Winter can be a difficult time for foot care and health. Whether you are susceptible to dry skin, have diabetes, or anything in between, it is essential to take the necessary steps to keep your feet looking and feeling their best during the colder months.
How To Care for Your Feet During Winter
Arguably, the most important thing you need to do on a regular basis is moisturising, which is one of those things that can solve most issues you will face this Winter. It doesn’t matter if you wear Crocs and socks, boots, or go barefoot; you need to moisturise.
One of the best tricks you can do to give your feet the ultimate moisture treatment is to apply moisturiser before bed, apply a layer of Vaseline or petroleum jelly, and slip on a pair of socks. This will lock the moisturiser in and leave your feet feeling incredible the next day.
If you have a build-up of dry skin or want to get healthy layers of skin to the surface, you need to exfoliate. Much like exfoliating your face, this process can lessen and eliminate dry skin in a matter of days.
A simple home remedy is to fill a foot bath or tub with warm water and add Epsom salts. Once the skin has softened, use a foot file or pumice stone to remove the excess.
If your moisturising routine isn’t doing the job, foot masks are another useful tool when combating dry skin. They are jam-packed with moisturiser, and regular use can completely change even the most dehydrated feet.
Cuticle & Nail Care
Don’t forget to take care of your cuticles and nails, too. Your cuticle skin can dry out incredibly quickly, and many people tend to forget about their nails for long periods due to simply not seeing their feet for most of Winter.
Moisturise your toes as well, and do your regular nail care routine, such as cutting and shaping your nails. Since you will be wearing socks and shoes for most of Winter, your nails can become damaged and ingrown if they become too long because they have nowhere to go.
You also need to pay attention to your shoes during the Winter, as there are a few issues that can arise if you don’t take protective steps.
To protect your nails, ensure your shoes are slightly bigger than normal. You are going to be wearing thick socks on a regular basis, and your feet and nails need room to move and breathe.
Breathability is tricky in Winter, especially if you live somewhere that gets very cold. You want your feet to be warm, but you also need to allow them to breathe to prevent the possibility of fungal infection.
While it is tempting to completely shield your feet from the cold, not wearing shoes and wearing breathable socks as much as you can will make a world of difference.
Keep Them Dry
Once again, to avoid the spread of a fungal infection, always make sure that your feet are as dry as possible. Sweat build-up is common during the Winter and can easily lead to fungal infection if not dealt with quickly.
Natural Fibre Socks
Natural fibre socks may not feel as warm as synthetic socks, but they are superior when it comes to breathability and will still do the job of keeping your feet warm if you wear the right shoes.
Dry Your Shoes & Clean Socks
Finally, if you live somewhere that gets a lot of rain or snow during the Winter, always ensure to keep your shoes dry and to change your socks every day. Leaving your shoes in the cupboard isn’t enough either; if it has been a particularly wet or snowy day, place them next to the fire or heater for as long as possible.
While this may be difficult for some, going barefoot is a great way to give your feet the air they need when it is cold. While you should ensure that your house is warm or heated to prevent them from drying out, going barefoot can balance moisture and dryness.
Warm, Not Hot, Showers
Many studies have shown how your skin will react badly to hot showers compared to warm showers. The hot water strips away moisture at a rapid rate, and this can make your dry feet problem even worse.
Keep Your Feet Clean
Another essential tip is always to ensure that your feet are clean. Once again, they spend so much time in socks and shoes that dirt and bacteria are bound to build up. This is another common reason for getting a fungal infection in many people.
Instead, you don’t have to do anything special or different; clean your feet while bathing, and also clean them if your shoes and socks have become wet. Then, slip on a clean pair of socks, and you are good to go.
These are a few of the quick and simple tips and tricks you can use to keep your feet looking their best, as well as remaining healthy and happy no matter how cold it gets.
What’s your go-to winter foot care tip, or do you have a unique method not mentioned here? Share your winter foot care routines and ideas in the comments below.
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