The idea of soft, touchable feet is highly appealing, especially during the foot-baring summertime months. Lack of attention all those months can do an absolute number on your feet! Reversing the damage is definitely possible and can be achieved with a little bit of TLC. Real results can be achieved within weeks of adopting a dedicated regimen. Have you ever tried a spa quality foot bath? For many people, giving themselves foot baths on a regular basis is the key to how to get healthy, soft, touchable feet.
Soothing foot baths
When is the lаѕt time thаt you've trеаtеd уоur feet tо an all and out spa treatment? Rather than heading to the day spa, you can achieve the same results at home with regular warm soaks in a foot bath. You can go the do-it-yourself route and simply place your feet in a small basin of hot water. Or you can go the semi-professional route by investing in a foot bath. Some of the more popular models actually have a massage function that mimics the treatments you can expect at the spa. Helen of Troy promises the Ultimate Foot Bath and other models like Conair provide hydrotherapy you can access from the comfort of home.
No matter which route you decide to take, the first step is place your feet in the warm water and add some foot soak to dissolve in the water. After about ten minutes or so, any hardened skin on the bottom of your feet should have softened due to the effect of the water and moisturizers and emollients that are contained in the foot soak.
Make sure you have a pumice stone handy. Use it to gently rub over the bottom of your feet to slough away dead skin and other debris. Avoid making the mistake of being rough with your feet. Some people seem to think that you have to really scrub in order to get the dead hardened skin off of your feet. This cannot be farther from the truth. It won't increase the effectiveness of the pumice stone - it only causes you to experience foot pain. Also be aware that it may take several biweekly sessions with the foot soak and scrub routine for you to have perfectly smooth feet. Be patient - this is only expected after several months’ worth of neglect. After you've removed as much dead skin as possible, make sure to use a moisturizing lotion on your feet. Immediately place socks on your feet afterwards to prevent a mess.
The best time to exfoliate is right after a foot bath. What you're doing is getting rid of the dead, unsightly skin. If you go barefoot a lot, or if your feet are very dry and calloused, it will take a little longer to exfoliate. Be gentle, but firm. Don't ever treat уоur fееt ѕо harshly thаt they bесоmе overly red or sore. You can use an exfoliating scrub in your foot bath and scrub your feet with a washcloth, then use a pumice stone. Be sure you get all areas of your foot, especially the heels. Rinse your feet, pat them dry, and get ready for the next, soothing step.
Your feet deserve to be moisturized regularly. There are so many products available to help your feet stay moisturized and beautiful. On occasion try a cooling mint foot mask or an invigorating cinnamon foot mask. Apply a moisturizer after you soak and exfoliate your feet. There are so many to choose from. Olive or baby oil work great, or use your favorite foot cream.
Regular upkeep in between foot soaks
One of the most common mistakes is resorting back to neglect of your feet in between foot soaks. One of the most important methods of how to get soft feet is to keep your skin thoroughly hydrated at all times. Of course, hydration starts from the inside out. Make sure you're getting your standard 8 glasses of water per day. Staying hydrated might seem like a "no-brainer" when it comes to your overall health, but most people do not realize that when their body is dehydrated, the skin is one of the first organs the body will remove moisture from.