Putting Your Best Feet Forward
With fall approaching, we begin transitioning our wardrobes from summer to fall styles. This is especially true for shoes. In Southern Louisiana, the transition is a bit more subtle. For example, sandals still work, but you are probably shopping for shoes with a little more coverage that still show off your summer tanned feet. The problem is that feet may be a little worse for wear after all that summer fun; be it rough and dry skin or cracked heels. Thankfully there are three easy steps and plenty of products available to put you on the right path to pampered, beautiful feet.
A foot soak does wonders for your feet and your disposition! It is also a great way to eliminate foot odor. Simply dissolve a quarter cup of Epsom salts or sea salts to a warm foot bath to relax and soothe. Try adding oils such as olive, grape seed or vitamin E for a great relaxing, moisturizing treat. Whatever ingredients you choose, be sure to indulge for at least fifteen minutes.
Dr Teal's Epsom Salt Foot Soaks are great for revitalizing tired, achy feet, while refreshing skin's appearance. Plus, ingredients such as peppermint essential oil and baking soda provide a cooling sensation and help eliminate foot odor. You might also try Johnson’s Foot Soap, a quick dissolving powder that soothes and relaxes feet. It also helps soften corns and calluses and reduces odor.
Tired feet love nothing more than a gentle massage to get the circulation flowing and to smooth away tension. The HoMedics Deep Soak Foot Spa has massage rollers that target sore arches and soles, adding extra benefit to your soak. After a soak is a good time to trim nails, while they are soft. Trim straight across and not too close to skin.
Daily exfoliation will help keep feet soft and smooth. Start by using a pumice stone while in the shower, where warm water helps soften skin. Then try an exfoliating product made especially for feet. The Body Shop's Peppermint foot scrub is made with exfoliating volcanic rock granules that buff away tough, callused skin.
GOLD BOND® Ultimate Pedi Smooth Foot Cream combines an exfoliating complex with moisturizers to prevent buildup of rough dead skin, or try treating rough heels with True Blue Spa Heel of Approval from Bath & Body Works. This cracked heel treatment is filled with glycolic acid to slough away dry, dead skin cells and shea butter to hydrate and smooth.
An easy fix for cracked, dry heels is to moisturize intensively. Every night, massage a thick layer of lotion into feet for several minutes. Some foot creams have extra ingredients such as shea butter, beeswax or coconut oil that boost the moisturizing effect. For example, Curél FOOT THERAPY contains smoothing shea butter, coconut milk and vitamin E. If you are on a budget, Vaseline does the job just as well as an expensive moisturizing lotion. For a real moisturizing treat, add cotton socks for the night to help seal in moisture.