What’s the perfect recipe to unwind on a cosy saturday?
There could be a lot of personalised ingredients, and a little dash of self pampering is surely one of them. Now, there’s nothing more soulful than soothing your soles, is there?
Throughout the week we find ourselves constantly on the go - busy at work, catching up with home chores, or engaged in social merriment. And what we sometimes fail to address is the toll that takes on our dear feet. You might’ve noticed some dry skin around your feet, cracked heels, rough ankles, or hard skin around your toes. All these are signs that you’ve been neglecting your feet (out of sight, out of mind?)
It’s no cause for alarm though, taking care of your feet can be super easy, satisfying and can be done all from the convenience of your home. Honestly talking, it takes quarter the time you imagine it will take and feels super satisfying! It’s just about getting into that habit.
Next we’ll let you in on a few, tried and tested hacks for how you can keep your feet feeling baby soft. Given the current COVID situation, we understand why one might not want to visit the salon. Here’s where at-home treatments for dead skin come to our rescue. If you’re not sure about where to start, read on.
While talking about footcare, it’d be a shame not to mention exfoliation: a one-stop solution for calloused skin. To put it simply, exfoliation means removing dead and dry from the topmost layer of your skin. Here’s how you can exfoliate your feet.
To begin with, we recommend using a foot file or a pumice stone to slough away the tough skin. Next, follow that up with a foot scrub. You can check out this Coffee & Peppermint Foot Scrub. Lastly, layer on a generous amount of foot cream or moisturiser to lock in the goodness, and you’re all set!
#2 Foot soaks
Foot soaks are a great way to soften up feet and buff away the dry skin. After soaking your feet for about 15 mins, you can opt in for tools like a pumice store or an abrasive foot file, that help remove thick dead skin from the feet. Foot soaks have been proven to relax sore muscles and aid relaxation. What’s better is that you can draw yourself a foot soak using ingredients you’ll easily find in the kitchen. Here’s a DIY recipe for you to try.
Things you’ll need - A tub (big enough for your feet), epsom salt, and your fav essential oil (our go to is lavender).
Method - Combine the ingredients in a tub filled with lukewarm water.
- Add half a cup of epsom salt and a few drops of essential oil.
- Soak your feet for 20-30 minutes. Option to read or enjoy some music while you do this.
- Pat dry and moisturise.
The battle of removing thick dead skin from the feet is made easier with some good old moisturisation. It’s beneficial to use a product that caters specifically to the feet, but not necessary. Regular body lotion or some vaseline will also do the job well. One thing to keep in mind, is to apply the product when your feet are damp to increase absorption.
Another way to remember to moisturize your feet is to keep a bottle of foot cream on your bedside table and apply the product before going to bed. The cream will work its magic overnight.
#4 Does the shoe fit?
Choosing footwear that fits properly is key to preventing hard skin on your feet. Footwear can go a long way in preventing foot issues or causing them. We’re all a target of choosing fashion over comfort when it comes to our shoes. The 4 inch heels might look stunning, but are they the best choice for a 2-hour event?
Try to find a balance and opt for something comfortable and good looking. This’ll save your feet from unnecessary pain, shoe bites, and blisters.
As is the case with most skincare issues, prevention is better than the cure when it comes to footcare too. There are a couple of steps you can incorporate in your lifestyle to avoid future foot problems. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Purchase shoes that are comfortable and fit well.
- Clean your feet while showering and dry them properly to avoid infections.
- Schedule regular at home pedicures.
- Consult a doctor if you notice signs of an infection or increased foot ache.
Keeping your feet looking fresh and clean can be easy and effortless if done correctly. A regular and easy foot care routine is your best shot at keeping dry and hard skin away. Investing in a foot scrub and some foot cream is a step in the right direction. That’s all from our side. Hope this article helps you maintain happy feet!