Happy feet: Summer care tips

It is important to take care of your feet so you can flaunt them confidently.

April 17, 2014
To bring the swelling down after a long, hot day, soak your feet in a tub of ice water for 15 minutes and then pat dry with a towel.

Summer is the time to show off your toes and your dainty feet, but it is also important to take care of them so you can flaunt them confidently.

The summer heat can make your feet dry and rough with the skin peeling off due to bad weather conditions. In order to keep your feet healthy, here are a few tips to take care of feet:

Use shea butter

Shea butter can play a major role in taking care of chapped and neglected feet. Follow the given procedure to keep your feet healthy and glowing - Soak your feet in warm water for 10-15 minutes and cleanse your feet thoroughly by scrubbing properly with a sponge or a pumice stone to remove the dead skin.  Change the water and add one teaspoon of Shea butter to it. Soak your feet in it once again for 10 minutes. After that, pat your feet dry with a towel and then apply a small amount of Shea butter on your feet thoroughly to keep them smooth and moisturised.

Wear Sunscreen

Don’t forget to slather sunscreen on your feet, too! During the summer, feet are often forgotten when protecting skin from the sun. Protect your feet and remember to check them for sun damage when you do regular self-exams.

Soak your feet

To bring the swelling down after a long, hot day, soak your feet in a tub of ice water for 15 minutes and then pat dry with a towel. It will give a calming and easing sensation to the pain that you might experience from the swelling.


The skin on your feet needs moisture just like the rest of your body. To keep your feet soft and to prevent dry, cracking heels, use a foot cream regularly at night as part of your home pedicure routine.

Buff off dead skin and calluses

Keep your feet looking their best by gently buffing off dead skin and calluses. After bathing or a relaxing foot soak, use a pumice stone to buff away calluses on your feet. Do not shave or cut corns or pop blisters; you could cause an infection.

Use coconut oil

Keep some extra coconut oil handy and your feet will be happy even in summers. This oil has the ability to moisturise dry, rough skin. It nurtures skin cells and removes impurities in the skin. Leave it overnight and wear cotton socks; you will wake up with soft, beautiful feet.

Choose breathable footwear

If you’re prone to excessively sweaty feet, look for shoes made of mesh fabrics for maximum breathability. IANS

Published in The Express Tribune, April 18th, 2014.

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khurram | 6 years ago | Reply

@TERA BAAP: Its not where u live or how rich or fancy u r, its just simple upkeep of ones body parts that is desired. Wash your feet, keep them oiled, cover them with socks, remove calluses, trim nails perfectly, and if you are a woman apply selective nail covers neatly. I dont see a need for professional help for this. It is just some attention to one's own self.

TERA BAAP | 6 years ago | Reply

Most women in Pakistan need to get pedicures. The amount of claws I have seen at the Sindh Club in open sandals is enough to make me and every other member gag. Go to a professional and stop with the home made remedies. Do you cut and color your hair at home? I hope the answer is no unless you live on the wrong side of the bridge!

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