The feet are an extremely important part of the body because they bear all our weight for many hours a day. Usually we are to blame for neglecting them or for feeling uncomfortable with heavy and swollen feet. Their care should be carried out systematically throughout the year, not only in the so-called “flip season”.
Due to the current situation in Poland and around the world, access to beauty salons, spas and podiatrists has been completely limited. Therefore, we must take care of our feet in the comfort of our home. Fortunately, this care is not difficult, and most of all, you don’t really need expensive cosmetics to deal with it.
The feet have the most sweat glands and the first step we need to remember is proper hygiene. For pedicures at home, you can use what you have at hand, e.g. table salt, olive oil, coconut oil and many more.
We start the pedicure with a bath, i.e. soaking the feet in bath salt, which is widely available within supermarkets. However, if we do not have access to this particular product, we can easily make it ourselves.
MAKING SALT FOR BATH
3 tablespoons of salt
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2-3 drops of the selected essential oil (we can skip this step)
or 2 teaspoons of bathing fluid or shampoo
, mix everything together.
Tepid water is poured into the bowl and the bath salt prepared in this way is poured at our discretion.
Soak the feet for 15 to 20 minutes.
The second way is to soak the feet in water with 3-5 teaspoons of baking soda, which has a bactericidal effect, effectively eliminates the bad smell of feet and – most importantly – softens the epidermis, which allows you to easily get rid of it.
The next step is to shorten the nail plate. We need to cut / file the nail plate straight ahead, remembering not to round the sides – this will help to avoid ingrown nails.
After developing the nail plate, it’s time to get rid of excess epidermis. We can use a public file with gradation 240 and treat the heels and places where re layer of skin is too thick.
You can also use a body scrub, which each of us usually keeps in the bathroom. In the absence of peeling, we can prepare it at home from the products that we have in the kitchen.
EXECUTION OF FOOT PEELING
½ cup coconut oil
3 tbsp coarse salt / cane sugar
mix everything together, then apply it to the feet and massage with circular movements. This way we rub the epidermis. We do this for 5 minutes on both the left and right feet. We wash off the peeling, dry the feet thoroughly, remembering about the interdigital spaces.
We also recommend the application of foot masks . However, when choosing cosmetics, we must pay attention to their ingredients and the effect we want to achieve thanks to the treatment. Avoid introducing creams / masks into the interdigital spaces, because it is in these places that there is a high risk of bacteria and athlete’s foot.
The basic active ingredients that occur in these preparations are:
* urea, which is designed to moisturize, soften, prevent keratosis,
* glycerin – binds water and has a protective effect,
* manuka extract – prevents mycosis,
* peppermint – refreshes,
* bisabolol (a natural ingredient Roman chamomile extract) – soothes and prevents irritation.
It is important to avoid wearing exfoliating socks, as they also exfoliate the skin on the dorsal side of the foot, and this is where it is most delicate and sensitive. In addition, excessive exfoliation can lead to deterioration of the condition of the feet and even greater accumulation of epidermis.
It is also recommended that you wear appropriate, comfortable footwear. Usually we pay attention to the aesthetic value, not the practical one. Therefore, before making a purchase, it is worth checking if there is an appropriate height of the instep and shoe profiling. It is not worth buying shoes that narrow very close to the toes, because it accelerates the bone deformation of the foot.
Beautiful and well-groomed feet will certainly be our showcase in the coming summer, so it is worth having basic knowledge about home care and shoe selection.
Katarzyna Bojanowska – Cosmetics and podiatry specialist