by Juliet Cohen
Our feet is another important area to take care of apart from our face, hands and body. The feet area is easily prone to cuts, dehydration, line, rough surface, corns, skin cracks and joint pain.
Here are some tips you should try to apply daily or at least on alternate days. In the evening, pour some warm water into a basin, spacious enough to place your both foot onto it, amount of water about slightly more than half of the basin.
Add 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt, allow to dissolve in the water, then place both foot down. Rest for 20 minutes, you may take a short nap, watch your favorite television program or even have a facial masque on for relaxation and winding down. Another easier way is just by using plain warm water without any other ingredient.
To remove strong feet odor, add a few drops of tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil or lemongrass oil onto a basin of warm water and soak your feet for 20 minute daily instead of using salt. These essential oils contain antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties to overcome feet odor and heavy feet sweating problems.
Tip 1 : Use 5 drops of tea tree oil and ¾ basin of warm water, soak feet for at least 20 minutes. Pat feet dry.(substitute with eucalyptus, peppermint or lemongrass oil).
Tip 2 : Mix 2 drops of tea tree oil, 2 drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil and 1 drop of lavender oil into ¾ basin of warm water, soak feet for at least 20 minutes. Pat feet dry.
Tip 3 : If you are able to find lemongrass water (found in Asian countries), pour 1 cup of lemongrass water into ½ basin of warm water, soak feet for at least 20 minutes. Pat feet dry.
After any foot soak, remove your both foot from the basin. Dry your feet with a clean towel. Apply some moisturizing foot lotion and put on a pair of clean cotton socks. You may leave the socks on during your sleep or remove the socks when you go to bed, it is your choice.
This two simple routine allow you to recondition your skin, to maintain smooth healthy feet. Just remember this, soak feet to treat, relax or detox and moisturize your feet.
During the weekends or during your break, you can try a DIY refreshing feet treatment to repair and protect the skin at your feet. Skin over is can be easily damage due to wearing different types of shoes or too much walking. A very straight forward treatment, you would suggest that you give it a try.
Apply foot scrub onto feet and gently massage with light and circular movement , concentrating on rough and coarse skin. Rinse the feet with warm water. Pat dry.
Apply refreshing foot masque (try peppermint foot masque) to refresh or rich moisturizing foot masque (any foot masque rich in beauty oil or cocoa butter) onto feet covering your nails. Remember your nails need some conditioning too for easy trimming. Leave the masque on for 15 minutes. Wash the masque away with warm water, not forgetting to clean the nail corners. Pat the feet dry.
Use a foot spray to refresh your feet. Spray a few times onto feet to soothe and relax. Foot sprays are usually very cooling to the skin.
Apply foot lotion or foot cream, massage gently until lotion or cream absorb. You may apply some lotion or cream onto the nails area. Or for simple deep conditioning nail treatment, slightly warm up 1 tsp of olive oil, and gently rub onto each nails.
Wear a pair of thin cotton soaks if you are planning to walk around the house to prevent sticking the foot lotion or cream onto the floor.
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