How to Care for Your Feet in Winter Months
Just because it’s closed-toe shoe season doesn’t mean you get a free pass at neglecting to care for your feet. After all, there’s nothing worse than the feeling of cracked, irritated soles. We know the upkeep can come at a hefty price, so we’re making it easy for you. With the help of our guide, you can care for your feet right from the comfort of your own home. Ahead, find tips on how to put your best foot forward this season.
Spoiler – exfoliating isn’t just exclusive to the face. The act of sloughing off dead skin cells from the surface of the skin is the first step toward smooth skin, so of course it can be applied to improving the appearance of dry feet. Applying a physical exfoliator that is formulated to use on your feet is a great way to target the rough skin on the bottom and sides of your feet.
After you’ve exfoliated for skin smooth, soak your feet in warm water with coconut oil for extra hydration – more on coconut oil later. Once you’re finished soaking your feet you will notice that the calluses from your feet are significantly softer than before.
We can’t dedicate an article to winter skin care without name-dropping one of our favorite products in skin care: moisturizer. Get in the habit of moisturizing your feet while you’re moisturizing the rest of your body – it will make all of the difference. You can use a body lotion just fine, but if it’s been months since you’ve pampered your soles you might need a stronger formula. Try a moisturizer or balm that specifically caters to callused areas.
EMBRACE PUMICE STONE
We know we said exfoliating is a great first step at sloughing off dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, but you might need something more intense if you’re dealing with extremely dry, callused feet. An easy solution? Invest in a pumice stone. It can help buff out the rough areas of your feet, like the heels, caused by months of walking. Use it in the bath or shower once a week with a foot scrub or body wash to scrub off dead skin cell buildup.
DON’T NEGLECT YOUR NAILS
No matter how much time you spend primping your soles, refraining from up keeping your nails will counteract just about everything. Invest in cuticle oil to massage over your nails every night to hydrate the cuticles and skin surrounding your toenails.
CONSIDER USING FOOT POWDER
Between skiing down the highest mountains to ice skating on rinks, there’s a number of activities that you’ll likely take part in this season. The waterproof material from boots and warm socks can promote sweat, which can make your feet more prone to bacterial infections, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. To keep your feet staying clean and healthy, invest in a foot powder to apply to your feet before heading out the door.
APPLY COCONUT OIL AT NIGHT
Indulge in the power of coconut oil to pamper your feet with at the end of the day. Coconut oil is full of hydration and can be used as an overnight deep conditioner. To really lock in that hydration and prep your skin for the ultimate smoothness for the next morning, massage coconut oil to your feet and ankles until fully absorbed. Plus, it’ll even give your cuticles some extra hydration, too.
Speaking of cuticles – take advantage of closed-toe shoe season by going polish-free. The reason being: nail polish and artificial nails can put you at a higher risk for developing a nail fungus, according to the Mayo Clinic. To help prevent this incredibly inconvenient irritation, give your nails a breather and allow them to rest and repair this winter.