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Some days it can seem like you are on your feet constantly and indeed they do take quite a bit of a beating on a daily basis. It can be so easy to overlook your feet, but the following four tips will help you take care of your feet and show them the appreciation they deserve.
Soak and Scrub
The first step in taking care of your feet is to keep them clean. Start by soaking your feet in warm, not hot water. Water that is too hot strips your skin of moisture, so stick to warm water. For a spa-like experience, add some black tea bags to your foot bath. Black tea contains tannic acid, which is a natural antibacterial. Soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash your feet with a mild cleanser. Once your feet are clean, use a pumice stone to loosen and remove dead, thick skin on your feet. You may also want to use a foot scrub designed to exfoliate skin. You can make your own foot scrub by mixing granulated sugar and coconut oil and scrubbing your feet.
Once you’ve got your feet clean and exfoliated, you want to add moisture back into your skin. Pat your feet dry and apply a heavily moisturizing cream or lotion. Ingredients to look for in a moisturizer include hyaluronic acid, glycerin or vitamin E. Hyaluronic acid is a particularly good skin care ingredient because it is what is known as a humectant. Humectants not only add moisture to your skin, they also are able to attract and hold moisture to your skin for long periods of time.
Once a week you can do an overnight treatment to significantly increase the moisture level and softness of your feet. All you need is you favorite moisturizer and a pair of cotton socks. You can also use spa socks infused with aloe if you feel extra fancy. Apply your chosen moisturizer generously and slip socks on while your feet are still damp. While you can use any lotion, cream or balm, you can also use your favorite oil, like coconut or sweet almond oil, to hydrate your feel deeply. You’ll wake up to smoother and softer feet.
Your feet are in nearly constant motion and they are often overlooked when it comes to pampering. Once a week, or once every few weeks, book yourself for a foot massage or a reflexology session to give your feet a much-deserved bit of pampering and attention. You can also go to a salon and get a pedicure, but when you go be sure that all tools and surfaces are properly sterilized and that good, hygienic practices are being followed.
Your feet do so much for you, why not do something special for them? Rather than thinking of extra care for your feet as a chore, think of it as a chance to invest some time into your health and well-being. These four tips help you to care for your feet ensuring that they are both healthy and happy.