off! However, they aren’t looking their best. Having healthy feet is more important than you think. Why wouldn’t you want to take care of your feet, something you use every day? Here are a few tips to make your feet gorgeous, healthy, and feeling fine.
Wash and Moisturize
Don't assume your feet get clean just by the soap and water you step in while in the shower. Bend over and run a washcloth over your feet and in between your toes. After you get out of the shower, make sure to dry your feet and toes. This will decrease your chances of getting athlete's foot, odor, and fungus. Then, lather them up with a basic lotion or cream. If it's a drier season, you may need to moisturize a few times during the day.
If you have diabetes, checking your feet for cuts, sores, swelling, or infected toenails is important for your feet health. Having diabetes increases the risk of sores and infections in your feet because you are more prone to infection.
Give Yourself an At-Home Pedicure
Avoid sketchy salon pedicures. Not only can they get expensive when you go every month, oftentimes, the instruments that were used on everyone else aren’t properly sanitized and spread bacteria. Feet are very sensitive parts of our body and they don’t respond well to infections. And, for some of us, we don’t respond well to other people touching our feet!
Before getting rid of the thickened skin on your heels, soak your feet in a bath of warm black tea. Black tea contains tannins, which is an antibacterial that can help you to avoid athlete's foot. Do not use Epsom salts to feet soak, as the salt can dry out your skin. After you've soaked your feet for about 10 to 15 minutes, use a sanitized pumice stone or foot file to wipe away the dead skin. Again, if you have diabetes, be careful with how much you do this, as it’s easy to accidentally cut yourself and risk infection.
When the time comes, cut your toenails straight across. This is really vital in avoiding ingrown toenails, which often have to be removed by professionals. Avoid trimming your toenails down to close to your skin ot rounding the corners with your clippers. It’s important to never try to remove an ingrown toenail by yourself.
Polish your toenails if you'd like, but keep in mind, if you're covering up your toenails because they're "ugly", this could be a big problem. Make sure you check your toenails when they're free of polish. If you notice they are discolored, unusually thick, cracked, or crumbling, this could be a sign of a nail fungus. Adding polish to your toenails could make the infection worse.
Try to avoid those extreme exfoliates and peels like Baby Foot Peel, and leave them to the professionals. These usually aren’t safe for non-professionals and can leave your feet more damaged than they were before. While the results you typically see may look oddly satisfying, over-exfoliating can cause painful blisters due to the chemicals inside the products.