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How to Keep Your Feet Feeling and Looking Great

Aug 17, 2007
Your feet take a lot of punishment every day. If you are a woman, you might wear three inch torture devices known as shoes or wear boots that rub blisters on your heels - all in the name of fashion or so-called beauty. Or you might try and stuff your feet into shoes that are too small for you. Going barefoot has its own drawbacks - you might step on stickers or splinters. You would definitely sub your toes and develop calluses on your heels. Taking care of your feet is a must, especially since they have to support you for the rest of your life! Luckily, there are numerous beauty tips just for feet.

Avoid getting rough - Rough feet can be terribly unattractive. Keep a pumice stone handy in your bathroom. After a bath or shower, you can dry off then use the pumice stone to gently buff off some of the thick calluses on your heels and even around some of your toes. Once you have buffed off a few layers of dead skin, gently rinse your feet and dry them. Apply petroleum jelly or a moisturizing lotion to your feet and promptly put on socks or protective booties. With your freshly clean and buffed feet, the lotion will soak into your skin better. To promote softer skin and hydrate your feet at the same time, make sure that you sleep with your feet lathered in lotion covered with socks over night. You will not believe how soft your heels and skin feel on your feet!

Relax and rejuvenate - There is nothing more relaxing than a foot massage. Let's face it - your feet are one of the most overworked parts of your body. They hold up your body weight and when you walk or run, that is added abuse to your feet. A massage using essential oils or even a cooling mint lotion can perk up even the most tired of feet.

Soaking your feet is also beneficial. It loosens the muscles and you can soak out your aches and pains. Plus, by soaking your feet, you are softening your skin in preparation for a pedicure and even the use of a pumice stone as mentioned above. A great home pampering product for your feet is a foot bath that has little jets that pulse water and provide your feet with a heated water massage. Adding a little Epsom salt to the water promotes a relaxing experience which improves the circulation in your feet and eases aches and pains.

Pedicures - Because we tend not to look at our feet so much, the cuticles can grow way past the natural nail line. Take advantage of the pliable skin you have after a foot bath or shower. The cuticles around your toenails would be soft at that time and can be trimmed or pushed back easily with the cuticle stick. Since your toenails are usually thicker than fingernails, a foot bath or shower softens them up which is great situation for easier trimming and shaping. With toenails, you have to be careful how you trim them so as not to create a situation for a future ingrown nail. In addition, you want to use an emery board to gently file your toenails. This will ensure that there are no snags on panty hose or socks. Just remember - file in one direction instead of using a sawing motion.

There are several no-nonsense tips that can guide you to better looking feet. For instance, you may love wearing high heels. However, walking in them for any length of time can cause pain in the arch of your foot as well as cut into the circulation and cause pain. Make a compromise. Wear sensible shoes during your commute and change into your snazzy heels right before your event. If you are able to, do little foot and toe exercises to promote circulation, especially if you work in an office where getting out and taking a walk is not always feasible. Doing little toe crunches is great to release some stress in your feet and eases some pain.

After a few feet pampering sessions, you will notice a change. So if you are in a profession where you are on your feet all day like teachers, wait staff or construction workers just to name a few, some of the tips above can be very beneficial to you. Just remember that you are not doing yourself any favors by not taking care of your feet. They are your main support system!
About the Author
Gregg Hall is a business consultant and author for many online and offline businesses and lives in Navarre Florida with his 16 year old son. Go to http://www.designershoesplus.com for designer shoes.
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