In continuation to the ‘Winter Care Tips’ series, Today I am sharing with you some advices on how to take care of your feet in winter. During this season, in addition to dry patches on feet, heels crack and skin near toe edges become firm and dead. This is just the beginning of the season and those who do not pay attention to these initial red flags might suffer from worsened painful scenarios. Even if you have been suffering from cracks for years, believe me with consistent efforts and diligence it is possible to totally prevent them from surfacing rather treating them after things slip out of hands. You just need to be as attentive and disciplined for your feet as you are for your face. I am sure on a daily average basis you must be spending 15 minutes (or close to that) on face for that fresh and beautiful look. I am not saying that you should spend 15 minutes on feet but even if you devote 7 minutes to your feet daily you can completely avoid feet problems. Read further to know what little things can bring big difference to your feet health.
1) While bathing make sure that you spend 2 minutes on your feet. Scrub them using pumice stone, and clean with soap or body wash- whatever product you use for bathing. Focus on dead skin of heels and toe edges. Dead skin becomes soft and vulnerable under water so it becomes easier to get rid of it at that time. The effort required to remove wet dead skin is quite less as compared to when it is dry. When you start following this routine on daily or even alternate day basis your heels become softer and crack-free.
2) If you can afford a minute or 2 extra then also clean your toe nails using a soft angular brush. Dirty toe nails look bad but you can always cover them with nail polish. So if you cannot clean them daily then make a habit of doing so at least on weekends.
3) It is also important to moisturize feet after shower. I know, moisturizer does not penetrate completely in damp skin but it definitely helps in retaining the moisture that is lost in cleaning and scrubbing. Plus, as I have said in winter hand care post hot water soaks more moisture and cause dry patches so in winter it becomes essential to briefly massage feet with moisturizer after bath.
4) Just like your brain your feet get damn tired by the end of day so pamper them with a good 5- 10 minutes massage before you go to bed. You can utilize your TV time for this routine, while you watch TV keep massaging your feet and hands. This massage will not only keep your feet moisturized but also help in getting you a sound sleep. Try this and you will see the difference in your sleep quality . To moisturize your feet even more you can wear cotton or woolen socks overnight.
5) If possible set up a weekly routine for mini pedicure. Mini pedicure: while you are in shower, using pumice stone remove the dead skin and scrub them with moisturizing foot (or body) scrub. After shower moisturize your feet. If you are diligently following step 1 and step 3 then this step is not that mandatory but in case you get lazy for those 2 steps then make it a point that you do mini-pedicure weekly.
6) Again drink loads and loads of water (you know – minimum 3-4 liters), I totally stick by this advice.
7) For winter season, always go for moisturizer that is meant for dry skin. You can also use petroleum jelly for feet massage, and afterwards cover them with socks overnight.
I hope you will get benefit from these tips, and will have soft and smooth feet free of cracks and dry patches. If you religiously do all these things I bet you will see prominent difference in just 2 weeks.
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