Updated: Jun 17, 2019
For the health and beauty of your feet, it’s essential to take regular care to keep them in tip top shape. From daily use of moisturiser, to weekly checks, and also maintaining a healthy regime of keeping on your toes; foot care begins with the trimming of nails, and ends in the polishing and exfoliation of skin. Keep your feet beautiful, and your skin feeling supple, with a clever foot care routine that can help you’ll love your feet to even take that selfie on the beach. Do your feet need some special treatment? They are one of the most damaged parts of our bodies, yet many neglect them paying the slight to no attention.
Why is foot care important?
Foot care is in particularly important If you have diabetes, circulation problems, nerve damage or infections can lead to serious foot problems. However, that doesn't mean the rest of us don't have to take protections to maintain healthy feet.
If you have a medical condition please talk to your doctors, though we suggest managing your conditions and keeping a healthy lifestyle helps keep your feet healthy too. According to a reliable source for individuals with pre existing conditions health checks should include:
regular medical exams, foot checks at every visit and testing your ABCs (A1c, blood pressure, and cholesterol)observing your blood sugar daily regular exercise eating a balanced diet rich in vegetables and fruits and observing what ever your DR tells you to.
You can help prevent serious foot problems by following a good foot care routine. Our feet deserve better! Today I share fifteen home foot care strategies I use to treat my feet that might inspire your DIY foot care ritual.
1. Use Baking Soda
Here, we need the most common ingredient from the kitchen!
1. Add Three tablespoons of baking soda in warm water
2. Penetrate your feet in the liquid for about half an hour.
3. For extreme benefit, you can add bath salts to it. Bath salt is easily available in the market and helps to relax the skin and ease the muscles.
4. Repeat it regularly!
2. The Magic of Banana
Banana is a tropical fruit that claims of a number of health benefits. It even helps to treatment super-cracked feet without any hassle.
1. Whip a ripe banana in a blender
2. Apply the paste on your feet.
3. Let it dry for 15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
4. Try this remedy once in a week and attain the desired result.
3. Daily Cleaning Regime
Following a strict regimen for cleaning the feet regularly is very essential. It will prevent buildup of dead skin as well as protect your skin from drying and peeling off. All you need to do is follow a simple procedure every night before sleeping.
1. Just add a bit of salt in warm water
2. Penetrate your feet in it for 10 minutes.
3. Once you’re done, pat them dry, and follow it up with a good moisturizer.
4. Wearing socks while sleeping will help to lock in the moisture.
4. Wonder of Olive Oil
Olive oil is amazing moisturizer, especially for dry skin.
1. The easiest way is to dip a cotton ball into olive oil and apply it to the affected areas.
2. Gently massage in round motion and once you’re done with the massage,
3. Wear a pair of socks and let your skin absorb the oil. Wash off your feet after an hour.
4. For maximum benefit, leave oil on the skin overnight and wash off the next morning.
5. Use Vinegar
1. Make a warm soak at home by adding apple cider vinegar to it and treat the ugly and dry cracks on your heels!
2. You can also add two drops of dish wash in the liquid for improved results.
6. Try Peppermint Oil
Use some peppermint oil on your cracked heels every day before going to bed.
The antiseptic properties present in the oil will not only kill bacteria and germs and but will also prevent you from getting infections. It will also reduce the soreness.
It is one of the easiest home remedies to rebuild cracked feet.
7. DIY Scrub
Treat your cracked and dry heels with this simple homemade scrub.
1. You can make this scrub by mixing lemon juice with oatmeal.
2. Make a paste and rub on the affected heels for about 30 minutes
3. Then wash it off with cold water.
4. You can also use Vaseline or jojoba oil instead of lemon juice.
8. Treat It with Honey
Honey has many soothing properties and is an excellent product for skin.
1. Add a cup of raw honey to in a bucketful of warm water.
2. Soak your feet in that bucket.
3. Repeat it every day for around 15 to 20 minutes and say bye-bye to the dryness.
9. Best Natural Moisturizer – Milk
1. Make a warm foot soak by adding a cup of hot milk into it.
2. Soak your feet in it for some time.
3. Do this every day and you will soon love your soft feet!
10. Soak Feet in Lukewarm Water
1. Once or twice a week, soak your feet in lukewarm water diluted with two tablespoons of sea salt for about 15 minutes.
2. Then scrape off the dead cells with pumice stone or mild foot scrub.
11. Treat Calluses
If you have the problem of calluses or cracked heels, then apply a heavyweight moisturizing cream after bath each day or at night before going to bed.
12. Clean the Dirt Using Cleaning Needle
1. Take a dirt cleaning needle for feet or you can also use the opposite end of a blackhead remover to clean all the dirt from the sides of toenails, especially the thumbs.
2. Be very careful not to cut inside your nails.
3. You can also use the pointed end of a stainless steel nail buffer.
4. Avoid rusted dirt cleaning needles and always use clean and stainless steel ones. This protects you from any fungal infections.
13. Remove Hangnails
1. Scrape and remove dead hanging skin or hangnails from the sides with the help of a cuticle remover.
2. Just swipe carefully over the hanging skin in the opposite direction.
3. You are not necessarily pushing the cuticles here. I personally do not prefer pushing cuticles back (that’s my choice), but I do scrape the hanging skins.
14. Buff Toenails
Buff toenails as and when you can. This is as essential as buffing your fingernails. Don’t forget to buff and shine your toes nails as they need the same care like your fingernails.
15. Trim Toenails Regularly
Trim toenails at least once every two weeks. Wearing long toenails isn’t very clean, stylish or even safe. If they get too long, dirt will gather in them. Besides, there is also a possibility of them breaking and coming off with live skin.