Your Feet Need a Homemade Pedicure

Homemade pedicure or Salon Pedicure - Pamper Yur feet

Pampering Your Feet

When you take care of yourself, you think of skin care like your face or simply using the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair. But nobody seem to think that your feet also need the care like any other body parts. Feet often get ignored in the caring process. It is when your feet hurt that you get the reminder.

Your feet need to be pampered and cared for and what a better way to give yourself a homemade pedicure or head down to your local pedicure salon. Push these hard and unwanted chores for an hour or two and take the time for a homemade pedicure. If you are going to make time for it, the weekend is probably the best time.  During the holidays or time off, take the time to give yourself a pedicure too. This is the moment to get pampered and you deserve it.

Why You Need A Homemade Pedicure

But if you are at home, a homemade pedicure can be very relaxing and you will enjoy it. For those heading to the salon, a pedicure will also include the proper care your feet need starting with a thorough cleaning. Your feet will feel soft, relaxed and healthy.

For those of you who aren’t women or metrosexual, a pedicure is a beauty treatment for your feet – it involves cleaning and improving their appearance with a set of steps.

Your nails are clipped and filed, the callus (hard skin) is taken care of, these days many places also offer a foot rub and leg massage all the way up to the knees. In the end, your toenails are painted with a shade you like.

Taking good care of your feet is imperative. Wrong, uncomfortable shoes, etc can leave your heels cracked and your feet with calluses and corns, ingrown toenails. If left untreated, dirt can get accumulated and make the condition worse. A homemade pedicure will take care of all this.

How to choose the right one

If it is your first pedicure session or one after over six months, go for a more elaborate treatment. The treatments involves the massage of your feet and legs. The cleaning process will be longer too. Though it will be a bit expensive, it will give your feet the care they’ve been craving for. If you regularly keep your feet primed and proper, you can opt for a basic pedicure every couple of months just to pamper them once in a while.

Some other types include pedicure to remove tan wherein a pack is applied to your feet in addition to the cleaning and massage. If your feet are dry and in dire need of moisture, then a pedicure with paraffin wax is done to lock in the lost moisture and make them soft. If you suffer from pain in your feet, then an elaborate massage using hot stone therapy can be done. Choices are aplenty depending on what kind of treatment you are looking for. So keep your feet’s condition in mind when you opt for a pedicure.

These days, many people opt for a fish pedicure where they nibble on your toes and eat off the dead skin cells. But there is a high risk of infection involved as it is not possible to clean the tub completely with the fish in it and this can give rise to bacteria. Also, the fish need to be changed from time to time which may not be followed everywhere. it is better to steer clear of such a pedicure than get infected with something. The beauty treatment has been banned by various salons abroad.

Though a salon treatment sounds fancy, it is always better to check if the place is hygienic enough or else you can end up with feet infection.

Make sure the tub in which you soak your feet in is clean and the water is fresh. The instruments used for the pedicure are sterilized and the towels aren’t used and old.

How to do it at home

If you do not wish to go to a salon, you can even give yourself a pedicure at home. Below is a comprehensive homemade pedicure guide.

Fill a small tub with warm water and add a few drops of olive oil or any essential oil in it. Now soak your feet in it for at least 15 minutes. This will help soften your skin especially the calluses. Next, dry them with a towel and apply cuticle cream on your toes and use a cuticle pusher to push them back. You can use a toothpick to clean your nails also.

Using a pumice stone or brush, gently scrape off the dead skin cells by rubbing it on your feet but in the same direction. Wash your feet again and then apply a moisturiser and massage your feet for as long as you like.

Now for your nails, first cut them with a nail clipper – be careful to not cut too deep or too much around the edges. Next, file them in the desired shape and remove your old nail paint with a nail polish remover. Apply a base coat (transparent nail polish) and let it dry. Choose a shade you like and put the first coat. After it dries off, apply the second coat.

You will have happy feet and they will feel healthy!

