If you live somewhere where winter temperatures are near freezing, you know how tough it can be on your skin and hair. Your feet also tend to take quite a beating in cold and dry weather, whether you’re indoors or outdoors. Here are some simple ways to take good care of your feet in the winter.
This may go without saying, but take the time to properly exfoliate your feet. This is a really important measure to have healthy, smooth and beautiful feet all year round. In the winter, you spend a lot of time with your feet in socks and shoes, which can lead to unwanted moisture. This often leads to a buildup of dead skin cells, so you need to exfoliate your feet to get rid of them. Many foot scrubs are available, or you can make your own, either with sea salt, another type of coarse salt, white or brown sugar.
Also use lotion
Lotion is a necessary tool to keep your feet moisturized. Maybe it’s a bit cold in winter, but it’s not raining or snowing, so you can still wear open shoes during the day. However, the weather is still dry in the winter, which can cause dryness on your feet. Use a lotion for your whole body every day to give it some moisture, but don’t forget your feet and toes.
Avoid wearing constricting shoes
While you want your feet to be moisturized, you don’t want the wrong kind of moisture. If your feet are sweating and you’re wearing constricting footwear, there’s not enough air circulation to keep them fresh and free from bacteria spreading. Try wearing socks that breathe, like cotton, and shoes that aren’t super tight. If you want to wear your heels for a night out with the girls or during an important work meeting, do that, but consider more practical shoes on a regular basis. This will really do wonders for your feet.
Clean your toenails
This may sound unsightly, but it’s possible that dirt and bacteria are hiding under your toenails without you realizing it. Every time you want to repaint your toenails, remove the old nail polish completely so you know if you need to clean the underside of them. After you have cleaned them thoroughly, you can then paint them again.