Who ever thinks of feet as pretty? Most of the time we regard feet as a necessary evil. And evil they are when they hurt or are neglected. But with the right care, feet can be an asset that you can proudly expose in open sandals, or no shoes at all.
The reason we treat our feet as stepchildren is that we think nobody sees them. But that’s not true. For one thing, YOU see them all year around and what about your husband or boyfriend? Furthermore, during the summer when you wear open shoes, everyone sees them So the first step to having pretty feet is to realize that they are as important and visible as the rest of your body, and they certainly need more care than just a daily bath. To wash them properly work up a soapy lather and scrub lightly in and around your toenails and between your toes. When drying your feet, it is important to dry them thoroughly , and if your skin is dry, use moisturizer, if not, a foot powder. In addition to your daily routine you should set aside an hour a week to give yourself a pedicure.
Start by soaking your feet in warm, soapy water for about 10 minutes. Then rub a pumice stone or callous file on the dry, flaking , or thickened skin that accumulates on the heels and soles. If the accumulation of the dead skin is very thick and cannot be removed with a pumice stone or callous file, don’t use a razor but have a professional pedicure. Once the dead skin has been removed, you can follow-up by doing your weekly pedicure.
After using the pumice stone, cut and file your nails (they should be a little longer than the tip of the toe) then massage them with a softening lotion. Vaseline Intensive Care lotion is excellent for this. (Or you can finish face creams and lotions you don’t use on your face anymore).
To speed up the recovery of feet that have lacked care, moisturize them every night before going to bed, and wearing a pair of socks keeps the lotion working longer.
The last step of your weekly pedicure is to apply nail polish. Even if you don’t wear any on your hands, wear it on your toenails. A touch of color will bring your feet alive and makes them look feminine and sexy – did you know that many men find women’s feet sexy? Of course it helps when they are pretty. A few days ago my friend Barbara was walking along the busy street, wearing a simple dress and sandals. She was amused and pleased, when a man who passed her gave her a big smile and said: “What pretty feet you have!”
When it comes to color of the nail polish, a darker shade is more effective than a very pale one. If you have never painted your toenails, don’t dismiss my suggestion by, “It’s not for me” Try it and you too might fall in love with your feet.
STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST