Do you have pretty feet? If you look down to your feet right now, you may find your feet to be not so feminine and pretty. Women do leave the feet last in beauty routines and pampering. Your feet deserve the same amount of time and gentle care that we lavish on our hands and our face. Do you know that by the age of forty, the average woman has covered 50,000 miles, which are roughly 8,000-10,000 steps a day!
It is never too late and you are never too old to start a beauty program for pretty feet. You can then slip on your open toed revealing heels or the summer sandals you love, and not worry if people are looking at the condition of your feet.
Proper foot care is not only for aesthetic reasons. With neglect, your feet are susceptible to many foot disorders, and those painful callus and bunions. Dry skin on your feet feels hot and prickly, and that is just too uncomfortable. If your feet are at the point where you have dry skin that appears white and cracked or ingrown toenails, you will want to start your new foot care program with a professional pedicure.
Even though this will leave you feeling like princess for a day, it is not an extravagance. Yellow toenails will benefit from professional buffing as well. They can be brightened and smoothed allowing you to maintain fresh new toenails at home. You will then be able to put feminine pretty feet into your beauty regime.
You have times when your feet ache and when your feet hurt. They really hurt. This is the time to introduce some lifestyle changes for your feet. Your feet are complex, one-fourth is an incredible 26 percent of the bones in your body all in that one little package, your feet.
The state and condition or your feet have quite an affect on you, your posture, gait, and how you walk. Have you ever tried to walk gracefully across a room when your feet are suffering from calluses, hangnails, or fallen arches?
You know how hard that is, your winced expression says it all but you do have company. The American Podiatric Medical Association reports that 1 in 4 Americans have suffered some foot distress in the past twelve months. Sixty nine percent of those sore feet never paid a visit to a podiatrist.
Out of the thirty percent of people who did go to the podiatrist, ninety percent reported that they were satisfied with prescribed treatment and found relief. So why is ninety percent of the population in foot pain?
APMA member Dr. Leslie Campbell has found that "the reason more people don’t visit the podiatrist is because most don’t realize how easy it is to perform or prescribe treatments that will relieve their pain and cure their problems.”
A podiatrist should be your first appointment for major foot problems, but we can defiantly help you get your feet ready for that appointment as well open high heels and summer sandals.
The following recipe will start you caring for your feet right now. It contains common household ingredients, and any that you do not have, are easy to find, and low in cost to buy.
You will be making two separate mixes, one for exfoliating, and one for deep moisturizing and softening. Prepare these the day you will use, as they do not contain any preservatives. You are going to love your pretty feet!
This is a mini spa for your feet! If your feet are dry and cracked, repeat as many times a week as time allows. The natural pumice will remove the dead skin cells. Do not scrub unmercifully to exfoliate.
Thoroughly wash your feet and then use your scrub to exfoliate and soften.
Smooth over each foot rubbing gently, include the back of your heals, the tops of all toes and the top area of your foot.
Rinse your feet well making sure to rinse all traces away from your toenails and cuticle.
Now apply all of the mixture spreading generously. Put on clean cotton socks and wrap each foot in a plastic bag, I find Glad freezer bags to work well. Tie closed at the ankles, you can use a large coated hair rubber band or those scrunchies we no longer wear.
Now for the spa treatment, soak your feet with the plastic bags on in warm water for fifteen minutes. Use this time to read or buff and file your fingernails. Or you can simply relax as your feet are receiving the pampering they deserve.
Because we are creatures of habit, if you start thinking that you need to give yourself two minutes a day for foot care, it will soon become habit. Thinking with two minutes does not seem like much time, so we are less likely to think we do not have time for it, after all it is only two minutes!
Even if your finances allow monthly pedicure treatments it is still important to give your feet a home pedicure and TLC between visits. For those of you who do not see a professional Esthetician, a weekly home pedicure is a must, plus you daily 2 minutes.
I stagger the time for my foot care, once at mid afternoon when I start to fade and wilt. It is refreshing and resets both myself and my tired feet. One minute is spent soaking in a foot bath, adding a foot soak product, bubble bath, or essential oils. I gently use a pumice stone the last half of the time.
Next I dry my feet well and gently push back cuticles with an oranges stick. Then a quick file of each toenail to remove any rough edges. I finish with a fast absorbing moisturizer and a light sprinkle of powder, a special treat to finish with.
My second time is right before bed, after a bubble bath or a quick shower, my feet will receive the filing, cuticle treatment, and moisturizer, using a heavier lotion, and then a pair of white cotton socks. The daily repetition of these steps will give you results. Add to this a full weekly pedicure and you are well on your way to pretty feet.
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