Feet are perhaps the most neglected and unloved part of our body. Imagine someone who is looking flawless, right from hair and make-up to clothes and accessories. Shift the focus to their feet and horror of horrors! The feet don’t seem to be belonging to the same person.
Our feet withstand the most while carrying our weight, being confined in elegant, high-heeled footwear and the changing weather. While winter accompanies with the license to hide your ‘not so good-looking’ feet inside the shoes, it is time you should be giving more care to them.
As the temperature alters the skin is left hot or cold. When your feet feel cold, it means the blood supply to the top layers of the skin has been reduced to preserve heat. No wonder they get as dry as our chapped lips–even without being exposed to the elements.
- Clean the feet with regular shampoo and dry with a towel.
- Use moisturizing cream to soften the skin
- Apply a thick coat of lotion/ petroleum jelly/ olive oil and wear a soak before going to bed
- Wearing socks in winter may keep your feet warm, but it may also cause sweating and create bacterial infections and bad smells. This is why it is essential to use foot powder and cotton socks to prevent sweating.
- Use comfortable shoes. Tight footwear can decrease blood flow, making it harder to keep your feet warm and increasing the risk of frostbite.
- Dry your boots and shoes out before going back outside. Be sure to dry them out thoroughly. This will help prevent your feet from getting cold quickly as well as prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria.
- Having a warm footbath is essential every week in winters. Soak the feet in a tub or bucket filled with warm water for 20 minutes. Add a little bit of shampoo and conditioner; it will help to remove dead skins and dirt and moisten the skin.
- Clean the nails with a nail file and nail trimmers.
- Rub the heels with a soft pumice stone. Do not use the metal foot scrubbers that are available in the market.
- Soak a towel in warm water and wrap the feet in the towel for 5 minutes.
- Apply foot scrub (a mixture of olive oil, lemon, and white sugar) and gently rub on the skin.
- Apply foot mask (a mixture of ripe banana and juice of 1 lemon) and leave for 10 minutes before washing off with luke-warm water.
- Finally, apply a thick coat of moisturizer/ petroleum jelly/ olive oil before you proceed with your day’s work.
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