- be nice to them: wear good shoes. Not heels. Something that cradles a foot kindly, and supports it.
- and decent socks: this varies from person to person on fabrics. I like wool (ethically produced, non-mulesed, etc.), also as my wool socks last forever and are easy to fix. OK, I’ve not tested out “forever” properly yet, but I do have socks that I’ve had for 15 years+. Other folks like bamboo and bamboo rayon and other rayon from plant cellulose of various sources. Cotton may be frowned upon for being a crop that uses a lot of water, and is not awfully environmentally sound.
- clean the buggers, at least once a day depending on use and climate conditions
- trim toenails regularly, so as not to cut yourself or anyone else nearby
- scrub gently as needed: pumice stone, salt scrub. Gently. Only on tougher horn-like skin. Some folks do some serious filing here, I prefer to keep serious filing action for tax returns and law-suits. Not on my tender tootsies.
- if dry: in the evening, soak them then slather on a thick layer of some sort of balm (this could be a thick wax, or a wax/oil mix, of whatever sort); I like shea butter or my DIY balm for this. Petrolatum or lanolin or products comtaining them are a good option; for a more eco-friendly one, go for plant waxes (but taking into account distance traveled, storage costs, growth and production ethics, etc.) Then pull on a pair of socks, keep them on overnight, and hopefully feet will be less dry in the morning.
- dry and flaky: check for eczema. Oil up overnight as previously.
- foot baths: soak in warm water (not too hot) and oil, and then oil after. Same for hands. Recommend olive oil: the shop-bought extra virgin cooking variety; our current one is from Crete and lives in a large Kermit-green can.
- optional: add smelly stuff. And drink a nice cup of fragrant tea of some sort (black, green, white, herbal) while soaking feet. Maybe reuse teabags as en eye-mask at the same time. That’s what I like to think of as high-level multi-tasking.
- old love, not used for many years, but saved my feet when I was an undergraduate student and worked as a waitress and library assistant and assorted other jobs that meant being on my feet for a long time: The Body Shop peppermint & pumice foot scrub, the peppermint foot and leg lotion, and the peppermint foot spray. Heaven. They were a Christmas gift set one year, and I think this might have been the only such set I ever repurchased.
It’s a whole new silly season over on MakeupAlley. This usually happens in late spring, when teenagers are struck down by exam and post-exam season, combined with spring fever and weird equinoxial tides. The result is mass lunacy.
Here’s the latest. New user. The usual million-dollar question: sincere heartfelt but terribly misjudged and misguided trolling (see use reviews) or a genuine fictional-entity troll? Spam-bot? Comedian testing out a new persona and gathering/generating new material?
Only time will tell…
Last but not least, and no doubt there will be more, a bit of a facepalm. Lady, do you live under a rock? Quite aside from having limited spelling and grammar skills: methinks a teenager who spends more time texting or zoning out in class than working?: