Treat your Feet!
Treat your Feet!
Since you’ve scaled down your pedi routine with your feet pretty much confined to shoes and boots for the winter, by now they can use a little (or a lot) of TLC!
Pedi on demand:
There’s little or no reason to keep up with salon pedis when your feet are pretty much under cover, but vacays and special occasions that call for open-toed shoes can be a reality check. Pedi to the rescue – if you keep an imPRESS Press-on Pedicure on hand, your feet can be in show off shape in minutes, no glue, no smudging, no chipping and no dry time!
Athlete’s foot, blisters and rough calluses are more common when your feet are stuffed into heavy socks and warm footwear. To prevent these bummers, dry your feet and between your toes thoroughly after bathing so skin is completely dry. Also alternate footwear so there’s not as much ongoing pressure in specific areas, and let wet shoes and boots dry thoroughly before the next wear. If you’re prone to sweaty feet, sprinkle foot powder between your toes and in your socks before stepping into shoes or boots. If a blister doesn’t hurt, leave it alone or cover it with a bandage or moleskin.
Shoes should feel comfy from the start, so if you need to “break them in”, don’t buy them. The back of the shoe should be snug enough so your heel doesn’t slip around, but it shouldn’t pinch or feel real tight. The toe box needs to be wide enough to accommodate your toes; toes should have some wiggle room, with a thumbnail’s width between the tip of your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Material wise, leather and suede are flexible and breathable, so there’s more “give” if your feet swell throughout the day. Inside the shoe, a good insole can minimize sweating and foot odor, aid shock absorption, boost athletic performance, and more.
Cold weather and low humidity can really zap moisture from your feet, which can lead to itchy skin and callouses. To compensate, avoid overuse of soap and hot water, and follow showering or bathing with a slathering of a rich foot cream or petroleum jelly. Disposable foot sock masks can practically work miracles, and in as little as 15 minutes. To try: KISS Foot & Toenail Mask Socks, $2.99, infused with hydrating deep moisturizing shea butter, nutrient rich macadamia oil and soothing lavender. Who needs to visit a pricey foot spa when you can get comparable results at home!