The feet are one of the most neglected body parts when it comes to hygiene. Also, some tend to pay attention to their feet only when they discover a foot problem.
This shouldn’t be the case because the state of our feet says a lot about our personality and like the old adage says, “Prevention is better than cure”.
So here are some sure fire ways to make sure your feet are healthy and good looking — this applies to both men and women.
CLEAN THEM REGULARLY
The feet get dirtier and smellier than any other part of the body and utmost attention should be given to them during a bath. Always make sure to wash gently with moisturizing or mild soaps, especially between the toes. If you don’t have a bath at night, wash your feet to keep them good and avoid taking dirty feet to bed.
If you have really dry feet or just want to keep them soft and moisturized, apply a moisturizing lotion, wear a clean pair of socks and go to sleep. This will lock in the moisture as you sleep, but be careful not to over-moisturize between your toes as this may lead to fungal infection.
FOOT WEAR CHOICE
Always have on weather-appropriate shoes and try not to have on the same shoes for more than two days in a row. Also, have your shoes cleaned and aired regularly as sweat and bacteria can easily build up in the shoes.
If you are using a public bathroom, or you happen to share your bathroom with other people, use flipflops to prevent getting infections. Also be wary of sharing your shoes as it’s easy to get infections from someone with infected feet whose shoes you share.
Yes, men can have pedicures too after all feet hygiene isn’t limited to women. You can splurge on expensive salon pedicures if your budget so allows or you could try a DIY pedicure at home.
- First massage your feet, kneading them in a circular motion
- Soak for 15 minutes or more in warm water with sea salts or essential oils like lavender oil or tea tree oil. Spices like sage and rosemary which have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties can also be added to the water.
- Scrub with foot file or pumice stone in a circular motion. Do not scrub too hard.
- Cut toe nails across to prevent the formation of ingrown nails, file the edges if you want rounder toe nails. Use an orange stick or cuticle pusher to push your cuticles back. Do not push to hard to prevent risk of fungal infection. Remember it’s optional.
Use hand sanitizer on your feet to prevent infections.
Use baby talcum powder or foot powder on your feet once in a while to prevent infections which thrive in moist areas. Powder can also to put in shoes to dry them out.
Change your socks daily, if you are very active, always have extra pairs with you.
Do not have nail polish on your toes for more than two weeks. Also have a nail polish hiatus to enable your toes to ‘breathe’.