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Our feet take an enormous toll -- carrying us everywhere, stuffed in footwear that may not be good for them and take a regular pounding on a constant basis - yet we don't seem to give them the care and comfort they need. Taking good care of feet and nails is important, not just from an aesthetic point of view but also from the health aspects as well as the mental benefits of good food care.
Some people are lucky to have soft feet that don't need much care but many others have a tendency towards dryness and the cracking and scaling that both summer and winter can cause. Even if feet are naturally in good shape, taking care of them is important so that they look and feel healthy. Here are some ways to do this, and note that diabetes need to consult their doctors about footcare:
Keep feet clean and dry. Moisture is a good friend to the feet in terms of hydration but the moisture that sweating causes can risk bacterial growth or fungus in the feet. After working out or anytime the feet sweat, wash the feet and air them out before changing into clean socks and/or shoes.
Cotton socks are best. Cotton allows the feet to breath. And while many of us love a pair of killer heels, keep them to a minimum where possible -- which can be a tough one for many of us. High heels cause back and even neck pain, as well as hammer toes, bunions and more.
Cut toenails frequently or as needed. Long toe nails can cause injuries and discomfort in shoes. Long toenails will crack and split. Use a nail cutter, and cut straight across to avoid ingrown nails. Keep the cuticles pushed back. Buying a nail care set from a drug store is a good idea, they range in price from about five dollars to more than thirty dollars for a professional set.
There are great natural ways to take care of your skin. Soak fee in warm water for at least fifteen minutes at home using essential oils like peppermint, rosemary, lavender, or lemongrass. These hydrate the skin and lemongrass has cleaning properties. For a natural exfoliant, use sugar. Epsom salts also provide a great preliminary soak.