Foot and Nail Care
Tips for Foot and Nail Care, foot care remedies
Make sure to wash your feet daily.
Feet tend to get dirtier and sweatier than other parts of the body, so it’s important to have good sanitary habits. If you take showers in the morning and not at night, at least make feet-washing a part of your nightly routine when you get home. Aside from being a mark of good hygiene, doing this also stops you from carrying dirt into your bed. Foot care remedies should be done on a daily basis.
- Wash them with soap and warm water. This will cleanse your feet of sweat, dirt, and bacteria that might be living there. Pay extra attention to the spaces in between the toes. Wipe your feet gently with a towel afterward.
- Keep your toenails clean as well. If you walk around wearing sandals in the summer, you might find that your toenails get dirty. Take the time to clean them every time you bathe your feet.
- While you’re washing your feet, use a pumice stone to buff your feet, exfoliating your skin. This also massages the balls and soles of your feet.
Massage a moisturizing lotion into your feet every day.
Wear the right footwear for the occasion.
Your feet will stay healthier if you wear proper footwear designed to keep your feet clean, dry and at a comfortable temperature. You dress the rest of your body to stay comfortable in different weather conditions, and you should do the same for your feet.
- Keep them cool in the summer with sandals and footwear that breathes. If you wear shoes that make your feet hot in the summer, you could end up with odor or fungal infection.
- Keep them warm in the winter with waterproof boots and socks. If you wear shoes that don’t keep your feet warm enough, you’re more prone to getting frostbite.
Get Rid Of Odors.
Dealing with odor is a problem many people face since feet produce more sweat than the rest of the body and tend to harbor bacteria that create a smell. If your foot odor has gotten out of hand, there are measures you can take to make them smell better right away.
- Try changing your socks more often. If your feet tend to sweat a lot throughout the day, bringing an extra pair of socks with you could really help to decrease the odor that builds up. Change your socks when they get damp with sweat.
- Keep your shoes clean. Sometimes the odor is worse when sweat and bacteria build up in shoes. Then every time you put them on, the problem is perpetuated. Wearing socks with your shoes, cleaning them every so often and buying new shoes when it’s time are all ways to reduce odor.
- Try foot powder. There are many products designed to keep feet dry and odor-free. Try sprinkling foot powder, baby powder or talcum powder in your shoes before you put them on.
Keep your feet dry.
Athlete’s foot and other foot fungus tends to grow in moist conditions. A few tweaks in your hygiene routine can prevent you from having to deal with these unpleasant afflictions, which often cause itchy rashes.
Do the following to keep your feet clean and dry:
- Opt for good quality socks made from cotton or wool.
- Change your socks often. It’s the top prevention method for all kinds of foot-related issues, from odor to fungus. Wearing damp socks provides the perfect environment for fungus to grow, so change them often, especially if you sweat a lot.
- Use foot powder. Many people sprinkle powder in their shoes to keep everything clean and dry.
If you shower in a locker room or another public place, take precautions so you don’t end up with someone else’s foot fungus. Showers are typically damp environments that can harbor fungus and bacteria. It’s not a good idea to step into a public shower without protection on your feet.
- Wear flip flops or shower shoes when you shower in locker rooms and other public places.
- It’s also important not to share shoes with other people. If you’re an athlete, don’t share cleats and other athletic equipment.
Trim your toenails properly.
Every few weeks, trim your toenails to keep them healthy and strong. Trimming them the wrong way results in ingrown toenails, which can be quite painful. Trim them straight across, rather than trimming the edges into a curve. You should also avoid trimming them too short since this could result in ingrown toenails or an infection.
- If you would really prefer a rounded shape instead of a straight square, use a nail file to smooth out the ridges and to give the edges a bit of a curve, so you would end up with a square shape with rounded edges.
Give your feet a pedicure every two weeks.
Painting them does not necessarily have to be part of every pedicure routine, but regular pedicures really make a difference in keeping your feet soft and free from dry and rough skin, and your toenails clean and neat. You don’t need to spend a lot of cash to have your pedicure professionally done in a salon, and with a few tools, you can do your own pedicure right in the comforts of your own home.
Start with a foot massage.
If you’re on your feet a lot and they tend to be sore, massage them before you start your pedicure. While this step isn’t absolutely necessary, it’s a nice way to pamper yourself a little. If you’re already taking time to give yourself a pedicure, why not?
- Knead the soles. Use your thumbs to press into the soles of your feet in a circular kneading pattern. This will help loosen the tight muscles there.
- Stretch the toes. One by one, gently pulls your toes back and forth to stretch them out and ease tightness and soreness.
Soak your feet for 5-10 minutes in a large bowl of warm water.
As an added treat, you may also wish to infuse the water with a few drops of essential oils or Dead Sea salts, to keep the feet smelling good and to soften hard skin respectively.
- The soaking time indicated here is merely just a suggestion — you may choose to soak your feet for much longer if you want to relax, or if the hardened skin on your feet needs extra hydration.
Exfoliate your feet with a foot scrub and pumice stone.
This will slough off dry and dead skin, and to moisturize your feet as well. The skin on your feet is thicker, and to keep it soft and smooth it’s important to remove dead skin with exfoliation. Massage the scrub in circular motions, and rinse off afterward.
- To exfoliate the hardened skin on the heels and bottom part of the feet, use a foot file or a pumice stone.
- Make sure to use a gentle filing motion, and to never rub too hard.
- If you have tough calluses, try a callus shaver to remove them from your heels and the sides of your toes. This will prevent them from getting larger and causing pain.
Moisturize your feet.
With all the wear and tear your feet experience, it’s important to moisturize them from time to time. After you’ve soaked your feet, exfoliated your skin and trimmed your nails, use a lotion or cream to protect your skin. Rub it all over the top and bottom of your feet, including your toes.
- If you have a tendency to get callouses, consider a very rich cream. This will keep your skin moist and slow the growth of more calluses.
- If your heels tend to crack in dry weather wear socks to bed after moisturizing.
Apply nail polish if desired.
If you’d like to end your pedicure with a pretty final touch, apply the nail polish color of your choice. If you want a long-lasting pedicure for your foot, you might want to start with a clear base coat. Let that dry, then paint with the color you have chosen using the “three-stroke method”, which consists of using one stroke on each side and a stroke in the middle. This ensures that the polish is evenly applied to the whole nail. Finish with a clear topcoat to set the polish in place and prevent it from chipping.
- Use toe separators to keep your toes apart. This makes the process of painting easier and prevents a freshly painted toenail from staining another toe.
- Remove nail polish after a few days so it won’t stain. If you leave the polish on your toenails for too long, you might find that your nails look yellowed when you finally take it off.
- Acetone, the active ingredient in most nail polish removers, has a severe drying effect on skin and nails. Consider using a nail polish remover that doesn’t contain acetone.
Happy Feet! Happy you!