*This is a collaborative post.
When it comes to our beauty regimes, one of the areas many of us neglect is our feet. Sure, we get the occasional pedicure when we know we are going to be showing them off in strappy sandals. But, other than that, for a lot of people, the feet are not the most important part of the beauty equation.
This is such a shame because beautiful feet can really improve your look and ensure that you can wear any shoes you like or not shoes at all, and still look amazingly polished and put together.
With that in mind, here are some top tips to help you beautify your feet:
Keep them clean
Beautiful feet are clean feet, but you know what? A lot of people really don’t take the time to clean their feet properly, giving them no more than a quick rinse. If you want your feet to be as clean and pretty as possible, start by using a body brush to really give them a good scrub and get rid of as much dead skin as possible. Then, very carefully wash them with soap and warm water, ensuring that you get in between the toes. Once they are thoroughly cleaned, you will need to ensure that you dry them just as carefully. If those spaces between the toes are not thoroughly dried, they could become the perfect breeding ground for yeast and foot fungus to thrive. I’m sure that is not something you want to see.
Candles for cracked feet
This may sound a bit weird, but hear me out! If you have cracked feet and you want to heal them as effectively as possible, one thing you can do is melt a candle. Mix the wax with a little mustard oil until it forms a thick paste, then apply this paste to your cracked heels and leave for a while. It will fill out those cracks and soften your feet so that cracking is less likely to be a problem in the future.
Rub with a pumice stone
Hard skin can make your feet look unattractive and uncared for. So, it is really important that you take steps to remove it as often as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to simply rub the skin with a pumice stone. This will soften and remove the dead skin very quickly. Once you’ve done that, apply a thick layer of foot balm or moisturizer and put your socks on. Leave on overnight and when you wake in the morning, your feet will be softer than ever before.
Don’t use the pumice stone too often or you could end up damaging the skin even more. It would also be pretty painful for you too. Once a week should be fine for most people, but if you are in any doubt at all, talk to a professional who should be able to assist you with finding the right balance for your feet.
Laser your fungus away
Foot fungus is pretty unattractive, but it is also a pretty common complaint, especially for people who do a lot of exercise where their feet are likely to get sweaty. There are lots of over the counter treatments and home remedies to deal with foot fungus. However, if yours is persistent and you want to get rid of it once and for all, you might want to consider Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment. This treatment will get to the heart of the problem, kill off any fungus growth and enable you to get the healthy feet you have always wanted once and for all.
Trim toenails regularly
A really easy step to beautify your feet is to trim your toenails regularly. It’s really easy for them to become ingrown, which can be very painful and not exactly pleasant to look at either. After clipping, you should be sure to file away any jagged edges. You may want to apply a layer of nail strengthener before your usual nail polish to help keep them in the best possible condition.
Wear supportive shoes
If you want your feet to look and feel as good as possible, then it is actually really important that you choose shoes that are as comfortable and supportive as possible. When shoes are uncomfortable they can rub and pinch, which can cause painful and unsightly blisters and sores. Not only that, but shoes that are not supportive are more likely to lead to issues such as bunions and fallen arches. These conditions can be painful and unsightly too. You deserve to look and feel your best from your head to your feet. So, think about making more sensible shoe choices, and you know what? Sensible shoes can be stylish too! So, there is no reason not to make a real effort to find shoes that really work for your feet.
Use foot powders
If you are the kind of person who is prone to sweaty feet, you can buy foot powder. You can apply this as and when needed to dry them out and prevent them from becoming infected. You can also use talc for the same purpose, but it tends to be messier than a dedicated foot powder, so may not be the ideal solution.
Just like you should exfoliate your face regularly, you should also do the same for your feet. Feet often work very hard and it is really easy for them to build up a lot of dead skin. By using a simple salt or sugar scrub a couple of times a week, you can keep on top of that dead skin and stop your feet from looking dull and lifeless. This will also help in preventing them from becoming scaly or hardened.
Get a foot massage
Whether you hit the massage parlour or learn how to do it yourself, regularly massaging your feet will help to prevent swelling. It’ll also increase blood flow to the areas so that your feet look much healthier. Of course, foot massages feel really good too! So, it’s a great way to get some relaxation time in and kill two birds with one stone.
You might think that your diet has very little effect on how good or bad your feet look. We all know eating a healthy diet can improve the appearance of your skin. Did you know it can also improve the appearance of your feet? For example, eating a diet that is high in vitamins and minerals such as biotin and vitamins B12, can help to strengthen your nails and improve their appearance. Getting plenty of water and avoiding junk will also help to avoid inflammation. In turn, this will stop your feet from swelling up. So, if you’re serious about beautifying your feet, try to eat as healthy as possible and keep the junk to a minimum.
Use a base coat
If you want to avoid having yellow toenails which look infected even when they are not, then it is really important that you apply a base coat before you apply nail polish. This is because nail polish is the prime cause of yellowing toenails. It is so easy to prevent by simply adding that single basecoat before you go ahead and add a splash of colour.
Apply a dark nail polish
If you want your toes to look as long and elegant as possible, dark nail polish is often better than lighter colours. Dark reds, purples, and even blacks are all great at making your toes look longer and thinner. However, you will need to take care to ensure that the polish is flawless if you want your feet to look as good as possible. That means using toe separators to avoid getting polish on your skin. Apply a base coat, two coats of varnish, and a topcoat, so that it does not chip easily. Ideally use a breathable polish. This will let oxygen get to your toes, so that they do not become brittle or discoloured over time.
Yes, hairy toes are a problem for many women and there is nothing wrong with that. If you don’t like the look, the final tip for how to beautify your feet is to wax them. Shaving often leaves stubble marks that will make it obvious what you have done. Toenail waxing is relatively quick and painless and it will last for a long time. So there is nothing to worry about if you have never waxed your toes before. However, if you really don’t want to wax, bleaching your toe hair, so that it is not visible is also a great option.
As you can see, keeping your feet happy, healthy, and beautiful, is not as difficult as you might have imagined. By making a few simple tweaks to your health and beauty regime, you can keep your feet in great condition come what may.