Imagine sitting at your desk in front of your computer, being so engrossed in what you’re working on that you suddenly realize you’ve lost feeling in one of your feet. You try to move it, only to feel a slight tingling sensation. Though your foot is obviously the same size it ever was, it also feels as though your foot has grown an inch-thick layer of extra skin that is preventing you from feeling the inside of your shoe. You stand up and brace yourself for the onslaught of the ticklish sensations that will soon envelop your leg. The sensations of having one of your feet “fall asleep” are certainly unpleasant, and can be quite embarrassing at times as well, especially if a coworker walks in on you trying to walk normally and occasionally bursting into laughter from the tickling of your leg, but chances are you’ll forget about it as soon as your foot returns to normal.
For a diabetic person, however, these same sensations can be an early warning sign of a serious medical problem. As such, if you or someone you know suffers from diabetes, it is extremely important to always take these symptoms seriously, and develop an effective foot care regimen to keep that person’s feet “awake.”
What causes these symptoms and how can I prevent them?
The lack of feeling in a foot, and the sensation of having grown an extra inch-thick layer of skin is actually the result of your foot swelling due to poor circulation. In essence, your foot does not receive enough blood and thus, its normally sensitive nerves cannot function properly. This actually causes the skin on your foot to expand and become puffy, though not nearly as visibly puffy as the inch-thick layer of skin imagine it has grown when this occurs. The tingling and tickling feelings you experience when you realize your foot has “gone to sleep” are actually caused by your body attempting to restore normal blood flow to your foot. To prevent these symptoms from occurring, it is essential to make sure your foot always has adequate circulation.
The best way to keep blood flowing to the feet, aside from making sure you or your diabetic friend’s feet remain in a natural position, is to soak them in a warm bath with Dead Sea Bath Salts. Dead Sea Salt is well known to help boost circulation, particularly so in the extremities.
But don’t bath salts make you sweat? And isn’t sweating equally bad for diabetics? The answer is “yes” to both questions in regards to typical bath salts made with Epsom salt. Epsom salt can be very dehydrating to the skin, and will likely cause sweating, which is indeed bad for diabetics. Dead Sea Salt, however, has a unique chemical structure found only in the waters of the Dead Sea that causes them to have unique healing properties. As mentioned, these properties include the boosting of circulation, and, unlike Epsom salt, they are great for skin moisturizing too!
Pour lukewarm water into a foot basin. Make sure the water is not too hot, as this in and of itself will cause foot swelling and defeat the purpose of the salts you are about to add.
Add the Dead Sea Bath Salts to the foot bath in the amount specified on the label for the product you have chosen. For an enjoyable aromatherapy experience while soaking, try Dead Sea Salts that have been scented with a blend of essential oils.
Wash the feet with a bar of coffee spa soap, as this will also help boost circulation.
Let the feet soak in the bath for 20 minutes or the time specified on the instructions for your Dead Sea Salts.
Please keep in mind that these instructions are for preventative skin care only. If you or a diabetic person you know actually experiences the symptoms of one or both feet “falling asleep,” consult a physician immediately. The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat diabetes or its associated symptoms.
There are no shortage of images people associate with wintertime, from drinking hot beverages while sitting by a fireplace, to kids playing in three feet of snow, to the crisp, dry air and freezing temperatures that allow you to see your breath. But when it comes to foot care, one unsightly image tends to come to mind before anything else: cracked heels.
If your heels feel rough, itchy, or painful, and you see yellowish lesions forming on them, chances are you are one of the many sufferers of cracked heels. Even if your symptoms haven’t yet progressed to this extreme, if you notice callouses or rough patches of skin on your heels, you may be well on your way. Fortunately, there’s a simple and easy solution to get your feet feeling soft and smooth again: body butter.
Typically used in place of water-based moisturizers to hydrate a person’s arms and legs during wintertime, body butters can also work wonders on feet. This is because cracked heels are, in reality, nothing more than extreme cases of dry skin. As you probably know, the drying effects of both cold outdoor temperatures and heated indoor temperatures can have a combined dehydrating effect on the skin. This is particularly true of the skin on your feet.
Though other factors such as standing for long periods of time on hard surface floors, wearing shoes with open backs, and being predisposed to other foot problems or skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema can influence or aggravate cracked heels, (which is why your heels may crack even in the summer from walking around all day in sandals) the solution is the same: just add body butter.
Pure, unrefined Shea Butter is one of the most popular body butters for foot care, butters made with Mango Butter or Cocoa Butter are just as effective. Our Slice of Life Gift Basket is also a great option if you’re looking to help a friend or loved one with cracked feet, as this gift basket includes a body butter among other spa products.
If you do not see any improvement in your cracked heels, or if your lesions have progressed to the point where your heels are bleeding and/or have open sores, please consult a podiatrist, as you may have developed a problem more serious than a simple case of dry skin. Also please keep in mind that this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition.
