Winter is a gruelling time of year for our skin. The combination of cold and dry air often wreaks havoc on your body if you don’t take the proper care to protect and hydrate it. And just because your feet are often tucked away in your comfy slippers or boots out of sight, doesn’t mean they should be out of mind.
Dry Air – Dry Feet
Feet can often suffer from excessive dry air. They can develop cracks and sores and even begin to bleed in some severe cases.
This winter, protect your feet and let them heal by incorporating a few of these simple tactics into your daily grooming routine.
Exfoliate with a Pumice Rock
At the end of your shower or after soaking in a bath, take a few extra seconds to use a pumice stone to rub over the bottom of your feet gently. This is a great way to exfoliate away any layers of dry skin and keep callouses from developing.
Soak Your Feet with Apple Cider Vinegar
Soaking your feet is a great way to hydrate the skin and avoid cracks from developing. The key is to avoid soaking them for too long, as they can end up drying out. Fill a basin with warm water and add in one-fourth cup of apple cider vinegar and soak for no more than 10 minutes. Apple cider vinegar has amazing properties within it that can help condition your skin, and even eliminate odours.
Moisturize with Shea Butter or Coconut Oil
Even if you moisturize your skin and feet regularly, when winter comes around, your lotion should change with the season, just like your wardrobe. Since the air becomes excessively dry and cold during winter, it’s important to swap out your light, oil-free lotion with thicker body butter. Shea butter and coconut oil are some of the best natural lotions to apply on your feet since they have strong hydrating qualities and a pleasing sweet odour.
Use Vaseline to Soothe and Heal
For more severe cases when your feet develop sore cracks along the bottom, Vaseline can help to really heal some of those areas. The best way to use it is by applying it after a shower or bath and massaging the Vaseline into your feet. Then put on socks and try to keep them on throughout the night. Even if you are only able to do this a few times per week, it can really help to moisturize and heal those cracks.
Don’t neglect your feet during the winter. Just because they are tucked away out of sight, doesn’t mean they should endure the winter without some proper care. If you have dry or cracked feet, try out a few of these simple solutions to see which one works best for you.