HOW TO TAKE CARE OF OUR FEET
While most of us pay close attention to our facial skin, hair, and even hands, foot care is frequently relegated to the bottom of our list of body care priorities. We apply moisturizers and cold creams to our facial skin several times per day, but we ignore our feet for days at a time. Ignoring the feet can result in painful consequences such as bacterial or fungal infections, corns, cracked skin, and bad odor. Neglecting your feet in your daily skincare regimen can turn you into the proverbial peacock, with a gorgeous overall appearance but ugly unseemly feet.
It is especially important to pamper your feet during the winter, when your skin becomes chapped and dry all over your body. Consult a doctor if you experience skin irritation, swelling of the feet, or skin peeling, as this could indicate a severe skin allergy that requires immediate medical attention.
Because it is covered in socks and shoes for the majority of the day and is exposed to dust and grime, the skin on the feet is especially vulnerable to bacterial and fungal infections. If the skin between the toes is not properly washed and cleansed, it becomes a breeding ground for bacterial and fungal infections. It is therefore critical to soap and wash your feet once a day to remove the dirt and sweat that has become embedded.
2.Keeping them dry
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the feet that causes itching, burning, skin peeling, and, in some cases, painful blisters. Dampness fosters the growth of fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. Drying the feet, particularly the area between the toes, is critical after every wash, especially if you are wearing socks and shoes right away.
Don’t limit your moisturizing to your face and hands. A lack of moisture can cause your feet ‘ skin to become dry, scaly, and chapped. Chapped skin can become extremely dry and hard, particularly on the heels. This area will then become a magnet for dirt and grime, which will begin to adhere to it. Chapped heels are not only unsightly, but they can also be painful. Every day, after washing your feet, apply a generous amount of moisturizing agent to your feet. Cocoa butter or petroleum jelly are both viable options.
4. Removing Jagged Skin
Moisturizing dead skin serves no purpose. It is critical to exfoliate once a month to remove the dead layer. This can be done gently with pumice stones or loofah. It also aids in the removal of dirt and grime stuck to the hardened dead skin. Scrub with a mixture of sugar and olive oil, then apply a hydrating moisturizer and leave it on overnight. Scrubbing can also be done with a few drops of mint or tea tree oil added to it for antibacterial properties.
Twice a month, soak your feet in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes. This softens the skin. Then gently rub the feet, thoroughly dry them, and apply a Vitamin E-rich cold cream. If your feet are prone to infections and inflammations, use an antibacterial cream. You can also use a hydrating mask made of mashed banana and lemon juice. After 20 minutes, apply it all over your feet and wash them with warm water. Apply moisturising foot cream or petroleum jelly before leaving the house and before going to bed. It is also critical to stay hydrated during the winter because the combination of cold weather, high winds, and hot central heating can dehydrate you.So it is important to drink plenty of water for the skin.
6. Putting On Socks
Wearing socks is important not only to protect your feet from the cold, but also to protect them from environmental damage. Socks protect the feet from dust and dirt that may adhere to the cream applied to the feet. They also provide UV protection.
7. Putting on Comfortable Shoes
Always wear shoes that are comfortable for you. Wearing shoes that are too tight can cause skin infections or sores. Wearing high heels on a regular basis may also cause damage to the tissues and ligaments in your feet.