Maybe the summer and sandal weather is approaching, or perhaps it is winter but you simply want pretty feet. Whatever the case, taking care of your feet is an affordable way to make you feel luxurious. Here are some ideas on how to make your feet feel and look great.
1. Daily Care
Instead of neglecting your feet until they look completely uncared for, make foot care a daily habit that becomes a normal part of your routine. When you have a shower or bath each day, use a foot file or callus remover to keep them smooth. Apply a natural lotion each night before bed and put on a pair of socks to seal in the moisture.
2. Have a Soak
When you have the time, fill a large bowl specifically dedicated to foot care with very warm water, Epsom salts and essential oils. Sit back with a book and some soft music, and soak away the stress. Your feet will absorb the essential oils and the Epsom salts will help you to relax as they soften your feet.
3. Don’t Forget the Nails
Toenails are a big part of the overall look of your feet. Keep your toenails painted with a fresh, stylish color. The great thing is that toenail polish generally lasts much longer than fingernail polish, due to less wear and tear on it. When your toenail polish begins looking shabby, simply clean it off and reapply with another fresh color.
4. Get an Occasional Professional Pedicure
Although you can care for your feet affordably at home, it is a nice treat to occasionally splurge on a professional pedicure. Someone who makes a career of caring for feet has all the special instruments that the average individual will not have access to. If you go once every few months, or even twice a year, you can easily keep your feet up at home in between visits.
5. Wear Proper Shoes
A big part of foot care involves wearing the proper footwear that will give your feet the support that they need. Choosing the right pair of shoes can be a challenge. Take a little extra time and find a store that has a knowledgeable sales rep who can assist you as you search for the proper pair.
Remember, it is worth it to put out a little extra money in order to find a good quality pair of shoes that will last you longer, and help your foot health, posture and even back health.
6. Foods for Foot Health
Believe it or not, the food you eat can help maintain the health of your hard-working feet. Eating a wholesome diet with a variety of nutrients will ensure that your feet can serve you well for many more years to come.
Your diet should include foods with calcium to build strong bones, as well as lean protein to strengthen the muscles that take so much wear and tear during a lifetime. A variety of antioxidants will help the skin on your feet to remain healthy and supple, vitamin C is used in your tendons and ligaments, and collagen makes your toenails strong.