Avon Foot Works: Foot Care Guide
Foot care is vital in living a healthy life. For most, people think foot care is all about beauty, but it’s not. I will tell you first hand that it is very important to care for your feet, not only so you can wear the hottest sandals but also so you can live your best life.
Due to my chemotherapy treatments last year, I developed neuropathy in my feet, even to this day I struggle with it. Living with neuropathy has made it hard to be on my feet and having to stop doing things I love, like taking walks around my neighborhood. I always had to deal with calluses and dry feet, but now having neuropathy, taking care of my feet is even more important. By taking care of my feet with a daily foot care routine, I am able to better manage my foot pain and swelling. Below enjoy tips on how to care for your feet and how Avon Foot Works can help you.
Foot Care Tips
Just like every other body care routine, it is important to create a foot care routine. Most people do a foot care routine during sandal season, however it is important to do a foot care routine all year round. A foot care routine will not only help you look your best in your favorite sandal or exposed foot shoe, but it also will benefit your feet & overall health. Here are some tips to help you have the best feet all year round.
Soak Your Feet
Soaking your feet helps soften your skin which is especially key when you have rough skin & calluses. It is recommended to use lukewarm water & have your feet soak for 15 to 20 minutes. (Vanderheiden, 2019) For those of you who love to use hot water, you are not alone. This girl loves her hot showers & hot water foot soaks… I HATE the cold. Yes I live in Massachusetts but I absolutely hate winter time! Come to find out, using hot water is actually really bad for your skin. It will dry out your skin which is the opposite of what you are trying to do.
With my neuropathy, I absolutely love my foot soaks. They help relax my feet & help with the pain greatly. Being a busy mom of 4 boys I will admit that I don’t get to do a “traditional foot soak” as much as I should. So, what I’ve been doing is at the end of my shower I will fill up my tub with a couple drops of lavender oil. I did this routine a couple time a week.
Remove Dead Skin & Smooth Out Calluses
Since I was a teen, my feet have been prone to getting rough & developing calluses. I know personally my feet feel better after removing the dry skin & calluses. It’s like they can breath. After doing a foot soak, when your skin is softer, you can remove dead skin & calluses with foot care tools like pumice stone or emery board. For those who need extra help, like me, there are also “moisturizing foot scrubs made from botanicals such as crushed fruit pits, sugar, or chemical exfoliators also help remove dead skin.” (Bruno, 2012)
Moisturize Your Feet
To help maintain the moisture in your feet, it is important to moisturize with foot creams & lotions. American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons (2020) recommends, “us[ing] a moisturizer daily to keep dry skin from itching or cracking. But don’t moisturize between the toes—that could encourage a fungal infection.” Another thing I do after applying my foot creams is that I put on socks. In doing so, I give my feet more time to absorb the creams and it’s benefits.
Don’t Forget About Your Toe Nails
Make sure to show your toe nails attention too. No one likes long toe nails or discolored toe nails. When caring of for your toe nails, it’s best to give your toes a break from nail polish. With removing your nail polish, you also will have a chance to inspect your nails to see if their is any problems. Just like with any health issue, the earlier you detect it, the easier & quicker it can be to resolve or manage. Another thing to keep in mind is that some ingredients in nail polish and nail polish remover can cause your toes to become discolored and/or brittle.
Just like the rest of your foot, it is also important to moisturize your toenails & cuticles. Celebrity manicurist, Elle, recommends rubing the entire nail, including the cuticle with a cuticle cream, petroleum jelly, or vitamin E oil. (Bruno, 2012)
Now, unlike your fingernails, when cutting toe nails, it is important to do so in a straight line and then using an emery board to round out the ends. American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons (2020) recommends not to cut your nails too short to help prevent ingrown nails. Anyone who has an ingrown nail knows how uncomfortable and painful it can be! When it comes to your cuticles, you don’t want to cut them. You should just push them back. (Vanderheiden, 2019)
Watch Out for Foot Fungus
No ones likes to be around smelly feet and hate it even more so when the foot stench is coming from you. Most popular and well know foot fungus is Athlete’s Foot. This is caused from “fungus that breeds in warm, dark, moist places such as feet that perspire heavily and shoes that don’t get aired out.” (McGinnis, 2005) This is very popular with Athlete’s, as you can see why. They are sweating all over, including their feet usually over a long period of time not giving your feet time to breath.
