The weather is getting warmer and it’s that time of year for flip flops and sandals to make a comeback. Here’s our guide to a nurturing footcare regime to get your tootsies ready for the spring and summer…

 

Step 1: Scrub, scrub, scrub

The skin on the sole of the foot is thicker than anywhere else on the body, and can often become dry due to sweat drying on the skin. Exfoliating at least once a week is a great way to keep your skin smooth and healthy. Our Embrace the Day Body Scrub contains calendula stamens rather than ocean-poisoning microbeads and also contains five organic oils, including lemongrass oil and cocoa butter to soothe and moisturise your skin. Avoid soaking your feet if you can, as this actually dehydrates the skin. An oil based scrub will make you feel lovely while leaving your feet wonderfully moisturised.

 

Step 2: Give your feet an overnight treat

If you’ve neglected your feet a little bit over the winter (and let’s face it, who hasn’t!) it can be a good idea to massage some oil into your feet, put some thin socks on and let the oils nourish your skin overnight. Our Soothe & Smooth Leg and Foot Balm is made especially for feet.  It contains beeswax (vegan friendly) to nourish dry skin. Cooling peppermint, calming lavender and reviving rosemary help to care for your feet by stimulating circulation and controlling the spread of any nasty bacteria that could cause foot odour. It’s also ideal to massage into your feet in the evenings before bed, when the oils will be absorbed well into your skin.

 

Step 3: Nourish your nails

Giving yourself a weekly pedicure is a lovely way to take a little time out to care for yourself, and the results will make you smile all week. It’s not just a way to have pretty feet, but to improve your wellbeing in mind and body too. Before you file your nails and apply varnish, take time to massage in footcare oil such as the Soothe & Smooth Leg and Foot Balm, and then pay attention to the health of your toenails. Cuticles protect the nail bed and a healthy cuticle makes for healthy toes too. Massage a little cuticle oil, such as our Nourishing Nail and Cuticle Oil, into your toes each week during your pedicure. It contains a blend of oils including calendula, lavender, comfrey and sweet orange which deeply hydrates the nail beds whilst moisturising and healing the surrounding skin and strengthening the nail. File your nails so they are straight across -- this helps to prevent ingrown toenails. You can either add varnish or just use a nail buffer to bring out the natural shine of your nails for a more natural pedicure.

 

Step 4: Eat foot friendly food

Did you know some foods can make your feet puffy? Salty food in particular can cause fluid retention in the body which manifests itself as swollen feet and ankles. And some seemingly ‘healthy’ foods including vegetable juice or canned vegetables can contain surprisingly high levels of salt. Eating unprocessed foods is a good way to reduce salt intake and foods such as bananas, which are high in potassium, can help to reduce fluid retention and banish swollen feet.

 

Some organic skincare to treat your feet:

Embrace the Day Body Scrub

Embrace the Day Body Scrub, £29

 

Soothing Leg and Foot Balm

Soothe & Smooth Leg & Foot Balm, £29

 

Nourishing Nail and Cuticle Oil

Nourishing Nail and Cuticle Oil, £25