The feet are one of the most neglected parts of the body, and many people only pay attention to them when they are injured or need a doctor’s attention.
Even though they are constantly and unavoidably exposed to harsh and different environmental conditions, there are ways you can keep your feet looking healthy, fresh, and beautiful. Some of the things you need to do to achieve this include:
This is the first step. After all, there is no way your feet will look great if they are dirty.
If your feet aren’t clean, they won’t absorb moisturizers and nutrients. They will also be a home for microbes and, over time, will crack and look old. And you don’t want this, do you?
The cool thing is that you don’t need to be fancy when cleaning your feet. All you need is warm water and soap.
For the best results, avoid hot water and harsh soaps, which can make your skin dry and uncomfortable.
When cleaning, pay attention to toe webs and cuticles and ensure they are also clean.
Scrub the feet
Exfoliating your skin occasionally is great, and it works exceptionally well on your feet, where dead skin is harder to get rid of.
You should use a body or foot scrub once a week to get rid of dead skin on your feet. Another popular choice is a pumice stone, which is great for heels. While the stone is great, you should be cautious when using it on the tops of your feet, as it can easily hurt you.
Protect your feet from blisters.
As you can tell, blisters will hurt and, at the same time, give your feet an ugly look. To prevent this, work as hard as possible to keep them from forming.
To do this, you should be cautious of the type of shoes you wear. As a rule of thumb, avoid shoes that are too tight. You also should avoid too loose shoes or those with too many straps as they will hurt your skin.
As much as it feels freeing, don’t go barefoot for a long time. If you want to walk around but don’t want to put on shoes, use a cheap pair of floaters to avoid picking up dirt, which can lead to dryness and irritation.
Avoid walking with your heels on (actually avoid heels altogether, if you can). If you must wear heels, keep them as low as possible and try not to move around too much.
If you have to wear heels for a long time, such as when attending a business meeting, put bandages on places like the top of your foot or heel that are most likely to get hurt.
You also should make it a habit to use baby powder to keep your feet from sweating and sliding in the shoe.
Be cautious when removing splinters.
Removing the splinter the wrong way can easily ruin your feet so you should be ultra-cautious about how you go about it.
As a rule of thumb, don’t try to wring it out, as this could push the splinter further into the skin.
The best way to go about it is to wash the spot gently with soap and water, then pat it dry to get rid of any extra water. You should then use tweezers, a needle, or nail clippers to pull the splinter out the same way it went.
After you get the splinter out, clean the area with antibacterial ointment and put a band-aid on it until it heals.
Keep your feet moisturized.
Feet are tough because nature made them that way. While this is the case, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take good care of them.
Like other skin parts, you need to moisturize your feet and heels.
For beautiful feet, you need to moisturize them properly and regularly.
For the best results, use a professional foot cream with a lot of moisture, not just any lotion.
You should consider putting on cotton socks at night after putting on foot cream to stop moisture from escaping and keep it in.
While you can moisturize your feet at any time, it’s always a good idea to do it after a shower as it has been shown to significantly help the skin keep water.
Trim your nails
While long fingernails might appear beautiful, it’s not the case with toenails, so you are better off trimming your toenails. When cutting, cut them straight across.
When you cut this way, the edging looks lovely and, at the same time, helps prevent toenails from growing into the skin.
For the best look, round off the corners with a file so your toenails don’t scratch you.
You should always cut your nails while they are dry. This is because you tend to get a cleaner cut and have an easier time.
If you have nail fungus, use nail nippers, as they work even better because they are sharper and easier to use.
You should note that you shouldn’t cut your cuticles as they help keep you from getting sick.
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These are some of the ways you can take good care of your feet. After the feet are clean and properly moisturized, apply nail polish.
Remember that all nail polishes aren’t made the same, so be ultra cautious when buying them. Of significant importance, pay close attention to the ingredients. This is because putting the wrong chemicals on your toenails can change color, weaken them, and cause many other problems.
Ensure that a reputable brand makes the nail polish you are getting. When applying, always start with a base coat before adding color.