Summer is here and that means lots of pools, lakes, beaches and general opportunities to run around barefoot. And with all of that, it's easy to contract athletes foot or other fungal foot and toe infections. These tips will help you keep your feet healthy all summer!
Dry Your Feet
Picture this. You come out of the water, towel off your body, and then stick your shoes on with still damp feet. Sound familiar? Walking around with excess moisture on your feet makes them vulnerable to fungi that love to live in moist and damp places. So make sure you take extra care to get your feet dry before putting on shoes.
I know, I just told you to keep your feet dry. But not that dry! Like the rest of your skin, your feet need hydrating and moisturizer is a great way to get that. Not only will this hydrate, but it also helps keep your feet soft and supple like you want. Gehwol is an amazing brand that has moisturizers that are specialized for feet and soles. Come visit us, and we can help you pick the best moisturizer for you.
Pedicures aren't only for getting cute looking toes. Pedicures are an important self-care treatment that can help women AND men (yes, guys too) take care of their feet and avoid painful callouses or harmful bacteria. Plus getting your callouses removed ensures that your moisturizer is helping your feet and not just moisturizing your callouses.
Wear Breathable Footwear
It's summer, get into sandals! Wearing breathable footwear like sandals (without socks) and flip flops lets your feet breathe and can help them dry off after being wet. When you trap that moisture in tight shoes and socks you create a breeding ground for moisture and bacteria.
Use Shower Sandals in Public Areas
Make it a priority to have a special pair of sandals that you keep for showering at the beach or pool. You definitely do not want to be going barefoot in public areas where you expose yourself to germs and bacteria. So pick a pair of sandals for the occasion and don't forget to pack them for your next beach trip.
Finally, make sure that you keep up your foot health by maintaining your results, especially if you've had a recent pedicure. Whether it's once a week or every couple of weeks, treat your feet to a herbal foot bath. You can use exactly what we use at Bliss, which is the Gehwol brand foot bath. Come in any time we're open and pick up a batch to use at home!