Why You Should Never Use Retinoids in the Morning
And 11 other crazy (but true!) facts that prove timing really is everything in your health and beauty routines
Why: Your feet are smallest and truest to their genuine size first thing in the morning because, throughout the day, walking and standing causes your feet and ankles to swell to a bigger size. According to podiatrist Phillip Vasyli, chairman of Vionic shoes, it's important to buy shoes that fit this true size to avoid going up shoe sizes over time.
If you try on new shoes in the afternoon or evening, when your feet are most swollen from bearing your weight all day, you'll find they tend to slip the next morning. "This causes rotation in the ankles and poor distribution of weight, which further swells the feet in an attempt to fill that shoe," says Vasyli. "But when you wear a shoe that fits the foot at its proper size, the shoe actually helps pull or bind the foot together. If you keep the foot in a certain shape, it maintains that shape."
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