How to prepare our feet for the summer?
Huddled in the warm winter socks and shoes our feet remain hidden for a long time not only from the cold, but also from the eyes. With the reassurance that no one will notice, we often neglect the care for that part of our body. But when the summer approaches we find that our brief fling from the beauty routine had left many unaesthetic consequences. Let's see what they are and how can we fix them.
Thick socks and breathable shoes create a suitable environment for the development of fungi in the feet area. We will know them by the thickened or yellowed nails and the unpleasant odor.
Rubbing the affected areas with a clove of garlic is a very effective tool against fungal infections. But if the smell of the natural remedy seems no less disturbing to you than the already existing one, you can try another therapy such as immersing your feet in a basin of warm water, a little baking soda and a few drops of essential oil with antifungal properties (lemongrass, geranium, patchouli, tea tree, etc.). Keep in mind that fungi are quite unsusceptible, but with appropriate treatment you will manage to put some open toed shoes on before the end of the summer.
Our lower in vitamins winter menu is a prerequisite for reducing the strength of our nails, which makes them more brittle and prone to splitting. While we are waiting for the ripening of the first fruits, we can fill the food deficit in our bodies with nuts and sprouts and straighten our nails locally with cosmetic products containing vitamin E and pro-vitamin D. In addition, the natural oils in the nail lotions will soften the calloused cuticles and will facilitate the procedure for their removal.
Not only the freezing temperatures outside but also the lack of a smooth transition between them and the home microclimate, adversely affect the feet. The skin becomes noticeably rough, dry, and cracked in the heel area. As a start it is good to exfoliate our feet in order to remove the dead cells debris. The ways of doing this are numerous - with a pumice stone or a file, using handmade scrub or a cosmetic product. Once we facilitate the access of nutrients to the deep layers of the skin, we can apply foot cream, which will moisten, soften and regenerate it.
The calluses are one of the skin problems that we often stumble into when we take off the rough closed shoes. They usually disappear by themselves when we eliminate the cause, but we can show initiative, as well applying some folk recipe. Our grandmothers would advise us to soak our feet in warm water for a few minutes every night to soften the skin and then to put a lemon slice fixed with bandage on the affected areas.
Luckily, our negligence doesn’t leave irreversible marks on the health and the beauty of our feet. However, it is better not to save our care for them during the winter, so we can meet barefoot and carefree the first summer sun rays.