Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Foot Care Routine

When it comes to beauty care one aspect of our body that we tend to neglect often is our feet. Your feet carry the weight of your entire body and if often one of the most abused and least cared for parts of your body. Foot care is very important in order to keep your feet healthy and beautiful. The skin on your feet is very delicate and foot skin care on a regular basis is a must if your feet are to look beautiful. Given below is a foot care routine, that is simple and is not time consuming and that you can follow a few times a week.
  • The first step to good foot care is to remove the hard skin from your feet. You may have to use a pumice stone or apply cream generously on the area in order to remove the dead foot skin. Soak your feet in a bowl of slightly hot water. This will soften the dirt and the dead skin, which will allow you to remove it easily. You could use a foot file as well, rub your skin gently and rinse off the flaky residue.
  • After this soak your feet for about 10 min in a bowl of warm water. Add some mineral salts or palm sea salts, along with a few drops of lavender essential oils that will relieve the aches and reduce the swelling.
  • Dry your feet, especially between your toes. Trim the nails of your toes by cutting straight across the tip. Shape the corners with an emery board.
  • Massage your feet with rich foot skin cream. Cup your hands on either side of your foot and with your thumbs firmly press the upper part of your foot while pushing your thumbs outwards.
  • Gently massage the anklebone in a circular motion to remove any stiffness in the ankle.
  • Remove the extra cream from your nails. Then place cotton wool tufts in-between your toes to keep them apart.
  • First apply a base coat of nail polish and then apply a second coat if required. When you apply nail polish, begin from the middle of the nail with one quick stroke and then work outwards.
  • Wait for ½ an hour before wearing your shoes.
Follow this foot skin care routine a few times a week and you will have lovely looking feet.

It is said that you can have an idea about the hygiene of a person by simply taking a look at his shoes or feet. In fact, the way your feet look can tell the other person much about your personal cleanliness. In other words, we can say that the health of your feet plays a much important role in your overall personality. Thus, it is quite obvious that people want to have beautiful and healthy feet. However, for the purpose, you need to take proper care of your feet, washing and scrubbing them properly, moisturizing them on a regular basis, and so on. At the same time, you need to wear comfortable shoes, which allow your feet to relax and breathe easily. Read on to explore some more foot skin care tips.

Tips For Healthy & Beautiful Feet
  • Wash you feet on a daily basis, in lukewarm soapy water. Thereafter, rinse them with cool water, dry with a towel and apply foot cream.
  • Whenever you get your feet wet, make sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
  • The best time to buy shoes is later in the day, when the feet are a bit swollen. The shoes that feel comfortable at that time will surely be comfy at all times of the day.
  • If, and when, you go out in the sun wearing sandals, make sure to apply a sunscreen on your feet, just like the rest of your exposed body parts.
  • Scrub your feet, especially the heels, with a foot scrubber on a regular basis. It will help remove the dead cells and make you feet softer.
  • Before going to bed, wash you feet thoroughly, dry them with a towel and apply moisturizer generously, especially at the heels.
  • Whenever you are applying moisturizer or cream on your feet, avoid the area between the toes.
  • To keep you feet dry and odor free, make use of products like foot powders, foot sprays and specially designed insoles.
Natural Foot Care

Feet Soak

Supplies Needed
  • 1 cup Lemon Juice
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Milk
  • Water
  • Tub
  • Fill a tub with warm water and put the lemon juice, cinnamon powder, olive oil and milk in it. Mix well.
  • Put your feet in the tub and let them soak in the water for 10-15 minutes.
  • Now, wash your feet with a mild soap, dry them with a towel and apply a foot care cream.
Foot Lotion

Supplies Needed
  • 1 tbsp Almond Oil
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Wheat Germ Oil
  • 12 drops Eucalyptus Essential/Fragrance Oil
  • Bottle (dark-colored)
  • Take a dark colored bottle and put almond oil, olive oil, wheat germ oil and eucalyptus oil in it.
  • Shake the bottle shake extremely well and store in a cool, dry place.
  • To use the lotion, just rub it into your feet and heels, after you have cleaned and dried them.
Foot Exercises

Foot Stretch
Sit on the floor and keep your legs stretched out in front of you. Now, loop a towel around your feet. While keeping your heels on the floor, pull the towel with both ends, using it to draw the middle of the foot and toes towards the body. Hold the position for 4-5 seconds and slowly come back to the starting position. Repeat the exercise 5-6 times.