Get Fit With Strong Healthy Feet With Exercises

We all know feet can be neglected and beaten with our day-to-day activities. Action or inaction can cause serious bad habits, injuries and dysfunctional mechanics if you’re not taking care of them. These injuries lead to other injuries such as knees and back. Knee pain can be a show stopper in any kind of activities while back or lower back pain will definitely halt your daily routine. Come into play the need get strong and healthy with feet exercises.

Strong Healthy Feet With Exercises Start With A Focus On Your Foot Muscles

Two Types of Muscles In Your Feet

Should come up with an imbalance in your musculature or mechanic, you can expect your range of motion will decrease resulting in alteration in your running style and your walking gait. Those will be the pre-cursor to injuries much more serious and trigger pain such as plantar fasciitis.

There are two types of muscles in your feet. Those two types of muscles are extrinsic and intrinsic muscles.

Extrinsic Muscles

The extrinsic foot muscles are connected from the foot to the leg. There is only on attachment between the two. What these muscles will do is to move your foot relative to your lower leg. As an illustration of what we are saying; the three calves muscles are all extrinsic.

Intrinsic Muscles

What makes the difference between the intrinsic foot muscles and the extrinsic foot muscles is that the intrinsic have both ends attached inside the foot. With the intrinsic muscles they operate by moving one portion of the foot relative to other foot joints. The perfect example of a intrinsic muscle is the abductor digiti minimi which is tasked to move your pinkie toe out and away from the other toes.

Muscles will feel squeezed and shut down, when you put them in a shoe for a prolonged period of time. They will atrophy rapidly if you don’t get them to work and get the blood flowing in them. As an example, an inactive intrinsic muscle that has all the required motor skills will likely atrophy while the extrinsic (larger muscle) one will automatically compensate and work the double of its normal work load. As it prolongs the extrinsic muscles will will be overused to the point where pain and tension will develop resulting in further complications.

The Importance of Exercising Your Feet

The importance of having strong and healthy feet with exercises is always dependent of a few factors. The first one that comes to mind is if you have a foot injury already or a disability preventing the use of your feet. But if you can stand do any or these actions which are: standing on your two feet, walk, run, jog and jump then you can do foot exercises daily and it won’t take much of your time. In fact, you can do them on a break at work or even while sitting at your desk. Not exercising your feet can result in a simple incident like an ankle sprain.

When looking at the muscle groups  of your feet, it is surprising to see that they make 25% of the whole body muscles mass. Ignoring them will result in the loss of strength and their function in your feet as well as ankles. Not doing any feet exercises is like abandoning any upper body workouts and exercise.

When establishing a workout program for your feet. you need to incorporate exercises that will innervate the intrinsic foot muscles. The innervation will bring back the length of the lower leg muscles. This is extremely important to avoid further complications later on. What is important to remember if the foot muscles are strong it will instill proper foot mechanics, gait patterns, ankle stabilization, and whole-body balance. Strong and healthy with feet exercises revolves directly around these fundamentals.

We often think of our toes as part of our accessories to our feet. You need to remember that your toes are designed to have the same dexterity as your fingers. The toe joints can do the same functions which are flexing, extending, abducting and adducting.  As simple these motions are they are essentials for the proper foot mechanics to take place. In addition, when attempting to move one toe by itself, you will find it is very difficult to do without moving the adjacent toes.

Strong Healthy Feet With Exercises – Types of Exercises

The importance of starting a strengthening program for your feet to improve balance and agility can’t be emphasized enough. Once you start, it continues until you feel and see that you have recovered the motor skills lost over time. From that point on, you can perform movements proving you are strong and fit on your feet.

Let’s look at some of the foot exercises, you can easily do young or old.

Toe Lifts

Toe lifts are very simple and very useful. With your two feet flat on the ground, try lift your big toe repeatedly without lifting the other toes. Continue the repetitions until you can do it continuously in a fluid motion.

Strong healthy feet With Exercise - Toe Raise Exercise

Toe Raise Exercise

Toe Abduction

When our feet are snug into our shoes, they don’t get the movement and space needed to move and keep their strength. This restrain results in the toe abductors to be weak while the adductors become tight. With that limitation on your toe abductors, and the tightness adductors it will prevent your toes to spread wide naturally.