You can easily treat & manage mild cases of foot fungus with over the counter products. When looking for over the counter treatments, you want to look for those with active ingredients of terbinafine, tolnaftate, miconazole, ciclopirox, or clotrimazole. If your feet sweat a lot, a powder will work while if you have dry feet, you will want to look into a lotion. (Bruno, 2012) Though you could use similar products with your toe nails, I personally recommend seeing a professional because toe fungus is usually much harder to cure and manage.
To help minimize fungus, the best preventative is stopping your feet from excessive sweating. “Try an over the counter antiperspirant (like you use on your underarms)… If odor is a problem, get a shoe insert that has charcoal as an ingredient. Charcoal helps absorb odors.” (Vanderheiden, 2019)
Wear the Right Shoes
I love shoes as much as the next girl but over the last year with my neuropathy, I have had to focus more on comfort over fashion. It is important to wear shoes that are comfortable & won’t agitate your skin. As Vanderheiden (2019) explains, “certain shoes may cause blisters, corns or callouses. Shoes that are too tight can aggravate bunions, neuromas, and hammertoes.” St. Joseph Hospital Podiatry (2020) recommends purchasing new shoes towards the end of the day when your feet are at their largest and make sure to alternate your shoes.
The way I see it is why encourage or create foot issues if you don’t need to… Trust me it is not worth it. Having neuropathy has made me have a deeper appreciation for my feet & what they are capable of.
What You Need for Pretty Foot Care
Here are a list of items according to Verywell Health (2019) that you need to care for your feet:
- Aromatherapy oil
- Cuticle pusher
- Emery board
- Nail nipper
- Non-acetone polish remover
- Paraffin wax
- Pumice Stone
- Toenail scrub brush
For more information and tips, check out Verywell Health’s How to Have Pretty Feet.
Avon Foot Works
Avon is known for their quality, innovative products that help their diverse customer base look & feel their best. Avon Foot Works is a collection of foot care products with pampering spa treatments & solutions for every need. From foot soaks to deodorizing sprays, there is something for everyone.
Antifungal Spray for Athlete’s Foot (Regular Price: $9): Score healthy, odor-free feet! Proven clinically effective in treating athlete’s foot while relieving cracking, irritation and discomfort. Relieves itching and burning of athlete’s foot and controls odors.
Arthritis Achy Foot & Muscle Cream (Regular Price: $7): Keep feet feeling healthy with this intensive cream that provides penetrating pain relief for sore muscles.
Deep Moisturizing Cream (Regular Price: $6): A rich cream formulated with cocoa butter penetrates deep into the top layers of your skin with softening moisture-magnet technology to help heal rough, dry skin.
Deodorizing Spray (Regular Price: $9): Provides effective odor protection and helps control wetness. Use on feet or footwear.
Intensive Callus Cream (Regular Price: $9): Rough calluses? This effective treatment is infused with natural aloe, rice bran oil and peppermint, delivering noticeably soft, smooth and touchable results. In just 2 weeks, see dramatic improvement!
Intensive Moisture Cream (Regular Price: $6): This intensive foot cream featuring Hydra6X Complex delivers gentle and effective moisturizing needed for dry feet common to diabetics.
Lavender 3-in-1 Pampering Oil (Regular Price: $7): Pamper your feet with this lavender-scented 3-in-1 oil that multitasks as a moisturizer, cuticle oil and indulgent soak. Rough, dry feet and cuticles feel silky smooth and rejuvenated.
Lavender Softening Balm (Regular Price: $6): This ultra-emollient formula has silica beads for a pleasing texture and vitamin E, cocoa butter and shea butter to help hydrate dry skin and soften rough patches on feet.
Maximum Strength Cracked Heel Cream (Regular Price: $7): Transform the look and feel of dry, cracked heels.
Overnight Renewing Cream (Regular Price: $9): Formulated with jojoba oil and green tea extract to both soften and condition your feet while you sleep.
Pedicure Kit (Regular Price: $11): Get just what you need to complete the perfect pedicure. Cute, compact kit for perfect pedis! Includes Nail Clipper, Toenail Clipper, Small Nail File, Scissors and Cuticle Pusher.
Pedicure Tool (Regular Price: $11): The do-it-yourself pedicure essential with four features in one tool.
- American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons’ Diabetes Foot Care Guidelines (2020)
- Men’s Health Foot Care Guide by Marianne McGinnis (March 4, 2005)
- St. Joseph Hospital Podiatry Guide to Basic Foot Care (2020)
- Verywell Health’s How to Have Pretty Feet by Terence Vanderheiden (November 29, 2019)
- WebMD’s 6 Tips for Foot and Nail Care by Karen Bruno (November 7, 2012)
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