Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Cooped up in shoes, socks and/or stockings, our feet are often a very neglected part of our bodies.  Although foot care is necessary year round, the spring and summer months are a time when our feet are exposed to the weather and for many of us, to water as well.  We can help you “put your best foot forward”.

Basic Foot Care

  • Wash your feet daily
  • Trim toenails straight across, and not too short.  An ideal length is no longer than the tip of your toe.  Don’t cut or dig at corners, – doing so may result in ingrown nails
  • Wear clean socks or stockings, changed daily.

Some people’s feet sweat more than others, and therefore are more prone to Athlete’s foot.  These simple tips may help …

  • Wear shoes made of leather or canvas or cloth, not synthetics.
  • Switch shoes from day to day. (If you’re on your feet at work, then switch during the day)
  • Use foot powder to help keep feet drier, and use Tea Tree Essential Oil (anti-fungal, anti-bacterial) when needed.
  • See your doctor if severe problems persist.

Give yourself a pedicure!

Giving yourself a pedi at least twice a month will keep your feet healthier and looking more attractive.  During the spring and summer months you may benefit from a weekly pedicure.  Consider our step-by-step instructions and treat your feet!

Soak away some stress:

  • Fill a small tub or footbath with warm water and drop in a ½ oz of your favorite Martha’s Body Bueno Foot Soak.  Add a tablespoon of olive oil (or Martha’s Body Bueno organic Body & Massage Oil) and soak your feet for about 10-15 minutes.  The salts will soften dry skin and calluses, while the olive oil moisturizes. An additional benefit is how good this feels!

Trim and care for cuticles:

  • Trim toenails, cutting them down to no longer than the tip of your toe.  Do not cut or dig into corners, this will help prevent ingrown nails.
  • Gently push cuticles back with an orange stick.  Never cut your cuticles – they are necessary for keeping bacteria from entering the skin.

Get rid of dead skin and calluses:

  • Rub a scrub (like Martha’s Body Bueno exfoliating Shea Sugar Scrub, of course!) onto the bottoms of your feet.  Leave the scrub on, and use any pumice-like surface to buff down calluses and slough away dead skin cells.  Rinse your feet with cool water.

Moisturize & Massage:

  • Thoroughly dry your feet with a nice absorbent towel.
  • Apply an invigorating foot cream such as Treat Your Feet & Legs Lotion.  Massage in long upward strokes, moving from your toes to your calves.

For the ladies …finish with nail polish if you like:

  • Apply a base coat and two coats of your favorite nail polish, followed by a top coat.  Let your nails dry for about half an hour, then rub a dab of Martha’s Body Bueno Body Oil  or Unrefined Organic Avocado Oil into your cuticles and nail beds to moisturize them.