Sandal season is right around the corner
Not for your face… but for your feet.
You may wash your face everyday - exfoliate, use masks and peels. Why not do the same with your feet?
Feet are the foundation of the body, they carry you through the day and support your body, show them the care they deserve.
Try a Foot Bath
Start the week with a 20 minute foot bath. Soaking the feet will help soothe muscles, hydrate the skin, and relieve aches and pains from the day to day beating your feet take. Sitting your feet in a bath of their own can also help reduce swelling and prevent bacteria from settling into exposed areas of the foot.
You can also try enhancing your foot bath with various different add-ins or entirely different liquids to bathe in. Try adding epsom salt to your foot soak, epsom salt is actually a combination of magnesium and sulfate which can boost blood flow, flush toxins, and reduce inflammation. You can also try a warm whole milk bath, rich in lactic acid this type of bath will help exfoliate your skin. Adding essential oils can achieve a whole new level of self care - based on what you’re looking to achieve rejuvenation, relaxation, refreshment, or even helping infections, you may want to pick a specific essential oil. To learn more about essential oils for foot baths check out this article: https://www.canyonranch.com/blog/beauty/the-healing-benefits-of-foot-soaks/
Soften, Smoothen, and Clean Up!
To smooth the skin and reduce calluses you could use a handful of epsom salts or a peel, steer away from pumice stones which can harbor bacteria. Using a foot peel can be very helpful, they contain an exfoliating solution which will cause your feet to naturally peel over the course of a week. Foot peels often come in specially designed sock-like bags which you wear on your foot for an hour - after rinsing off you can wrap your feet in a hot, damp cloth to relieve muscle tension and clear out pores. At the end of a good foot softening, clip those toenails back in a square shape to avoid ingrown toenails, you can push cuticles back with an orange stick, avoiding cutting - this can lead to infections.
Moisturize Your Feet Daily
Moisturizing is the KEY to daily foot care! Feet are especially susceptible to dry skin because of fewer oil glands than other areas of the body, it is important to keep the foot skin hydrated always. Your heels are taking on immense pressure everyday from walking, standing, and running - all this pressure can cause dry heels to callus and split, moisturizing is the best way to keep your heels hydrated and prevent cracks and calluses which can become infected.
Some Last Minute Tips
Consider wearing gel yoga toes, these toe-separators look like something you’d get at the nail salon but actually work like a foam roller helping stretch and realign muscles in the foot. Also you can try going barefoot when possible, not only does this allow air to flow around the feet but it can also help regulate the nervous system and keep your circadian rhythm in check. Lastly, dry brush your feet every few days in the morning, this sloughs off dead skin and energizes you.