Put your best Foot forward this Christmas! | Sunday Observer

Put your best Foot forward this Christmas!

Dazzling gowns and glamorous sarees, elegant accessories and trendy, sparkly shoes - a combination designed to mesmerise the beholder – but quite often this glamour is marred by neglected feet and toes peeping out from those oh so fabulous shoes. Chipped nails, cracked feet, and so many other factors can spoil that glam and stunning look. This is because we tend to forget and neglect out feet though they are a very important part of our being.

So, this festive season put your best foot forward and go glam on your feet. What’s more, make a New Year resolution to never let your feet get neglected ever again - promise your feet you will truly care for them like the rest of your body.

To help you with your feet pampering we bring you a few tips in this edition of Youth Observer. There are also many DIY foot care processes if you have no time for professional foot care treatment.

Some of the best products for foot care are homely products.

Take baking soda for instance. It really helps your poor, tired feet. Add two tablespoonfuls of baking powder to a basin of warm water and enjoy a relaxing soak for half an hour. You can add bath salts if you wish for the added benefits of softening your skin and easing your muscles. Keep repeating the process for better and beautiful feet.

Epsom salt, a magnesium sulphate compound, is often used in hot baths and foot soaks as a stress reliever. Fill a bath, tub or basin with enough warm water to cover your feet and add ½ a cup of Epsom salt to it. Soak your feet for half an hour or one hour twice weekly. At the end of the soak gently exfoliate your heels and feet with some Epsom salt and then rinse it off and moisturise.

The downside of these Epsom salt baths is that they can cause dry skin on your feet. So, be sure to MOISTURISE your feet after an Epsom salt soak to prevent dry skin.

Cracked feet and heels are one of the commonest problems we face where feet are concerned. Some of the commonest causes of cracked heels are cold weather, dehydration, insufficient water intake and lack of moisturising.However, there are many remedies for cracked heels both professional and DIY.

Using too much of hot water can be another cause of cracked heels.

A simple banana will help you no end with cracked heels. Whip up a ripe banana and apply the paste to your feet (make sure you apply it evenly) and keep it on for ten minutes. Rinse off. For better results do this once a week.

The simple cooking ingredient vinegar is ideal to soften dead, rough and calloused skin on your feet. It also has antifungal properties and also acts as a detoxifier. Fill a basin with one cup vinegar and two cups of warm water. If necessary keep adding one part vinegar and two parts water till basin is full. Soak your feet for 15- 20 minutes. This is also helpful to treat the fungal infection known as athlete’s foot.

Apple cider vinegar can also be used with warm water to soak your feet.

Honey is good for your feet. It acts as a moisturizer and has anti bacterial properties and is ideal for you to use in foot soaks. Put half a cup of honey and two tablespoonfuls of apple cider vinegar into a basin or tub of warm water and top the water with slices of lemon and soak your feet for 15-20 minutes.

Lemon is an exfoliating agent and the acid in this citrus foot will also help brighten your feet and nails. Lemon can be combined with ingredients such as olive oil, brown sugar and honey to make foot scrubs, soaks and packs. Lemon foot soaks will detoxify your whole body.

Bromodosis or smelly feet are caused by bacterial growth in the skin as a result of sweat building up in your feet. This is a very common medical condition.

Keeping your feet clean is essential to the prevention of foot odour. When cleaning pay especial atten tion to the spaces between your toes for any wetness here can cause bacterial growth leading to odour. Clip nails short and clean them. Apply an anti fungal spray or medicated foot powder to you r feet once a day. Avoid wearing tight shoes and make sure your shoes are dry. Wet shoes can lead to bacterial growth. Exfoliate hard, dead skin or else these patches will become soggy, causing bacterial growth.These are a simple processes to help you put your best foot forward. So, go for it and enjoy the Season knowing that your feet are as glam as the rest of you.