Winter has just arrived and bring many skin related problems with it. However, somehow we manage to get rid off skin problems with regular facial and caring. But what about our foot care, we always ignore it as we do not consider foot as a part of our body. Dehydrated and the rough soles caused by bare-feet long walks are still visible and those blemished zones where the sandals had pinched you – doesn’t look very sexy, right?
- In the morning, apply a foot cream or foot spray with refreshing effects; in the evening, use soothing or calming creams and sprays.
- You need peeling for your soles at least once a week and also for the rest of your feet. After only 5 minutes of massaging with an exfoliating cream, your skin is returning to it’ s natural smoothness.
- Just as you offer your complexion cosmetic treatments of the best quality, your feet need the same spoiling. Dissolve bath frizzies or bath salts in your bathtub. It has a smoothing, calming and deodorizing effect.
- It’s hard to maintain your nails long during the winter. Your toes will hurt and the nails can ingrow. It’s a requirement to shorten them. The specialists recommend filing them. But if your nails are thicker, use the nail scissors or clipper.
- You want to fall asleep quick, forgetting all about daily stress? You want your feet to feel relaxed and rested? Try to massage them before going to sleep, using massaging butter or oil. If you don’t have such thing, it’s ok using a greasy cream or a super-nourishing gel.
- Your heels and the zone above are the driest parts of the skin. A special moisturizing cream, applied each evening after shower will help and prevent skin scaling or cracked heels.
- In winter, even well-kept soles need getting thickened skin removed. If the peeling creams or exfoliators doesn’t really work, foot files are the ideal solution.
Some Other Foot Care Tips
- Be certain that your shoes fit with room to wiggle your toes. Look inside your shoes before putting them on, in case there are any foreign objects hiding in there, such as gravel, that could cause sores or irritation. Wear clean well-fitting socks.
- Wash feet everyday and make sure that you dry them thoroughly. Inspect between your toes.
- Always cut nails straight across and then smooth the edges with an emery board. For ease in cutting toenails, trim them after your bath or shower.
- See a podiatrist for corns, calluses or ingrown toenails. Do not attempt to self-treat these conditions.
- If your skin is dry, apply cream or petroleum jelly to feet and heels, but avoid the area between your toes. If cream sits in the crevices it can waterlog the skin and make it more susceptible to infection.
- Try not to cross your legs when you sit down. This can limit circulation.
- Protect your feet from extremes in temperature. Keep bath water temperate in the 85-90 F degree range (30-32 C). If neuropathy is present, you may not be able to feel if the water is too hot, and burns could result. Never use heating pads or hot water bottles. Protect your feet from temperatures that are too cold, as well. Prolonged cold can decrease circulation even more.