It’s easy to take our feet for granted. They’re just there, putting up with a host of challenges, from being jammed into high heels and elevated to unnatural heights to smothering inside sweaty socks or tight nylon pantyhose. While suffering those indignities, our feet take hundreds of tons of force impact just during an average day of walking.
They’re too important to overlook, though: With some 26 bones and a complex framework of muscles, tendons and ligaments, your feet absorb the impact of your full body weight with every step, keeping you balanced and upright in the process. The best way to keep your feet healthy is a simple regimen of daily care that will help keep the skin, bones and muscles of your feet functioning properly.
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WASH YOUR FEET DAILY
Don’t forget to get between your toes. Use a washcloth carefully and regularly to clean your feet and then be sure to dry them completely, again, including between the toes. This wash-and-dry system lessens problems such as athlete’s foot, odor, bacteria and fungus.
INDULGE IN A SOAK
Regularly soaking can be relaxing as well as help keep your feet healthy. There are a number of fancy footbaths out there, but you really just need a bucket of warm water for a good soak. You can add some olive oil and few drops of scented essential oil of your choice (rose essential oil will be great) for additional luxury.
After washing your feet be sure to moisturize. Nothing fancy is needed: basic lotions and creams are fine. If you have serious scaling or dry skin try an overnight moisturizing routine. Simply coat your feet in cocoa butter, and then put on a comfortable pair of cotton socks. The socks will hold the moisture against your skin and in the morning, the skin on your feet will be much softer.
WEAR THE RIGHT SHOES
Your feet should not hurt—ever. Tight shoes can distort toe shape and cause painful foot growths. If you wear high heels, choose heels that are wide, stable and no higher than two inches and alternate the shoes you wear each day. That may mean having two pairs of your favorite everyday style, but shoes need time to air out to avoid triggering foot odor or infections.
TAKE A WALK
The muscles in your feet are just like any other muscles – they need exercise to stay strong. You can’t really lift weights with your foot muscles, so the best way to exercise them is to just take a walk. It doesn’t have to be a long walk, but taking one every day will keep those muscles firm and keep your tendons and ligaments flexible.
FIND THE PERFECT SOCKS
Socks can be easy to overlook, but they’re an integral part of your daily foot care routine. Not only do they protect your feet from wear and tear, they absorb and wick away moisture. Socks act as a barrier between your feet and your shoes, reducing blisters and calluses. For day-to-day wear, use socks made with natural fibers like cotton or wool that are absorbent and will wick moisture away from your feet to the breathable portion of your shoes.
After a long day, there’s nothing better for your body and mind than a spa visit. Skip the pricey trip and turn your bathroom into soothing sanctuary in your own home. Your bathroom offers a private space where you can take a relaxing shower or warm bath to de-stress. All it takes is a few more elements to evoke the spa-like atmosphere.
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Scents are famous for boosting one’s health and mood. For instance, the easiest and fastest way to wake our brains up in the morning is showering with peppermint-scented soap. Need a good night’s sleep? Lavender and jasmine lotions will surely come in handy. Keep some essential oils or body care products within reach for a quick spa-like soak. The addition of scented candles or diffusers also enhance your bathroom experience and will put you at ease.
To maximize your relaxation, start with neutralizing the things that might stress you out first. Is there loud noise from construction down the street or neighbors? Include white noise or soothing music in your bathroom to cover up sounds you don’t want. You can create a meditation playlist on your phone and play it through a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. With such a calming backdrop, you’ll be able to take a relaxing soak as long as you want.
When you’re ready to leave your spa-like bathroom, take that relaxation with you by surrounding yourself with softness. Make sure you step onto a plush bath mat or into fluffy slippers. Towel off from a bath or shower with an extra cozy towel and wrap yourself in a robe to keep you nice and warm. If you’re going to splurge anywhere in your bathroom, update your towels and bath rug first.
CREATE A MOOD
Color is the main ingredient for setting a peaceful mood. Spas tend to use light colors for a calming effect, giving the space an organic feel. Pale blues or more neutral, earthy colors will give the effect that is the visual equivalent of a long, cool drink of water. When you’re on a budget, paint is a great way to make a big impact at low cost. Accent with a few houseplants because greenery will give life to the room.
What’s more luxurious than a wooden bathtub tray? It’s got space for your book, your loofah, a candle — everything you need for the relaxing home-spa night of your dreams. Take your bath experience to the next level with a glass of wine or champagne. This idea has been in vogue for a while. If you take a trip to your local home improvement store, you’ll find there are many different types of tub trays available on the market so you can find the one right for you.
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