Treat Your Feet
Our feet support our body’s weight throughout the day yet they are often neglected. It’s important to look after our feet with a good footcare routine, but you don’t need an expensive pedicure at a day spa or salon. With some regular foot soaking, nail care, exfoliation and moisturisation, your feet will look and feel fantastic year-around. Here’s how to care for your feet to a salon-quality pedicure without the price.
Foot soaking has been around for thousands of years – an ancient Chinese tradition that many believe aids in health and promotes detoxification of the body. After a long day, there’s nothing quite like submerging your feet into a tub of warm water to soothe your tired, aching feet. Foot soaks can help soften hard skin and ease pain. From Epsom salts to essential oils, there are a range of ingredients that can work wonders – so show your feet some extra love with a gentle, warm foot soak for at least 20 minutes twice a week.
Healthy, strong toenails are essential to keeping your feet looking and feeling their best. Nails protect the tips of our toes so it’s important not to neglect them. Without regular maintenance, you could end up with an ingrown toenail or a fungal infection such as onychomycosis, which may cause discoloration, or thickening of the nail. Start by trimming your nails regularly – ideally every two to three weeks – with a nail clipper or small scissors. It’s best to trim your nails straight across. Don’t round off the corners or cut the nails too short as this increases the chance of them becoming ingrown. Once you have finished trimming, use an emery board to file your toenails.
Removing dead skin from your feet frequently will keep them in tip-top shape. Exfoliation will help keep calluses at bay and leave your heels smooth and soft. Exfoliate with a scrub specifically for feet, and massage it onto damp feet for a few minutes. Once your feet have been exfoliated, ensure they are dried thoroughly.
Most of us don’t moisturise our feet regularly but just like the rest of the body, the feet lose water, which can leave the skin dry, cracked and rough. This makes it easy for dirt and bacteria to enter the skin through heel fissures. To help nourish the skin and prevent deep, painful cracks, use QV Feet Heel Balm, which combines alpha hydroxy acid and rich moisturisers to help revive the appearance of rough heels. To help the balm absorb into the skin, apply it in the morning and at night before bed until the skin has improved. Those with healthy skin, should rub the balm into their feet two to three times a week to help maintain a healthy appearance.
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