Giving Your Feet The Care They Need

Whether you’ve got some aches and pains you want to address, or you simply don’t like the feeling and look of dry, hard skin on your feet, there’s a lot that you can do to offer them some comfort and softness. Here, we’re going to look at the best ways to keep your feet healthy, soft, and feminine.

Give them a nice soak

Alongside some natural skincare tips, soaking your feet is one of the very best things that you can do for your feet. If they’re aching, the warm water can dissolve away the tension in their muscles. It can also loosen any dry surface level skin, and soften the hardware layers so that they’re easier to wear away.

Just make sure that you use warm, but not hot water, as hot water can cause your skin to become dry, which will only increase the amount of cracks and hard patches that you have to treat, later.

Moisturize them

The purpose of the aforementioned soak is not to hydrate and moisturize your feet, as you might think. Water alone often doesn’t do a whole lot of good in improving the moisture within the skin itself. However, products like a moisturizing foot mask can do a lot better job of that.

When applying moisturizing products, massaging them at the same time can help you not only stretch out the tendons that can get a little stiff, but can soften up the skin so that they’re able to absorb the hydration a lot more easily, as well.

Break down those calluses and corns

The hardened bits of skin on your feet, those calluses and corns, can become a lot softer with the treatments above. However, if you don’t do anything to remove them, they’re just going to harden up again. As such, you should get yourself a good pumice stone that you can use to file away at them.

It’s worth noting, that if you have developed some thick calluses, running over them one time is not going to be enough, you’re going to want to do this occasionally. Do not trim overly hard, if it starts stinging, stop, and wait for the skin to recover.

Try to keep them from getting too sweaty

Aside from being a major cause of foot odor, letting the sweat build up on your feet can cause a lot of discomfort. Furthermore, it can make your feet more prone to infections, as the wetness breaks down the natural barriers of the skin.

If you have an issue with frequently sweaty feet, you might want to use foot powder to keep them dry and wear moisture-wicking socks that can make sure that moisture doesn’t get trapped beneath a layer of fabric.

With the tips above, hopefully, you can offer your feet the rest, relaxation, and luxurious treatment that they deserve. The better you treat your feet, the less they’re going to bother you as time goes on, so it’s worth investing a little time and care there.

Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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