No one wants to massage rough feet. Summer is here, which means beach days, lounging by the pool, and wearing sandals. It also means people will be looking at your feet.
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Foot maintenance reflects on how much attention a man pays to his own self-care. Let’s be real, no one wants to show his or her funky feet in public. It is important to take care of those feet– remember they do have an important role! They get you around places. Also, a foot care routine leaves them looking and feeling good. Most men don’t like going to the nail salon, so what can you do at home?
Step 1: Trim Your Toenails
Let’s start with nails. Cut those toenails. I know we’re all busy but think of how painful it can be if you have long toenails and one of them chips. Make it a habit to cut your nails, but don’t cut them too short.
Our Toenail Trimmer Pick:
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Toenail ClipperGerman engineered toenail clippers with precision blades includes a convenient nail catching component.
Step 2: Smooth Rough Feet or Calluses
If you have rough feet or calluses, use a pumice stone two or three times a week. During your shower, let your feet get wet with warm water for a few minutes before using the pumice stone.
Wet the pumice stone and rub it gently on your feet. You can add soap to the pumice stone, if desired. Rinse and dry throughly.If you find a pumice stone too harsh, there are alternatives such as exfoliating foot scrubs which will achieve a similar effect of peeling the skin. And if your feet need emergency help, try a chemical peel (though expect 1-2 weeks of wearing socks while the skin peels off.
Pumice occurs naturally when a gas rich froth of glassy lava solidifies quickly, leaving the bubbles in the stone. The coarser the stone, the more aggressive exfoliation it will give so choose accordingly. Zenda Naturals has a nice mid-size pore.
LATHER Eucalyptus Foaming Foot Scrub with Pumice is both refreshing and exfoliating while being gentler to the skin than pure pumice.
Baby Foot for Men is a low-effort way to get your feet summer ready, basically wear the plastic socks once, then let your feet peel for 1-2 weeks, emerging radiant and beach ready.
Low effort, but expect to wear socks while they’re peeling, it can be pretty gross.
Step 3: Use Foot Cream for Dry, Cracked Feet
If you have dry, cracked feet, apply a moisturizer to leave your feet smooth and soft. There are many moisturizers designed solely for feet and specific skin types. Apply after the shower on dry feet or massage foot lotion on before bed.
Our Foot Cream Picks:
If your feet are still looking rough, try ELEMIS Treat Your Feet Foot Cream which contains shea butter and jojoba oil to deeply hydrate.
Ingredients like mint have a great cooling effect which can great for hot, summer feet like Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue. They can also irritate sensitive skin so use sparingly the first time.
AHAVA Clineral D-Medic Foot Cream has been clinically tested to be allergy free and approved for sensitive skin.
For specific problems, such as odor and fungus:
For odor, use a foot powder like Gold Bond on a regular basis. Remember to let your shoes air out after wearing them. It is also important to wash your feet with body soap to remove off any dirt or bacteria.
So, you may be a man who works hard, plays hard. A man who stands on his feet all day or works out on a regular basis. Or perhaps, just a man who wants smooth and fresh feet. We all want to look and feel good. Your everyday routine can and will take a toll on your feet, so remember to show them some love. If you do suffer from these issues, regular maintenance can help. Let’s keep those feet looking good!
Alexandra Castro is a beauty and lifestyle writer from NYC, transplanted to Los Angeles. She tackles the nitty-gritty of men’s grooming, from a woman’s POV.