When it comes to body care, the one part that we probably pay the least attention to is our feet. Every single part of your body deserves some TLC, and let’s face it, dry, callused feet are not cute on anyone.
Your feet need a little more love than just a simple rinse in the shower, though they don’t require as much maintenance as you think. Just follow these simple tips so that you can keep your feet happy and healthy!
Spend time washing your feet in the shower
Just like how you would spend time washing other parts of your body, it’s important that you pay attention to your feet as well. You can use a warm washcloth with body wash to help you clean in between your toes, or you can soak your feet in warm water and liquid soap for 10 mins, and then rinse, making sure you’ve rubbed the soap off every nook. Remember to dry your feet completely after your shower to lessen the chances of odor, and bacterial or fungal growth.
Put lotion all over your body, including your feet!
You probably already know that the best time to moisturize is right after your shower, as it helps to lock in all that moisture. So apply the right moisturizer for your face, and a body lotion for your hands, arms, legs, and of course, your feet. Besides, every part of your skin needs some hydration.
Never EVER wear dirty socks
This might be given, but there are some people who might resort to reusing socks because they haven’t sweat in them the day before, especially if laundry day is coming up and they’re all out of clean socks. Whatever you do, don’t wear socks twice (or go sock-less, if the shoes require socks). Doing so will increase the likelihood of an infection, as well as a bad smell.
Don’t wear the same shoes every day
Do you have a favorite pair of kicks that you like to wear during your daily commute? The danger about wearing the same shoes every day is the fact that you sweat in them but never let them fully dry out before wearing them again. And of course, moisture means the possibility of odor buildup and infections. So rather than relying on the same pair of shoes, buy several pairs of comfortable shoes when traveling to work. Or if you normally switch between flats and heels, remember to alternate.
Wear flip flops less
Flip flops are essential to Filipinos, but let’s face it—they’re terrible for your feet. First of all, they don’t offer any support, and they’re not very sturdy. At any given moment, they can snap, leaving you hobbling to the nearest shoe store so you don’t have to go barefoot. Plus, flip flops leave you susceptible to dirt that can get trapped in your toes, leaving your feet dirty until your next shower. Thus, it’s best to minimize your use of tsinelas, using them as slippers around the house or for the beach.
Watch out for pedicures
Whether you’re doing your own pedicure or go to the salon to get it done, always make sure the tools have been properly sterilized beforehand. Too many people have gotten infections from improperly cleaned tubs, nail and foot files, so it’s vital that you take the necessary precautions. Some salons actually sell nail tools that you can take home and bring back for your next appointment, which offers a sense of comfort knowing that you are the only person that the nail set has been used on.
Treat your feet to a foot mask
Foot scrubs are nice, but how often can you actually make it to the spa? Treatments can be pricey, and besides, who has the time and energy to go to the spa on a weekly basis? For those that are weary of their budget or simply want to spend more time relaxing at home, exfoliate your feet with the Butterfly Japan Foot Peel Mask
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Butterfly Japan Foot Peel Mask
Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.