Our feet put up with a lot of punishment every day. From running around the house taking care of chores to being shoved into uncomfortable shoes and pounded around the office, they’re arguably the hardest working part of our body. As such, they deserve to be pampered and taken care of, especially if you want them to keep working and to look great while they do it. Here we’re going to give you some tips on how to care for your feet so they can keep supporting you for years to come.
A Guide To Regular Care Of Your Feet
The skin on your feet is long-suffering, typically trapped inside uncomfortable shoes and wrapped in socks that never really give them a chance to breathe. If you wear pantyhose, you know that this is special torture for them all on its own. Our foot care guide starts with a list of the things you’ll need:
- Scrub Brush for Toenails
- Pumice Stone
- Food-Grade Paraffin Wax
- Paraffin wax bath (Or a double boiler)
- Candy Thermometer
- Cling Wrap
- Extra Socks
Once you’ve collected all these together, you’ll be ready to treat the skin of your feet with some special care. You start by removing your shoes, socks, and nail polish and getting into some comfortable clothes. Prepare a tub of warm water for you to soak your feet in. Aromatherapy oils are a good addition to the list, but just the water will be enough. The water will help soften the hardened skin on your feet so you can remove it. Make sure the water is relaxingly warm, not hot, or you may wind up with dry skin afterward. After 15-20 minutes of soaking, take your feet out and trim your corns, and scrub your toenails. Pumice stones are good for this and also serve to remove excess callus.
Once the above is complete, it’s time to treat your feet to paraffin waxing by gently warming the wax in a double-boiler, using the candy thermometer to gauge the temp. Cover your feet in wax and warp with cling wrap; the warm wax will boost the flow of blood to your feet while opening up the pores, allowing better absorption of moisture. Once the wax has been dried and peeled off, follow up with a massage and moisturizing to wrap it up. Your feet will be feeling fantastic!
Special Concerns Require Special Care
It’s important that you understand your current health and the state of your skin before performing these treatments. While the above is generally safe for most people, certain people may have sensitivities or skin conditions that require adjustments. A good way to get more information about caring for the skin on your feet is to connect with your dermatologist for an appointment and consultation. They’ll be able to address any health concerns and provide guidance on ways to make your care routine even more effective.