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14 Nov

Make sure you take care of your hands and feet

hands & feet


Wembley Medispa shares some great skincare tips

Both women and men have a skincare regime for their face, making sure it’s cleansed and moisturised on a daily basis, but most people forget about their hands and feet.

Our hands and feet work hard every day and one of the most commonly presented problems are dryness and roughness. These parts of our bodies are the most overworked and overexposed and, unfortunately, the most neglected.

Keep those precious hands clean
It’s extremely important to keep your hands as clean as possible, but using an antibacterial soap can also dry out your skin. Rather opt for a moisturising soap that’s filled with hydrating ingredients such as shea butter, olive oil or aloe vera that help by preventing the stripping of natural oils from the skin.


Clean under your nails with a nail brush on a regular basis
While you’re washing your hands, use a good quality nail brush to gently scrub beneath your nails and remove any dirt that may be stuck there.

Keep your nails trimmed and well-shaped
Use nail clippers to keep them at a length that you like, and file them with a crystal nail file or gentle emery board into a neat shape

Exfoliate your hands on a weekly basis
Use a hand scrub once a week to buff away the dry, rough skin and keep your hands soft and healthy.


Apply hand cream regularly
Look for a formula that contains emollient ingredients, such as glycerine, shea butter, and natural oils. Massage the cream into your skin after you wash your hands in the morning and before you go to bed at night

Wear gloves when doing chores
Make sure to wear gloves while cleaning, washing and gardening. Cleansing solutions and detergents are harsh on the skin and your hands come in direct contact with them.

Feet can get very dirty during the course of a day and this dirt can clog pores
Temperatures soaring in the summer, coupled with your feet being enclosed in tight shoes throughout the day, makes your feet prone to several infections blisters, psoriasis, and of course smelly feet.

• Make a point to wash your feet (and between your toes!) with a washcloth carefully and regularly. Yes, that means bending over in the shower to soap them up; if you can’t balance safely, use a long-handled shower brush or sit on a chair outside the tub as you wash your feet under the faucets. Be sure to dry feet completely, including between the toes

• Moisturise your feet after washing. During dry-skin winter months, you may want to moisturize several times a day.

• Alternate the shoes you wear each day. That may mean having two pairs of your favourite everyday style, but shoes need time to air out to avoid triggering foot odour or infections. If you have a problem with smelly feet, soak them in a mixture of vinegar and water.


• Your feet should not hurt—ever. Tight shoes can worsen bunions, distort toe shape and cause painful foot growths. If you wear high heels, choose heels that are wide, stable and no higher than two inches. Toe boxes should be wide; pointed toes shouldn’t begin their narrowing shape until well past the ball of the foot. To protect your Achilles tendon from shortening, alternate heel heights regularly.

• Flip-flops and completely flat shoes don’t provide arch support. Neither does walking barefoot. Women are especially prone to developing flat feet, which can lead to other foot problems. To keep feet strong and healthy, minimize the amount of time you wear shoes that lack supportive arches.

• Pregnancy, ageing and diabetes all affect your feet. Pregnant women need shoes with broad heels, arch support and good shock absorbency. Added pregnancy weight may cause your shoe size to change, so get your feet measured. Older women lose some of the cushioning fat on the balls of their feet; choose shoes that provide more shock protection. Diabetics can develop serious conditions related to the feet and lower legs.


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