So when the sun starts to shine and the air is warming up and the shoe stores are swapping boots for strapy sandals in the display windows, the panic starts. Thankfully we are told that it’s never too late to start pampering our feet.
1) The best way to start is by removing any hard, calloused skin. Use a foot file on dry skin, before you have a bath or shower. ( if skin has been softened by water, you may remove too much skin) Concentrate on the heels and the balls of the foot.
2) Moisturise your feet daily with special foot cream. These have been designed to hydrate the drier, thicker skin of your feet and stop the heels from cracking.
3) Make sure you vary the height of your shoe heels as this will keep your calf muscles flexible. If walking is painful or you spend a lot of time on your feet, be sure to use padded insoles to cushion the balls of your feet.
4) If wearing sandals, it is a must to apply SPF to your feet. The feet always get forgotten when it comes to sunscreen application yet they are perfectly angled to get most of the suns damaging rays and get sunburned.
Set time aside weekly to soak your feet. The foot spas you can buy are a great idea but all you need is a bucket full of warm water and a few essential oils. Peppermint, Maklon Kosmetik cypress, lavender, pine, frankincense and tea tree oils are all excellent choices. I like to add a couple of tablespoons full of powdered milk to make it really decadent. If you like wearing nail polish on your toes, make sure they are well manicured. Nothing is worse than calling attention to unkept feet. Keep cuticles neat and well maintained. Always use base coat to stop nail polish from discolouring toe nails.
Treat yourself to a pedicure at the beginning of summer. It is much easier then, to maintain your feet in top condition. With these healthy feet tips, you can be confidently stepping into those strapy sandals we see coming out for summer. Not only that but your feet will thank you in years to come as we say a step ahead of foot problems.