We hope you find this winter season lesion-free. Be sure to check back with us next week for more skin care and beauty tips and information.
Why should I use a foot cream if my feet are hardly ever exposed to the elements? The answer to this question is already partly answered; your feet are hardly ever exposed to the elements. That means they are routinely deprived of sufficient air and moisture, usually from spending day after day in your socks and shoes. This is by no means an argument to go barefoot everywhere you travel. However, you may want to consider pampering your feet with a massage, foot cream, and/or foot salt bath at the end of a stressful day.
If your feet have cracked heels, dry skin, itchy or red spots, or callouses, chances are your feet would benefit from the application of a foot cream. The best time to apply a foot cream is immediately after showering, as your feet will be wet and thus, more absorbent of the minerals and nutrients found in many foot creams. Beware of synthetic creams, however, as almost all of these will contain irritants and suspected carcinogens that will eventually do more harm than good. For a natural alternative, try Castle Baths’ Sweet Communion Mineral Foot Cream.
All of Castle Baths’ foot creams are handmade entirely from natural ingredients, but what really sets them apart from other foot creams is that they are made from authentic Dead Sea Brine. Instead of using distilled water, these creams are blended from the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, which have been long-reputed to have extensive healing powers. Sweet Communion is also made from the essential oils of lavender and ylang ylang to inspire feelings of relaxation via aromatherapy, and contains a hint of peppermint for a soothing sensation.
For the ultimate Sweet Communion foot care experience, try soaking your feet in a hot bath with Castle Baths’ Sweet Communion Dead Sea Mineral Foot Bath Salts. These salts are made from authentic Dead Sea Salt to detoxify and moisturize feet while relieving the day’s stress and pains. Like our foot creams, our foot salts are made entirely from natural ingredients with no added synthetic chemicals.
Regular use of foot salts and/or foot creams can also benefit people suffering from athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, or fatigue. For that matter, foot cream can benefit almost anyone who likes a good pampering at the end of a stressful day. Feel free to try our Bathsheba and Jubilee foot creams as well, and be sure to check back next week for more helpful information on skin care, beauty, and our products.
Our kids are growing up faster and have longer working years ahead of them than ever before – show your teenager how to naturally take care of their skin as well as relieve stress. After all, they will need this skill and this is advice that will be used on a daily basis (unlike some of your other advice)!
Sometimes, as adults, we forget how very stressful being a teenager can be. Hormones are all over the place, large decisions about where their life will head are coming up quickly and self-confidence is almost always an issue. Help your teen to be self assured, confident, and ready to face the changes and challenges that God has in store for them by teaching them how to relieve stress and protect their skin in a natural, healthy way.
It is imperative in the stressful, busy world we have brought our children into, that they learn how to relax and let stressful emotions go on a daily basis. Our Sweet Dreams scent can be found in several different product types (body wash, bath tea, aromatherapy oils, etc.) and will help your teen to relax, sleep well, and be ready for another day in their busy life.
Natural Skin Care
Nothing seems more important when you are a teenager than your appearance. If your teen suffers from lack of confidence in their skin appearance, it may be the kind of body wash or face wash that is being applied. See this video on the difference that a natural body wash makes versus a leading competitor’s body wash.
If you have a specific situation, and would like to discuss how our natural products could be used or applied to help, please contact us at (757) 788-8157 or by email.
Most of us do lead busy lives. We juggle full time (or more) careers, kids, friends, and family duties on a daily basis. Even our vacations are often packed full of events, sightseeing, or going somewhere. We have given rise to the idea that we now need a vacation from our vacations!
Do Your Feet Hurt at the End of the Day?
Our feet feel the brunt of our daily grind, as we rely on them to always be ready. We race around on high heels (which our feet probably consider torture devices), dashing to meetings, driving the carpool, being the soccer mom. Our poor feet are left to pay the price. So why not give them some time off? A nice relaxing foot soak in a bucket (if you don’t have time for a nice long bath), can go a long way to repairing the strain and stress of carrying you faithfully through each of your daily activities.
Our Bathsheba all natural Foot Bath Salts have a foot-drenching infusion that will cool and relieve your swollen, weary feet, while helping to reduce pain and inflammation, and melt away tension.
Sweet Communion Mineral Foot Bath Salts are ideal for soaking tired, sore feet. Restful feet are happy feet! This wonderful product has similar properties to the Bathsheba, but also moisturizes and detoxifies your feet.
Jubilee Mineral Foot Bath Salts will help to energize your feet and put the bounce back in your step! This product is ideal for itchy, dry feet, and even Athletes Foot. They will reduce redness and irritation of the bridge, heel, and toe joint areas, reduce soreness, and feed your skin with nutrients and minerals.
Sweet as candy, leaving your feet even sweeter…yet adding no calories to your diet! Our Castle Baths Spearmint Foot Scrub Candy is perfect for scrubbing, exfoliating, and moisturizing all in one. These little candies are very helpful for softening your heels, and are deliciously scented with Spearmint Essential Oil for a little aromatherapy while you soak.
