Lets Talk About Feet

 

pamper-your-feet-this-summer-1Feet, something that just sit there and often thought of as gross but we ought to give them a little bit of TLC all the time and not just in the summer when we get them out. So I thought it was time to do a little post on giving your feet a little TLC and love that they need.

exfoliate

Before you to anything to treat your feet you need to get rid of the dry and dead skin, here you have a number of options but often fine and course works best here. There’s the trust old fashioned way, soaking the feet and using a pumice stone it really does work despite the little bit of elbow greasy that’s needed. I feel as though the foot exfoliators are best, as they are properly coarse, sand-like, this just helps clean it up easier. Generally body exfoliator can worse but you’ll want something more like Soap and Glory’s Sugar Crush rather than the Body Shop Body Scrubs.

moisturise

We moisturise our face and our bodies but often forget out feet, creating unsightly cracked heels and dry feet. We are all aware of the inconvenience on waiting for moisturiser to soak in so there are a number of options as well as a variety of great products. There are a number of options here, one is a very simple option try using the foot packs which come in a number of varieties and you can buy them at pound shops, home bargains and body care. The foot packs I have mentioned before and use them regularly, they are essentially sock shaped moisturising bags. Just leave them on for twenty minutes at least, but with these you can easily get on with your day. There are also plenty of special foot moisturisers, but you can easily recreate the foot packs in a more effective way with other products. Body Butters, Vaseline, Bepanthen and Sudocream are create deep moisturisers and great for repairing feet, either use them and keep your feet out the way or lather up your feet before bed put on a fresh pair of socks and let the work happen with you sleep, just thoroughly wash your socks thoroughly more than that.

home pedicure

 Although this builds up from the ‘exfoliate’ and ‘moisturise’ sections, why not commit to an at home pedicure every so often and give your feet the proper care and attention. An at home pedicure is only something I have started trying recently and it is a bit trial and error to find something that works for you time wise and product wise as we all react differently to different products, so maybe once I’ve worked it out properly I’ll create a DIY pedicure post but for now I’ve found a good guide by Cosmopolitan which isn’t a bad place to start if you want to try yourself.

sunscreen

Although it may not seem relevant at this time of year if sunscreen is always important, especially if your feet are out. With heels and pumps, the tops of your feet are often out so you should always use some to protect your feet from UV rays which are present all year. Also most importantly for summer, do not forget your feet, burnt feet hurts and you can get super unflattering tan lines with shoes. This is something that most people ought to do but we don’t seem to especially in the colder months when we really don’t think about using sun protection as much as we should.

insoles & sensible shoes

One big part of looking after your feet is thinking about footwear, invest in comfortable, supporting footwear. Just because they are ‘cute’ doesn’t mean they are good for your feet, so fancy, high and painful footwear leave for ‘sitting’ events. Also we all love cheap footwear but they aren’t always best for your feet investing in insoles can turn cheap shoes into something that adds a lot of support that is lacked in the budget shoes. This isn’t a must do but think about investing, a good quality pair of boots from M&S or Clarks or something, will not only last years but will do wonders for your feet.

 

So hopefully these hits and tips were useful, as we often forget about our feet which do so much for us. If you have any good foot care products or any hints and tips to help you look after your feet leave them in the comments below.

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