Ankle Stretch
Stand straight, with your legs pressed together. Now, lift up one of your knees, as high as it is possible for you. Next, flex your ankle back as far as you can. Then, extend your leg forward, pivoting at the knee, and flex the ankle forward as far as you can. Repeat the exercise 5-6 times.

Marble Pick-up
Place about 20 marbles on the floor. Try picking up those marble with the help of the fingers of your feet. This exercise provides flexibility to your feet and also helps strengthens it.

To strengthen the muscles of your feet, cycling is one of the best exercises. When you indulge in cycling, almost all the muscles of your feet are put to work and get strengthened. It also helps ensure proper blood circulation to your feet.

Toe Pulls
Put a thick rubber band around your toes. Now, try to stretch the foot fingers as far as you can. You can repeat the process for about 10 times. Avoid the exercise in case of any injury in the fingers or toes.

Toe Raises & Toe Curls
Sit on the floor and keep your legs stretched out in front of you. Try to curl the fingers of your feet and raise the heels of feet. Hold the position for about 5 seconds and repeat 4-5 times.

  • Take care of your feet regularly to keep calluses under control. Use a pumice stone or an abrasive foot scrub to remove the dead and rough skin. If this skin is not removed it will become hard and thick and can become cracked and infected making walking difficult.
  • Give your feet a foot bath. Put a cup of marbles in the bath water and roll your feet around on top of them to stimulate the nerve endings. Pick up the marbles with your toes, flex and contract your feet and toes and then let go off the marbles. This will allow the arches and muscles of the feet to stretch.
  • Get a foot massage once in a while. Ask a loved one to take time off to give you a foot massage. At the same time you can have a foot massage, which is extremely relaxing. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to your lotion for a sensational treat for your feet.
  • The skin on the soles of your feet does not have any oil glands to soften them. So use a good moisturizer every day. Every night put a generous amount of cream on your feet before you go to bed and then pull on a pair of cotton socks.
  • Every time you buy shoes ensure that you get your feet measure. Measure your feet standing and not sitting. The shape of your feet changes with age as a result of the daily pressure and pregnancy. Your feet are likely to expand and lengthen with age.
  • Replace your shoes every 6 months as well-worn shoes lose their ability to support your feet properly. This can lead to feet, leg and back fatigue and problems. If your job requires you to be on your feet all day it is best you change your shoes every 6 months.

Homemade Foot Pedicure Scrub Recipe

Lime Foot Scrub

  • 3 Limes
  • 2 tbsp White Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
  • 15 Fresh Mint Leaves (chopped)
  • 5 drops Lime Essential Oil
  • Cut the limes into small pieces.
  • Put all the lime pieces into a blender and form a pulp.
  • Mix the lime pulp with almond oil, mint leaves and essential oil.
  • Your lime foot scrub is ready to be used.
Sugar Foot Scrub

  • ¼ cup Sugar (white or brown)
  • ¼ cup Sweet Almond Oil
  • 6 drops Orange Essential Oil
  • 1 drop Ginger Essential Oil
  • 1 tsp Powdered Cayenne Pepper
  • Take a plastic bowl and in it, mix together sugar and almond oil.
  • Add orange oil and ginger oil and mix well.
  • Stir in cayenne pepper as the final ingredient.
  • Your sugar foot scrub is ready to be used.
Peppermint Foot Scrub

  • 1½ cups Sea Salt
  • ¼ cup Sweet Almond Oil
  • 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • In a bowl, combine together sea salt and almond oil.
  • The mixture should hold well. If it doesn't and seems dry, add almond oil, by the tablespoon, till you get the desired consistency.
  • Add peppermint oil and lavender oil. Mix well.
  • Your peppermint foot scrub is ready to be used.
Brown Sugar Foot Scrub

  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Ground Oats
  • 2 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Almond Oil/ Olive Oil
  • First of all, you need to grind the oatmeal, in a coffee grinder or food processor, to a sandy consistency.
  • In a large bowl, put ground oats and add all the other ingredients. Mix them well, until the mixture resembles a paste.
  • Your brown sugar foot scrub is ready to be used.

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