This month’s ‘Ask Kirk’ is all about how to keep your feet happy this summer! If you suffer from cracked heels, athlete’s foot or stinky trainers, this one is for you!
Since I was little I have loved the freedom of not having to wear shoes. In the summer months I am usually either barefoot or wearing my flip flops which can lead to the soles of my feet becoming hardened and at risk of cracking. To remedy this and have feet that don’t leave people shielding their eyes in horror I need some pretty awesome foot balm. There are loads of glorious smelling foot soaks and moisturisers available but if you don’t want to spend a fortune you may need to look no further than your kitchen cupboards.
I have already raved about how much I love using coconut oil as a conditioner, facial cleanser and body moisturiser but it is also fabulous for feet. All you need to do is rub some coconut oil on to your feet in the evening, pull some socks on and hop into bed. Then, just let the coconut oil do its work.
It acts as a great deep moisturiser making it perfect for even the most frightening look feet.
The very word ‘Athlete’s foot’ seems to be designed to make your nose wrinkle up and send a shiver down your spine. In reality it is a fairly common fungal infection (Tinea pedis), usually found on the skin of your feet but it can also spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.
The fungus thrives in warm, moist conditions so, as I am sure you can imagine, it commonly rears its ugly head during the hotter summer months resulting in itchy, peeling and scaly skin.
There are lots of different creams available in the chemist which can be bought over the counter but there is also a fairly simple natural remedy which is very effective. All you need is a carrier oil (such as almond oil), 100% tea tree essential oil and some cotton wool.
You need the carrier oil as it is not advised to apply neat tea tree oil to your skin. So simply add 5 drops of carrier oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil to a ball of cotton wool and rub it on to the affected area. Then slip on a pair of socks and let the tea tree oil do its work.
Thanks to tea tree oil’s natural antifungal properties it gets to work on the fungal infection and can clear it up in days. Just make sure that you change your socks following the treatment to avoid the risk of spreading the infection any further.
It’s that age-old summer problem; you don’t want to cramp your style by wearing socks with your trainers but without them you may find your friends sitting over the other side of the room when you eventually take your shoes off.
There is a very simple solution; my natural carpet deodoriser also doubles up as a simple shoe deodoriser.
Shoe Deodoriser Recipe
- Pour 250g bicarbonate of soda into a tub.
- Add 30 drops of lavender essential oil.
- Stir it.
- Close the lid and leave until you are ready to use.
All you need to do is sprinkle it inside your trainers, leave it for at least 30 minutes and then either tap or hoover it out.
Why don’t you try it and give those stinky trainers a summer lift and your friend’s a gift this summer.