Face & Body Care
Your Summer Foot Care 101 with SBC
We tend to forget about the hardest working parts of our bodies and they are often last in line to enjoy a good pamper. We expect them to take us everywhere (sometimes in the most unsuitable of footwear) and it’s only if we get a blister or other problem that we even think about what’s happening down at floor level.
Over time, they can provide support for roughly hundreds of tons of pressure. So why wait until there is a problem to pay attention to your feet?
Below are five ways to treat your feet, and why they are so important….
- Get a pedicure
As well as the obvious – leaving the salon with soft, smooth, beautiful feet, receiving regular pedicures allows the pedicurist to potentially detect early signs of problems, such as corns, bunions, and fungal infections. These conditions are easier to treat when they are identified in their earlier stages. A regular pedicure also decreases the chances of infection; the clipping, cutting, and cleaning of toenails prevents them from growing inward and causing infection. The elimination of dirt and bacteria from your feet will also help prevent nail infections and foot odours. It is also important to keep toenails healthy because they protect toes from trauma. We would recommend a professional pedicure once a month.
- Basic foot care
Of course, you can do a pedicure at home yourself once a month and just go to a professional periodically. That’s completely up to you. Just make sure you wash and dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes. Sweat can accumulate and increase your chances of getting athlete’s foot, which can be extremely uncomfortable. Keep your nails trimmed short so that they don’t rub against your shoes… but don’t trim too short, as this can lead to ingrown toenails.
- Preserve skin’s moisture
Given the amount of work that they do, it’s very easy for them to become dehydrated. Use a moisturising cream, like our Rosemary & Eucalyptus Foot Cream to keep the skin on your feet soft and flexible. Moisturised feet are less likely to get blisters, cracks, or other foot problems. It is also important to keep your cuticles moisturised to prevent nails from growing out with ridges or split ends which can cause the nails to lift out of the nail beds.
Exfoliation, or removal of dead skin cells, prevents the cells from accumulating and causing bunions or corns, which can be uncomfortable and painful. The removal of the dead skin on your feet, especially on the heel, encourages new cell growth which creates smoother feet. Our Rosemary & Eucalyptus Foot Scrub will gently buff away dead skin to leave skin soft and supple, we have also discovered using the Foot Scrub as a Foot Mask to be very beneficial. Simply massage the scrub in, and leave it on your feet for 5 minutes, this allows the Salicylic Acid to work its exfoliating magic, then rinse.
- Increase blood flow
Due to the location on our body, our feet can struggle with circulation and become puffy.
Blood flow to the feet is important, as they require oxygenated blood just like every other part of your body. You can keep your feet healthy by staying mobile; sitting or standing for too long can cause puffy ankles and aching legs. When possible, try to curl your toes and rotate your ankles in order to prevent the joints and muscles from becoming stiff.
Your feet will take a lot of punishment over the years, so provide them with the best care you can in order to avoid ailments and pain that make it difficult to walk or even stand.