I’ve talked a lot about women stuff when it comes to feet – like the whole high-heel hazard and how to keep feet pretty with pedicures, but it occurred to me this morning that I haven’t really talked much about the health of men’s feet. So that’s what I’m going to do today!
Men’s feet are pretty low-maintenance really, but they can still benefit from some basic foot care. After all, nobody likes funky feet. Rough skin, bad odor and nasty nails are a big turn-off – ask anyone. So, all you men out there – keep your feet sweet and in great shape with these best foot care tips for men.
Condition your feet with men’s body moisturizer. Hydrating your feet with a body lotion is critical if you want to keep rough, dry patches and calluses at bay. Apply the moisturiser immediately after showering to maximize moisture absorption and prevent dry skin. If you already suffer from dry patches, moisturizing your feet 1-2 times a day can dramatically improve their appearance.
Wash between your toes. A lot of guys don’t pay much attention to their feet, even in the shower. The area between your toes traps dirt easily and is a breeding ground for bacteria, and athlete’s foot may develop if you don’t regularly clean between your toes. So use a mild soap that won’t dry out your feet and wash them daily to reduce the risk of foot hygiene problems.
Wear shoes that fit. Rough skin on your feet is usually the result of wearing shoes that are too tight. The tightness creates friction that can contribute to calluses. Your feet need space so get shoes that fit properly and have a soft inner lining and padding so that you reduce your risk of calluses and corns. Also, make sure you wear shoes that are appropriate for whatever activity you’re doing. For example, don’t be wearing regular sneakers when you go hiking.
Trim your nails the right way. When you trim your toenails, make sure you’re trimming them straight across and not rounded. Rounded nail-cutting can increase your risk of ingrown toenails, which is pretty painful. Also, trim your toenails at regular intervals. Toenails grow quickly and can become extremely long, increasing their risk of breaking and becoming infected.
Exfoliate regularly. Using a men’s body scrub on your feet can help remove dull buildup and other debris that can attract bacteria. A body scrub exfoliates particles on your feet to deep clean them and leave them feeling refreshed – it’s an experience like no other. For some great home-made foot scrub recipes, click here.
Wear jandals or slip-ons in communal locations like the gym or public showers. The warm, humid floor of the locker room is swarming with bacteria, so always wear something on your feet at these types of public places. You have no idea what type of germs might be lurking; lack of footwear in these locations can increase your risk of athlete’s foot and other fungi-related conditions.
Use a men’s body powder. Using a body powder on your feet can help absorb excess moisture and soothe skin. A body powder is especially useful for athletic men – it can help prevent and relieve skin discomfort associated with exercise.
So there you go men! Now your feet can be sweet too!