Your feet are probably one of the most used, yet most neglected parts of our bodies – they do all the work, without any of the glory. Whether it’s exposure to the sun, dirt, or grime, you often put your best foot forward only to return with a pair that are rather unruly.
From cracked heels to broken toe nails to flakey skin, this neglect often results in unhappy feet that are calloused, dry, and never sandal-season ready. While a good pedicure is a great pick-me-up for feet that look and feel under the weather, it’s not enough to sustain that radiance all through the month.
To retain that glow, you need to make sure that your feet are always treated with the treatment, love and care they deserve. Here are 10 ways in which you can ensure your feet feel loved and satisfied, even after a pedicure.
#1 – Regular cleaning
Do you have a skincare routine? A body care routine? A hair care routine? Now it’s time to add a foot care routine to it too! Wash your feet daily in warm water and soap. Use a foot brush (or an old toothbrush) to cleanse out any dirt stuck between your nails. Dab your feet dry and ensure there isn’t any moisture before you slip them into socks or shoes.
#2 – Exfoliate
A weekly exfoliation of your feet will help get rid of any dead skin cells that make your feet feel dry. This will also smoothen out any calluses or cracked heels. Make sure you do this when your feet are wet to avoid friction. You can either use a foot scrub or a pumice stone to smoothen the rough areas of your feet.
#3 – Moisturise
Your feet require a little extra TLC when it comes to moisturising. Instead of using a lotion, opt for foot creams or butters that are slightly thicker (especially, at night). Massage the cream onto your heels, cuticles, and between your toes.
#4 – Wear socks
Whenever you lather up in moisturiser, try and lock-it in with a pair of socks. Wearing socks also ensures that your feet are protected from harsh environmental conditions and keep your toes warm and toasty.
#5 – Wear comfortable shoes
Make sure you wear shoes that are comfortable and aren’t too tight. Always pick a pair that fits well, as an ill-fitted pair can do a lot more damage than good.
#6 – Trim your toenails
Long toenails are a magnet for dirt, grime, and things nasty. Make sure you cut your toe nails straight across and not too close to the skin. Don’t round the corners as this may cause ingrown toe nails.
#7 – Let your nails breath
Don’t overdo the nail polish when caring for your feet at home –– let them breath. Apply a thin layer of a clear top coat to protect the nails and strengthen them.
#8 – Let your feet breathe
It’s not healthy to coop up your feet in socks and shoes all day, as this becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Keep your feet bare every now and again so that they can air out. Get your Feet Moisturize and Massage at home or visit the JCB Salon generally a session lasts between 30-60 minutes. You can rest or talk during the session at your discretion.
#9 – Use nail & cuticle oil
While moisturising is a good exercise to follow, it is also important to layer your nails and cuticles with a cuticle oil. This will protect your nail from any damage, and will also prevent them from drying out and splitting.
#10 – Do weekly soaks
Make sure you soak your feet in some epsom salts, warm water, and a little soap. This’ll help cleanse your feet off of any debris, germs, or dead skin, and will also keep the odour at bay. A foot soak also soothes aching muscles and relaxes the mind after a long, tiring day.