At this time of year when our feet are often on display it’s easy to become a little self-conscious about the state of our feet, especially if they’ve been hidden in shoes and socks for most of the year! If you have any serious concerns about the health of your feet it’s probably a good idea to see your GP or a podiatrist but with some common foot issues, they can be easy enough to treat yourself. At natural health star we have tried and tested lots of products and have picked out ones that have kind and effective ingredients. We think they work fantastically well and will leave your feet feeling happy, healthy and summer ready.
1.Dry Cracked Feet and Heels
Your feet carry the weight of your whole body and so it’s quite common that feet and heels can become dry and cracked, especially if you are on your feet a lot of the time. To heal dry and cracked skin, it’s really important to look after your feet on a daily basis so try to incorporate the following into your daily foot care plan:
– Use a foot file, pumice or foot scrub to gently exfoliate the feet, paying extra attention to heels. A build up of hard skin on the feet can become soggy when damp, which provides an ideal home for bacteria so it’s important to remove any. This foot scrub by The AromaTree Company contains apricot kernel seeds and a blend of lavender and peppermint organic essential oils that gently exfoliate dead skin cells away leaving feet fresh, soft and smooth.
– Apply a rich, moisturising cream to soften and protect the skin. Many foot creams that treat dry, cracked feet and heels contain Urea which is naturally present in healthy skin. It makes up about 7% of our natural moisturising factor (NMP) but in dry skin the amount of urea that is naturally present can be much lower. Creams that contain urea are very effective in moisturising dry, cracked skin and can help skin to become softer and more supple. This is because urea readily absorbs and retains water and so it can help the skin to retain moisture and rehydrate the skin.If you apply a moisturiser before you go to bed, keeping cotton socks on will allow your feet to breath and will really help the moisturiser to lock in to the skin. Click here to view our wonderful range of foot creams.
2. Smelly, Sweaty Feet
The combination of sweat and bacteria causes feet to smell. With the addition of a dark environment you have the perfect conditions for bacteria to thrive! Smelly, sweaty feet can be more common in teenagers and pregnant women because hormonal changes make them sweat more. You’re also more likely to have foot perspiration if you’re constantly on your feet. Here are some ways you can help to control smelly sweaty feet:
– Wash your feet each morning and evening and dry thoroughly
– Go barefoot indoors or wear open-toed, leather or canvas sandals outdoors as they allow your feet to breathe when the weather is hot. This will help your feet to stay cool and prevent them from becoming sweaty and smelly.
– If you suffer from smelly feet you can use a deodorant on the soles of the feet which will kill the bacteria before the smell occurs. There are ones specifically marketed for the feet but an underarm deodorant will do the same job. This fitpit natural and 100% organic deodorant is really effective and easy to apply on the feet.– Feet become smelly if sweat soaks into shoes and they don’t dry before you wear them again. It’s a good idea to rotate shoes on alternate days and only wear socks that contain at least 70% cotton to keep your feet dry.
3.Dry Splitting Cuticles
Dry/splitting cuticles can often be painful and they will need some extra care to help them to repair. A nourishing oil or balm like The Badger cuticle balm can be used on the cuticles and nails on the hands and feet. This balm contains Shea & Cocoa Butters that will nourish and repair dry and splitting cuticles. This balm can also be used for preventing blisters where feet rub and cause chaffing on sandals.
To read more about our entire range of foot care products you can visit the natural health shop and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us and one of our team will be only too happy to help.
Preet Gata-Aura is the co-founder of natural health star. She is a mum to 3 young boys and is passionate about health and wellbeing. She has a Biochemistry degree and has a particular interest in understanding how the ingredients we consume and use affect us. To read more about Preet click here.
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