Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more than they do of their feet. But the feet are an essential aspect of our bodies and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. Our feet and ankles work hard every day carrying our weight, getting us from point a to b, hiking, running, wearing shoes that are too big/small/narrow/tight or just uncomfortable.
Self-care has lately become a big topic within humans regarding stress and ensuring that we get the time to recharge mentally and emotionally.
In this blog, we focus on our precious feet and ankles and suggest our favourite tips to nurture your feet in the comfort of your home:
Warm water & Epsom salt
Salt turns to magnesium and sulphate in the water, which can help with fungus, ingrown nails and soothe dry skin. Soaking your feet in warm water for 10-15 minutes is enough to relax the muscles and loosen stiff joints. All you need is one cup of Epsom salt in warm water; You are ready for your mini at-home spa day!
After a day of hard work and running around, you will love this step. Elevating your feet helps decrease pain and swelling, take pressure off the veins, and improve blood flow back into the heart. All you need is 20 mins, lay down on your back in bed or on the couch and kick your feet up against the wall or use a couch pillow. As long as your ankles are at heart level or above, you let the magic happen, and the body does its thing.
Walk barefoot on grass or sand whenever you can
Walking barefoot on grass or sand is a beautiful way to ground and reconnect with yourself and mother nature. It also has different benefits, including better foot positioning when you walk, better balance, and better foot mechanics, which can help with hips, knees, and core movement. So next time you have an opportunity to walk across a field or on a beach, go ahead, feel the warmth of the sand or walk across that grass field.
Here is a perfect DIY spa treatment for the feet, which you can do when you shower or take a bath. Exfoliation improves blood circulation, which helps relieve aches, and it is also a great way to relax the mind and body while relieving stress. Your feet will also look great due to the exfoliation, which will have removed dry and dead skin cells.
Moisturising foot massage
There is nothing easier to do than a foot massage, and it is so incredibly relaxing. Try it anytime you find yourself relaxing, even when watching TV, taking 15 minutes to break from your daily routine or before bed. A foot massage can also be done while reading at your desk if you work from home.
Choose the most comfortable and relaxing position that does not cause any pain or discomfort. Taking one foot at a time with both hands, use your thumbs to apply pressure around the ankles, the arches, and the heels. Take each toe and move it circular, perhaps tugging at each toe gently.
At Phyt’s, we love nourishing and protecting our feet with our 100% natural and certified organic Nourishing Foot Cream, rich in oils for soft and smooth skin. This specialised cream has a rich formula particularly recommended if your feet have dry, cracked skin.
- Rapeseed and Sunflower oils: rich source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids; great to repair and nourish the skin
- Beeswax: nourishing, smoothing
- Argan oil: softening, repairing and protective
- White clay: healing
- Hemp oil: highly nourishing and repairing
- Shea butter: outstanding repairing properties
- Peppermint and Menthol: refreshing
- Tea Tree essential oil: purifying
Use morning and evening. Layer it on, with a thicker layer to the driest parts of the feet, then perform a gentle massage to let ingredients seek deep into the skin.