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Natural Beauty Products For Summer Feet

Posted by on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

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If you want your feet to be healthy and happy this summer, then consider natural beauty products for optimal foot health, say podiatrists. “Skin and nail products that contain a lot of strong chemicals and preservatives can actually make you more likely to get things like nail fungus,” says Dr. Nadia Levy from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. “Also, harsh chemicals can cause skin irritation when combined with the sun. I always encourage the use natural products for summer foot care.”

Now that your feet are spending more time out in the open, give them a little extra TLC to keep them free from blisters, alligator skin and toenail fungus. There are many great green products to try this summer.

Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees offers three different natural foot creams to choose from. The Peppermint Foot Lotion awakens and invigorates tired toes with a blend of peppermint oil and menthol, while sunflower and coconut oils add moisture to the skin. The Coconut Foot Cream rejuvenates with a blend of coconut, rosemary and peppermint. The Honey & Bilberry Foot Cream softens calluses with honey, jojoba butter and rosemary extract. Keep in mind that the foot creams are heavier than lotions and sink into the skin better than lotions.

LUSH Cosmetics

The “Happy Feet” package for $24.95 gives you a volcano foot mask, sea salt / cypress / pine foot bath fizz bomb, zesty foot scrub, and fair trade cocoa butter foot lotion. You can also try Lemony Butter to heal dry cuticles and cracked skin or the T for Toes antibacterial foot powder. Lush has developed a die-hard following of fans who love the fresh, handmade nature of their products.

 

Liz Earle’s Foot Scrub

This natural, light exfoliation lotion contains avocado and wheat germ, as well as peppermint and rosemary. You may have to use a foot file for your dry and troublesome areas, as this product tends to be very gentle. The Liz Earle Foot Repair Moisturizer is a great follow-up product, with patchouli, eucalyptus, wheat germ, shea, avocado, peppermint, lavender and rosemary.

Tools & Tips

Of course, proper at-home foot care involves having the right tools for the job. The Image Beauty blog recommends HotSpa’s Professional Foot Bath With Infrared Heat, New England Loofa Scrubber, Titania Angled Pumice Sponges and Mr. Pumice Callus Terminator. Natural foot care is a multi-step process that involves soaking, scrubbing and moisturizing. It also involves wearing the right summer footwear. With these natural foot care tips, you should have wonderful feet in no time at all!

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.