It might not be the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to wedding and honeymoon planning, but it’s important! Which bride doesn’t want pretty feet?
We’ve teamed up with Beauchamp Foot Care, London’s leading foot health and beauty clinic, to share some top tips when it comes to getting fancy feet…
Keep it short
It’s always good to keep an eye on your toenails and make sure they never get too long. Long toenails can not only look unsightly, but also increase the risk of being torn or damaged. Whatever you may think of them, toenails are delicate and should be treated with care! Treat yourself to a professional pedicure every so often is one way to ensure trim and healthy nails – and what better timing than before your honeymoon? But, if you decide to cut and file them yourself, always use proper nail clippers and cut straight across. Never cut too short, and never cut down at the corners because this can lead to ingrown nails. And no one, especially no bride, wants to deal with an ingrown nail.
Don’t sweat it! Go barefoot
With over 250,000 sweat glands in each foot, it’s hardly surprising that sweaty feet – and the smell that goes with them! – is one of the most common problems that people face. How to deal with it? Go barefoot or wear open-toed sandals whenever you can. Not only does it spare you (and your loved one trying to enjoy your honeymoon) from your smelly feet, it can also reduce the risk of any fungal infections in the nails and in between the toes.
If you do suffer with sweaty feet, it’s super important to wash your feet each morning and evening in warm, soapy water, then dry them thoroughly – not forgetting between the toes! Try out antibacterial wash to help deal with any odour.
Don’t crack up
Open-backed shoes, sandals and flip flops – aka the favourite footwear of all honeymooners – are great for keeping your feet cool, but you’ve got to be careful of cracking! Wearing these kind of shoes allows the fat pad under the heel to expand sideways, which increases the likelihood of the skin to crack. Whilst it sounds a lot more painful than it is, we’re not sure that cracked heels are the look you’re going for on this romantic getaway.
The solution? Treat your feet to a regular pedicure and massage! Plus, a good at-home trick is to use an abrasive stone, such as a pumice stone, or a non-metal foot file when you’re in the shower, or take a bath to exfoliate the build-up of skin which can occur. If cracked heels becomes a more serious problem to you, they can be ‘strapped’ by a chiropodist or podiatrist; this holds the cracks together to help them heal.
Keep your socks natural
Some may find this first tip to be common sense and otherwise absolutely disgusting, but you’d be surprised: change your socks every day. The extra washing is worth it for your feet, we promise! Opt for socks that contain at least 70% of natural fibres too, such as cotton or wool. This will keep your feet dry and stop them smelling.
Change your mind
Excellent news, ladies and gents! We’ve found the perfect excuse for you to buy more shoes. Wearing the same shoes every day is not good for your tootsies; transferring decomposing bacteria onto your feet (yuck!), it’s best to alternate your footwear. Plus, always keep your trainers well aired – before and after exercise – to prevent the build-up of fungal spores and bacteria.
How annoying are blisters? Yep, super annoying, but avoid any shoes that rub (cheap flip-flops are a culprit!) and keep your feet dry and at all times! Any kind of moisture is bad news for blisters; sweaty feet and wet shoes soften the skin making it more prone to them. Overworking your feet increases heat and moisture in your shoes too – so there you go, another excuse to sit back and put your feet up!
Also, if you’re buying new shoes, it’s important to make sure they fit properly. Feet tend to swell during the day so buy new shoes later in the day when your feet are at their largest. Shoes which are too tight or too loose will create pressure points and lead to rubbing.
Watch out for foot infections
The floors of communal showers and changing rooms such as swimming pools and gyms are breeding grounds for infections like athlete’s foot and verrucas so don’t even be slightly tempted to go barefoot in these areas! Protect your feet by wearing light sandals like Crocs or flip-flops in the changing room and at the pool edge. If you do get an infection, keep your feet clean, dry and covered up, and make sure you seek medical advice!
Don’t be shy
Don’t hide ‘ugly’ toenails with polish. A thick, discoloured, cracked or crumbling nail could mean you are one of the five million adults in the UK to have a fungal infection. It won’t go away by itself, so get it checked out!
Get help if you need it
Basic hygiene and nail cutting should be all you need to keep your feet healthy. But if you have any problems, such as hard skin or a nail infection that you can’t get rid of, it’s best to seek professional help.
To see out more from Beauchamp Foot Care, and to find out more about their revolutionary new laser treatment for healthy feet, head to www.beauchampfootcare.com