Summertime sandals and flip-flops are open and breezy. They’re perfect for beating the summer heat and enjoying the outdoors without sweaty feet. However, summer footwear can often leave feet severely dry. Wrapping your feet in warm, cozy socks and shoes this fall is a welcome relief, but if we put our dry summer feet into socks and shoes, we’re likely to attract the foot fungus that causes stinky feet. The changing seasons is also a great opportunity to pamper your feet and make them healthy again.
Tucking your feet away in thick socks and fall boots to protect them from the cold is only the bare minimum when it comes to proper fall foot care. Just because they’re hidden away does not mean you can do away with a foot care routine. Especially if your feet had been put through the wringer over the summer, the fall season is a great time for recovery. Plus, we need to prepare for winter, when many people’s feet will be covered day and night - the perfect lifestyle and breeding ground for stink-causing bacteria. Prevent odor with a little foot-focused TLC.
The right products are any products that will help you ensure the proper moisture and exfoliation of your feet. Get a pumice stone and keep it in the shower. Use a daily moisturizer on your feet, but it’s also smart to use a night cream on your feet. No, really. The right nighttime foot cream will help your feet recover, moisturize them, while keeping bacteria and fungus from getting a foothold, causing odor.FOOT SENSE all-natural skin therapy cream hydrates, softens, repairs, and protects dry, cracked skin.
Once or twice a week, you should exfoliate your feet using a foot file or pumice stone. Concentrate on areas of your feet that feel the roughest and are flaky, such as your heel, the side of your big toe, and the ball of your foot.
A few times a week, soak your feet in warm water. Add your favorite essential oil to complete the foot spa experience. This will not only help relax your feet (and you), it will also keep them softer and improve blood circulation in your lower extremities.
After exfoliating and soaking your feet, and also before putting on socks and shoes and before going to bed, don’t forget to apply lotion to your feet to keep them hydrated. Make it a lotion that will absorb, rather than something that is oily and will capture dirt and debris. Massage them, too, while you’re at it. Or have your significant other give you a foot massage. If you can afford it timewise and moneywise, why not treat yourself to an occasional foot spa. It’s not just meant to be relaxing and pampering. It really is a way to get your feet healthy and to maintain proper foot care.
Your nails won’t be on display much, anyway, so the fall season is an excellent time to let them rest with less exposure to the chemicals of pedicure products. You can still get regular pedicures, but consider switching some of them out for foot care, like reflexology, massages, and soaks. If you are feeling adventurous, you might try a peel. It will clear all the dry skin away, leaving you with a soft, supple sole that’s perfect for shoe-life.
Proper fit, comfort, and adequate protection from the cold are the most important factors to consider when choosing the right fall boots. But your footwear can still be stylish, with a bit of height even, as long as they don’t cause your feet any pain.
Cracked heels and blistered soles are a common problem during fall and winter. You can easily avoid these, and other foot issues, with proper foot care. Avail yourself of some foot care essentials, including foot cream, foot file or pumice stone, medicated foot powder (if your feet tend to sweat a lot when wearing socks and shoes), blister/foot balm, and even a vibrating foot bath. Your feet will thank you for all the attention and care.
The right nighttime foot cream will help your feet recover, moisturize them, while keeping bacteria and fungus from getting a foothold, causing odor.FOOT SENSE all-natural skin therapy cream hydrates, softens, repairs, and protects dry, cracked skin.