To exercise your toe abductors stand up barefoot and put the weight on your heels. Now, lift your toes. Once lifted spread your toes away from each other without lifting them off the ground. Continue until the movement is fluid.

Stretching the Toe Flexors

In order to stretch the toe flexors, stand up and reach one leg behind. Placing the top of the foot on the ground, relax and stretch your ankle. You may experience some cramping. If it is the case, take a break and return to the stretch. The aim for this exercise is to work yourself up to holding 1 minute on each side.

Strengthen Bottom of your Feet

Strengthening the bottom of your feet may sound lame, but believe me it is not. For strengthening the bottom of your feet, you can use pebbles on the ground. This is simple, all you have to do is pick up the pebbles with your toes, one by one. One other exercise seen in therapy is the use of a towel you scrunch with your toes. As you are doing it, try to feel the muscle at the bottom of your feet, you’ll sense the working muscles easily.

Foot Circles and Points with Therabands

Therabands are often by physiotherapists in rebuilding strength in our limbs. It is a great way to strength shoulders, wrists, and arms but it can also do the same for your feet. The Therabands will help improve the range of motion. In today’s age, many foot problems happen due to a limited range of motion and flexibility in the ankle and surrounding muscles. Using a door handle you can go around your ankle, then tie the two ends together at the handle. With your foot in the loop, you can exercise the range of motion in every direction while the Theraband provides the required resistance.

Strong Healthy Feet With Exercises - Theraband Exercises

Theraband Exercise

Note: Each color represent a different amount of resistance. Start with a low resistance and increase as it becomes easier. Using the foot flex-and-point exercise and foot circles, you will be able to exercise many muscles in your feet and ankles and the range will greatly improved. This is useful when you suffer a sprained ankle.

As your range of motion increases take the Theraband and loop it around your foot. Have your foot pull on the band to create enough challenging tension, and do 20 points and flexes, followed by 20 circles clockwise, and 20 circles counter clockwise. You will definitely feel the muscles working. Then repeat for the other foot. If you find one foot much weaker, repeat on the weaker side one more time, until you get both sides evenly strong.

Walking Barefoot

When the time is appropriate, walking barefoot will actually strengthen your foot muscles. Being barefoot, you feel the ground differently and your balance will actually improve. Your light foot strike will also improve. Again, try to be selective on the type of ground you walk bare feet on.

Walking Barefoot

Heel Raises

Heel Raises are actually a really good exercise for your feet, ankle and your arches. Standing up on a flat floor, facing a wall at approximately 2 feet from it, raise your heels together so at the end of the movement, you are tippy-toe. This exercise can be done also on one foot for more challenge. It can also be done on the edge of a step preferably on the bottom step of your stairs. Please ensure you hold on to the railing, if you are doing this exercise.

Revitalize Your Feet

Finally, we wouldn’t be honoring our web site’s aim, if we didn’t take the time in recommending to revitalize your tired and beaten feet. After strengthening and stretching your feet, you can massage them and also soak them followed by an application of a nice foot cream.

Ball Massage

Exercising the arches of your foot is a great way to prevent plantar fasciitis. There are several ways to work the plantar fascia. The most popular one is with a ball, you can roll with your arch. It will apply that pressure needed and it will massage the fascia. Anything round will do, but you can get the right size ball and texture right here.

Healthy Strong Feet With Exercises - massage Rollersl for Arches

Massage Rollers for Arches

Summary

We want to re-emphasize the fact that strengthening your feet muscles are essential for a healthy living. Sore feet can brutally put a stop to your activities. It is easier, if you can prevent injuries by doing all you can to prevent them with these exercise for strength and improvement to your range of motion. These exercises we mentioned, are simple to do at any time of the day by anyone who needs to bring that strength in their feet and ankles.

Having strong healthy feet with exercises as part of your daily routine will reduce further issues with your biomechanics and prevent more complications.

Terry Metzger

Terry is podiatrist in the United States and is regular contributor to Foot Revitalize. His vast expertise in the foot care industry is a valuable asset to Foot Revitalize. He has been a podiatrist for the last 6 years.

 

 

 

Essentials Ingredients When Taking Care of Your Feet

When you are taking care of your feet creams and lotion can play a vital part in the health of feet’s skin. If you are looking creams and lotions labels, it is not common to see that many of the foot creams and lotions on the market contains mostly water. When this water gets into your skin pores, it will stretch the skin tissues. The stretching effect can be compared to a balloon filling up with air. When it stretches the skin wrinkles disappear and your skin will feel much smoother.

Water eventually evaporates or is carried away through your blood streams. When it occurs your skin dries up and guess what? The wrinkles you had before are back. These lotions and creams also have a certain quantity of highly refined vegetable oils. This vegetable oil has had its natural protective antioxidants removed when it was refined.  This makes them highly prone to free-radical oxidation. This results in your skin aging faster than its normal aging process.

When you think these foot creams and lotions are taking care of your feet and moisturizing them, they actually speed up the aging process.

With time, there has been new products made with natural substances and herbal essences, which have been clinically proven to reverse this aging process of your skin and make your feet’s skin look younger and smoother.

Taking Care of Your Feet with Eucalyptus Cream

Taking of Your Feet with Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus Oil

The soothing of eucalyptus is well recognized around the world from curing colds and facial creams. Eucalyptus is a very powerful ingredient for moisturizing as well as detoxifying your skin on your feet.  When the eucalyptus oil is added into foot creams and lotions,  it brings the component of modulate ceramides (lipid component of skin structure). Modulate ceramides helps the skin’s outer layer to retain moisture. When it comes to your feet, it is very important because it can let out close to a pint of moisture daily.

The production of hydrating ceramides is created through a compound called 1,8-cineole. This compound found in eucalyptus  produces ceramides in your skin’s cells outer layer resulting in an accrued softness.

How is it extracted?

The ceramides are extracted from the eucalyptus leaves and stems through a process of distillation. Since, the eucalyptus essential oils contains about 80% of 1,8-cineole (its main active ingredient), it provides a very pure and substantive component to the foot creams and lotions ingredients.  The extraction also provides other healthy plant essences such as pinene and limonene.3.

Eucalyptus oil provides a water-binding ability to the hydrating ceramides. This water binding ability is useful for therapeutic cleansing programs and skin detoxification. In addition, eucalyptus oil contains a very potent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal property. These properties further enhance the defence against micro-organisms that would normally evolve in a darker and moist environment.

Taking Care of Your Feet With the Soothing Power of Eucalyptus

It is well known by cosmeticians and skin care experts that the quality essential oils like eucalyptus oil can be very soothing because of its deep penetration into our skin. It will also enhance the circulation in your feet which will result in an increased delivery of oxygen and essential nutrients to the skin’s deepest layers.

There is no doubt that feet overtaken by fatigue can benefit greatly from foot creams and lotions containing eucalyptus oil. It is soothing and it is a proven analgesic agent that will help your aching joints (ankle). If you are considering adopting a eucalyptus foot cream, you will not go wrong. It will hydrate, soothe and protect the skin of your feet.

Taking Care of Your Feet with Menthol Based Cream

The use of menthol goes way back. It is believed the use of menthol dates back 2,000 years, when it was used for medical reasons in Japan.  Us in North America, we have used menthol for at least 200 years. Actually it is proven that menthol constitutes about 50% of the essential oil in peppermint.

Relieving Your Feet with Menthol

Menthol based cream can have a very soothing effect on tired feet when you apply it through a peppermint cream. It stimulates your sensory nerves by producing a cool and relaxing sensation on your aching feet. How does it accomplish this? Simple, menthol will activate transient receptors in its ion channels.  These ion channels work as receptors for natural compounds, like menthol. Menthol will act on these channels by creating a thermal sensation across the entire peripheral nervous system.

Taking care of Your feet with Mint and Menthol Scents

Menthol with Peppermint Bath

When you apply a menthol based foot cream, it will inhibit certain pain receptors. Menthol will help particularly when it comes for the relief of minor skin discomforts. Many will feel the cooling of the skin when menthol is applied. awhile cooling the skin, it will also speed up healing by dilating blood vessels. Menthol will increase the normal blood flow in a designated areas, which can be the reason why we used it in a specific sore joint or muscle area.

One great advantage of menthol treatment is its property of being an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent. This is very useful when you use it between your toes in cases of athlete’s foot. So menthol can be an excellent tool in combatting any foot ailment and soothe your feet to health.

The Proper Way to Take Care for Your Feet

1. Before you bathe, check the water temperature first with your wrists, not your feet. Bathe your feet in warm (not hot) water. If you have the time, soaking your feet before bathing for about 10 minutes can be beneficial.

2. Exfoliate any calloused tissue on the soles with an abrasive physical agent such as a scrub or pumice.

3. Pat, rather than rub you’re feet dry. Make sure you get between your toes. Any moisture left on your feet can invite odor or allow disease-causing bacteria and fungi to grow.

4. After washing, apply a foot cream that not only has skin-hydrating lubricants and emollients to help keep your feet soft and free from calluses and cracks, but that also gently exfoliates your skin and protects it from infection.

5. Clean underneath your toenails carefully.

6. Trim and file your toenails straight across instead of rounding them. This helps prevent ingrown toenails. Use a nail clipper, not scissors. Smooth the edges with an emery board.

Note: It is best never to use strong antiseptic soaps, perfumed skin lotions, or chemicals (such as iodine or corn, callus, or wart removers) on your feet.

Great Feet with Antioxidant Tea Blend

One other great ingredient that can do wonders to your feet and its skin is the effect of antioxidant-rich tea extract. Free radicals can be detrimental to your skin. Its lingering molecules will literally steal electrons from the millions of cells in our body, which of course means it encompasses our skin’s vital tissues.

While those tissues can provide the elasticity and its strength at a young age, they do lose their cells connection with the aging process.  Contributing factors to these cells disconnecting are mostly due to the constant work of those free-radicals.  When disconnected these skin tissues and cells thicken and become harder. The final look of this separation results in you skin drying, sagging, and looking like leather with very deep wrinkles.

Where the tea extracts can help is by penetrating deep in your skin and assume the protection needed against oxidative stress, and unusual inflammations. These extracts can be found in red, green and white tea. One of the best antioxidants is red tea extract.  As for green tea, it is known to provide the skin protection through its of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is a potent phytochemical that guards skin against the ravages of UV exposure and DNA damage.

Many experts in the field also believe that tea extracts, through its vitamin C content, can help the skin’s tone and texture by supporting the production of collagen.

Taking care of your feet by drinking tea will provide the required antioxidants make your feet’s skin feel and look younger. Of note, green, white and red tea are the best to provide this elasticity and strength.

Taking care of Your feet with the Squalene

Continuing on with other products needed when taking care of your feet is squalene. Squalene has the unique benefit of nourishing and hydrating the skin for your feet. Squalene is a natural 30-carbon organic compound originally obtained for commercial purposes primarily from shark liver oil. Although plant sources (primarily vegetable oils) are now used as well, including amaranth seed, rice bran, wheat germ, and olives, yeast cells have been genetically engineered to produce commercially useful quantities of “synthetic” squalene

Squalene is also one of the principal hydrocarbons contained in the protective surface lipids of the skin. Found in olive oil, it can be very effective in promoting skin growth and restore areas where skin was dry and peeling. Olive oil contains about 0.2-0.7% effective oxygen-scavenging agent.

Squalene not only inhibits the growth of disease-causing microorganisms, but also moisturizes, heals, and nourishes the skin of your feet, leaving them looking younger and feeling silky soft and smooth.

Well, there you have it. Natural products like tea, squalene and even coconut or avocado oil can make a huge difference for your feet’s skin. Taking care of your feet not only means soaking your feet in warm water but to also be aware of natural products whether it is having green tea or the application of a menthol cream on your feet.