Put your best foot forward

Put your best foot forward


Put your best foot forward

NAIL ART Use a nail brush to clean your nails and push cuticles back to avoid painful ingrowth. GETTY IMAGES

Neglected feet are not just unattractive, they’re unhealthy too. During summer, feet are exposed to dust as most people opt for open sandals. Here’s what you can do to ensure that you have clean, nice-looking feet in the summer.

While bathing, rub your soles with a pumice stone. Then, use a soft bristle brush and scrub the front, arch, sole and heel of your feet. Pat your feet dry and gently push back the cuticles on your toe nails.

Massage your feet with a moisturising lotion, paying extra attention to the area around each toe. Remember to rub lotion on your heels as well.
Give your feet a special rinse twice a week. Add a little bath oil, a dab of shampoo and a handful of salt to warm water and let your feet soak in this mix for 5 to 10 minutes.
Always trim your toe nails straight across. Cutting them in any other manner could encourage painful in-growth.
Dust your feet, especially the area between the toes, with powder. Make your own foot powder by mixing equal quantities of boric acid and talcum powder.
Don’t wear the same shoes or sandals day after day. Rotate between three pairs regularly.
Exercise your feet. You can do the following exercises while sitting, talking on the phone or watching television. Do these exercises 6 to 10 times a day.
Role a bottle under your feet.  Role it forwards to the toes and backwards to the arch of your feet.
Raise your feet and try to spread the toes as wide as possible. Now wiggle them.
Keep your feet flat on the floor. Raise only the toes while keeping the heel firm on the floor.
Put a thick book under your feet and try to turn its pages with your toe.
Try to pick up a pencil with your toes.
To tackle cracked heels, wash your feet clean and apply a cream that contains camphor. Take 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, a small piece of candle wax and two pieces of camphor. Boil them together and store in a container. Apply this regularly at night after cleaning your feet.
Treat yourself to a pedicure
Remove old nail varnish with cotton wool and nail polish remover
Trim the nails if required
File the nails, especially around the edges
Soak your feet for in warm water to which salt and a mild shampoo have been added
Use a nail brush to clean your nails and feet
Use a pumice stone to remove dead skin under your feet
nUse a towel to dry your feet
Massage your feet with a moisturising lotion
nApply a new nail colour and let it dry
Wear a clean pair of socks to bed

Kitchen remedies

Oranges come with a range of benefits. They make an effective exfoliating scrub on oily skin. All you have to do is:

Take equal quantities of multani mitti, orange peel and sandalwood powder. Mix them and store it in a jar. Before applying the paste on your hands, feet and face, add two teaspoons of the mixture to three teaspoons of tomato pulp. Massage it into the skin and rinse off. Repeat this procedure thrice a week for soft and smooth skin.

Take two drops of orange essential oil and massage your feet and hands with it for five to eight minutes. Apply a hot towel on the feet/ hands. This routine works for those with both oily and dry skin.

To treat wrinkled skin, mix two teaspoons of Protinex (crumbled) into a paste with yoghurt. To this, add one teaspoon of grated apple and two drops of orange essential oil.  Spread this generously on your feet, hands and face. Let the mask set for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse.