Get Your Feet Ready For The Summer Today!
It may still be coat and mitten weather, but it’s never too early to think about summer. Chances are the cool air has caused your feet to become dry, and maybe even cracked. This is common for this time of the year, but no worries. Giving your feet the pampering they need now can have them fit and beautiful for barefoot weather, or for sandals, whichever you prefer.
First, I’ll clue you in as to how your feet can get so dry and cracked. Unlike the rest of our body, our feet are always naturally dry. There are no oil glands on our feet, so they have to rely on moisture produced by thousands of sweat glands. The best treatment for your feet is to keep them well moisturized, and that’s what this article will show you how to do.
You need to be careful what you use on your skin to give it moisture as some products are actually harmful; such as mineral oils and petroleum-based moisturizers. These creams actually can be potentially carcinogenic, meaning they could produce the growth of cancer cells. Mineral oil also blocks pores, interfering with the skin’s natural respiration.
Benefits of Coconut Oil
What your feet really need is to be comfortably wrapped in coconut oil. Coconut is considered a superfood and has amazing health benefits, even on skin. The way coconut oil is composed of saturated fats and fatty acids allows it to lock moisture by preventing loss of moisture through the skin’s pores. The fatty acids in coconut oil have strong antimicrobial and disinfectant properties that help fight and prevent bacteria from harming your skin as well.
By using coconut oil as a wrap for your feet, you will reap benefits other than moisturized feet, which include:
- Soft and smooth skin
- Reduced discomfort associated with cracked heels
- The antifungal properties work to prevent and treat athletes foot
- Elimination of foot odor
- As it aids in healing and fighting infection, ingrown toenails are prevented
- Prevention and treatment of toenail fungus
- Kills the virus that causes plantar warts
Coconut Oil Foot Wrap
Now that you know a little bit about dry feet and the benefits of using coconut oil, it’s time to get to the fun part. For soft, smooth feet you’ll definitely want to consider following these foot wrapping instructions. Also, an ideal time to do this is before bed as your feet will be all wrapped up.
Before you start, you will need a few supplies:
- Coconut oil
- Plastic wrap
- A pair of thick socks
Before using coconut oil, you can rub a natural moisturizer into your feet if you wish. Next, generously coat your feet with coconut oil. If you’re using solid coconut oil, you should warm it before applying to your feet.
Once your feet are well covered, including your toes and heels, use the plastic wrap to wrap around each foot. Plastic wrap is used to ensure the coconut oil is fully absorbed into your skin. Lastly, put your thick socks on and relax.
If your feet are extremely dry, it may take at least a couple of nights to see the improvement in your feet. But, be persistent and do it every night, you’ll be thankful in the long run.