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.