We use our feet a significant amount of time that is why it essential to take care of them. That said, there are many practical and efficient ways to care for them. Here are some tips:
Make it a habit to use a pumice stone or foot file on damp heels and calluses. Doing so will keep your feet looking great. The first thing you need to do is to soak your feet in warm water or a footbath for 10 to 15 minutes to help soften your skin. Afterwards, use the pumice stone to remove the thick portions of your feet’s skin. Instead of water, you can also use black tea or tannic acid, which is a natural antibacterial agent to reduce the occurrence of athlete’s foot.
Moisturizing foot scrubs made from crushed foot pits, sugar, or chemical exfoliators can also help remove dead skin. Once you finish scrubbing your feet, apply a rich foot cream or balm containing shea or cocoa butter. Look for ones that come with salicylic acid or urea, which are great in softening calluses.
You can try some medical heel pads, which can help soften calluses. When you finish exfoliating your calluses, use heavy cream to moisturize tough skin on your heels. If your heels are very dry and cracked however, it would be best to consult a dermatologist.
Trim Your Toenails Properly
Make sure to trim your toenails every few weeks to keep them healthy and strong. Trim them straight across, rather than the edges into a curve. You should also avoid trimming them too short. Using a nail file can also help smooth out the ridges of your toenails.
Go for a Pedicure
Regular pedicures help in keeping your feet soft and free from dry and rough skin. This also helps ensure your toenails are clean.
Wash Them Daily
Your feet tend to get dirtier and sweatier as compared to other parts of your body.
For this, making it a habit to wash your feet daily can help keep your feet healthy and prevent you from carrying dirt on your bed. Make sure to wash them with soap and water. You should also do the same to your toenails.
You do not necessarily have to go to your local spa or invest in high-end skin care products. By implementing these practices regularly, you can ensure that your feet and toenails remain healthy.