May your feet take you where your heart wants to go.
You might be tucking your feet in socks and shoes for the summer, but soon you will be wearing sandals and wedges, so be prepared for the summers. Our feet have it tough; they keep us moving, yet we don’t care for them, causing cracked heels, dirty toenails and fungus. Ignoring your feet can be both unattractive and painful. Therefore, I have shared my secrets to having soft feet. So keep reading if you want to have happy feet.
What Causes Hard Feet?
The main cause of hard feet is corns and calluses. Corn and calluses are caused due to intermittent pressure, which means that anyone who walks, runs, or jogs will likely have corns and calluses on their feet. However, this doesn’t mean you have to restrict moving for life. Corn and calluses are rarely painful. Otherwise, foot corn is just hard skin that can be removed by visiting a podiatrist. If you are looking for an experienced professional to remove foot corn, check out thefeetpeople.com.au/locations/brisbane-city/ for more information.
How to Take Care of Your Feet?
While removing corn and calluses should be left to the professional, you can apply simple home cures for other foot problems. For instance, if you have cracked heels, my secrets to having soft feet can help.
1. Wear the Right Shoes
Your shoes have to do a lot about how your feet look. Wearing the wrong size shoe can cause corns and calluses. Moreover, high heels are the enemy of soft feet. Wearing high heels for too long can put unnecessary stress on your feet – especially on your heel and toes. If you have to wear high heels at work, take them off when you are at your desk to give your feet a break. When you get home, take off your heels and immerse your feet in warm water; this should prevent your heels from cracking.
Important: Wearing a large-sized shoe is just as harmful. An ideal shoe has half-inch of extra space for your feet after wearing socks.
2. Use Foot Scrub
You might hear this too often, but my recipe for foot scrub is different. You don’t need to buy expensive products because they have chemicals that will damage your feet in the long run. Plus, commercial foot scrubs aren’t as good as natural ones. To make a foot scrub, all you have to do is add 1 cup of regular sugar with one and a half cups of coconut oil mixed with a few drops of vanilla essence.
Give your feet a warm bath before applying this scrub. Gently rub the mixture on your feet and rub where necessary. After a while, rinse your feet with warm water, apply a lotion and wear socks while you sleep. Your feet will look beautiful in the morning and will smell great!
3. Vinegar Bath
Vinegar has antibacterial properties, and it can soften hard skin. However, most people make the mistake of directly applying vinegar to their feet without diluting it. Vinegar is acidic by nature, and it might do more harm than good if you don’t use it carefully. The best way to give your feet a vinegar bath is by adding 1 cup of any regular mouthwash plus 1 cup of warm water with 1 cup of vinegar.
The mouthwash should dilute the vinegar, and the warm water will help soften your feet. If you don’t have mouthwash, you can add a few drops of lemon followed by a few tablespoons of yoghurt. The lemon and the yoghurt should dilute the vinegar even more and create a tender lotion for your feet. Rinse your feet with warm water when you are done. The corn and calluses on your feet will soften after a few days of using this solution. You can then remove corns with a filer or a pumice stone.
4. Honey Foot Bath
Honey is known for its healing properties but did you know honey can soften your feet? Mix one cup of honey with a half cup of lemon juice. Sprinkle some Epsom salt and mix the solution with a spoon until the Epsom salt is completely dissolved. Give your feet a warm bath before applying the lotion. Or you can add 2 cups of warm water and a half cup of vinegar to the honey solution and put your feet in the solution for 30 minutes.
This home cure will soften your skin, remove calluses and prevent fungus. It’s an excellent foot bath, and I usually dip my feet in this solution after coming home from work. If you were wearing heels all day, your feet need a relaxing honey foot bath.
You can also apply this foot bath to your man’s feet so you can kill two birds with one stone. However, you’ll need to double the recipe and put your feet in separate baths.
5. Treat Cracked Heel
While the foot baths mentioned above can treat cracked heels, it doesn’t hurt to go the extra mile for your feet. Applying a foot mask before your sleep can easily and quickly remove the cracked heel. All you need to do is one 3 tablespoons of rice flour with an equal portion of honey. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and equal parts coconut oil. Apply this lotion on your feet and leave it on for 30-45 minutes.
Afterwards, rinse your feet with warm water mixed with a sprinkle of Epsom salt. Let your feet rest in this mixture for 10 minutes, and then rinse your feet with warm water to remove everything. Apply Vaseline or any moisturiser, wear your socks and go to sleep. Your feet will be soft in the morning.
Taking care of your feet is important if you want to wear sandals and wedges during summer. Care starts today, and you shouldn’t leave your feet unattended during winter. If all the home remedies aren’t working for you or take too much time, try this one: add 2 tablespoons of shampoo in warm water and rinse your feet with it. It isn’t as effective as the tips mentioned above, but it’ll do the trick if you want to go to the beach and don’t have enough time.