Everyone likes getting Christmas gifts, but many of us enjoy giving them too. For those looking for a perfect gift this holiday season for the special ones in their list, check out the Lavender foot spa bath gift basket at Castle Baths. We know it’s Christmas time and there are many gift baskets available out there but this one is sure to make your head nod a ‘yes’.
The Castle Baths’ Lavender foot spa and bath gift basket is a set of lavender and ylang ylang mineral foot salts, mineral foot cream and a coffee bon bon with lavender essential oil. All this comes in a unique ice bucket and champagne bottle packing making it a Christmas gift you must buy for your loved ones. It contains the healthy minerals of dead sea, aromas of all natural lavender, energy of coffee and no chemicals. These ingredients in their purest form are pampering experts.
Spa and Bath Products- The most wanted Christmas Gifts
To gift a day of relaxation and freshness is a very thoughtful Christmas gift Idea. The Castle Bath spa gift baskets are loaded with the most gentle and natural spa products. These make a wonderful holiday gift and are made to leave both the giving and receiving ends happy. A warm, moisturized healthy bath for your dearest ones sure feels good.
Spa products store, Castle Baths offers an amazing range of foot care products. So treat your feet to some nourishing shea butter and sweetly scented foot care products from Castle Baths beauty product store. Now experience the right kind of pampering for your feet which walk you throughout the day.
Most of us ladies spend a lot of time and money to find that perfect sleek heels for our feet but does your feet wants to get into them? You might just be nodding a ‘no’ there.
Dry feet and cracked heels are enough to ruin your mood and neither expensive nor stylish footwear can ever make the annoying pain go away! Don’t just change into something comfortable, treat those hardworking feet to some very simple everyday foot care and pampering routines available at spa products store. The highly beneficial nutrients of the foot care products at natural bath products store help you enjoy gorgeous feet that would add some zing of your shimmering stilettos.
Castle Baths suggests some foot care basics
Soak your feet in warm water with added Dead Sea foot salts available at spa products store. Relax your mind while the bath salts work on to soften your feet.
Scrub your feet, specially the heels with a cream scrub. Helps remove the dead cells.
Apply moisturizers generously. Try the Sweet Communion Mineral foot cream to feel soft, smooth and beautiful looking feet!
Moisturize feet daily, exfoliate them while bathing, and just use foot care products from Castle Baths to keep your feet fresh and as soft as ever! No covering heels anymore. Wear the style of footwear you like. Get your foot care supplies now! These make wonderful holiday gifts as well!
In your daily regime, you tend to forget that your feet do all the walking, running, standing and sometimes even mopping. So where does the nourishment for your feet come? The answer to this is available at the bath and spa products. The foot spa products at CastleBaths.com are household cure for those tired heels, toes & soles.
Whether it is exfoliation, massaging or gentle care – the foot spa care gift baskets do all! The spa foot products gently exfoliate your foot skin making it soft and clearing away the ripped skin. They also prevent further cracking of heels. The spa foot care set allows pores to open helping them breathe..
Total Foot Spa Products – Some simple ways to take care
How would you like cracked and chapped heels if its a day out at beach with friends? You cannot wear shoes to a beach, Can you? Why to wait then? Care for your feet as you do for your face. If not much then at least :
Moisturize them everyday.
Keep them clean.
Take care of those first cracks and ripped skin.
Use the foot spa bath and spa products minimum once a week.
Dip them in hot water to relax them and yourself too.
These little efforts can avoid you greater embarrassments in front of family, friends or colleagues. Pick your favorite foot spa gift basket now! Or for someone you care for.
Have you been craving soft, supple and radiant skin but just don’t have the time for spa treatments and trips to the salon? Then at home facial spa products are just the thing for you. Bringing the goodness and relaxation of spas right into your home, these natural face treatment spa products make sure that you look and feel beautiful every single day.
Spa products like facial soaps, moisturizers, cleansers, toners, etc., make sure that you have even toned, younger looking and soft skin. Professional spa treatments are sometimes overly expensive and time consuming. If you are a lady on the go and worry about the well being of your skin, professional face treatment products are a definite respite. You can choose from a wide range of soaps, moisturizers, creams and masks depending upon your skin type and preferences.
Face treatment products – Buying the right ones
Fact treatment spa products are nowadays easily available, but before you pick some up, be sure to know your skin type and exactly what you want from them. There are different products for different skin types. Also, depending upon the user’s age, different face treatment products are recommended. Using natural face treatment products can be a very rewarding experience. If the products are right, and purchased with discretion, facial treatment products can give you radiant, soft and smooth skin which will shine from within!
If you want to buy 100% natural spa products and face treatment products, give CastleBaths.com a try, your one stop online bath and spa products store. We offer body moisturizers, bath and beauty products, oils, natural pet products and much more. When you buy bath and spa products from Castle Baths, you can be sure that you are getting the very best!