You can freshen and sooth aching feet by taking a foot soak for 10-15 minutes in Epsom salt by pouring 1/2 to 1 cup into a tub of warm water. After standing whole day on the feet, wearing ill-fitting shoes or a long hiking day, it is a great way to relax and sooth the feet. People prone to odors may find that Epsom salt foot soaks not only make their feet feel better, but also smell better as Epsom salt helps to neutralize odors. Epsom salt helps to soften the rough skin, removing dead cells and leaving light mineral residue after the soak on the skin – regular foot soaks are a good way to fight the hard skin.
Feet soak in an Epsom salt bath is also used to help relieve the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot – the fungal infection that is causing the itchiness and flaking of the skin, esp. in between the toes. Athlete’s Foot, if not treated, can cause cracked heels, or spread to nails that get thick and yellowish, so you should start treat it as soon as you spot it. Epsom salt can help you to relieve the itchy skin, but be sure to eliminate the fungi that cause the infection, best with an antifungal cream from the pharmacy.
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