My feet often bear the brunt of the changing seasons. The dry skin leads to the cracked heels that don’t look very nice! Just moisturising the feet is not a solution, you need to take proper care of your feet to not just keep it soft and clean, but also keep the cracked heels at bay.
Getting the right foot care tips for this winter
Get rid of the rough skin
I don’t have the time for a pedicure and what I do everyday is use the IHA boro heal soap that has a loofah in it to clean my feet and get rid of the dead cells. The loofah scrubs the dead skin while the mild soap cleans the feet. You can follow this process with a scrub for your foot. You can also purchase a good quality pedicure kit that will help you with the entire foot care process.
My tip: Just moisturising dead skin does not help! It will just accumulate the dirt and make your feet look worse. Get rid of it with a loofah or a scrub.
Soak the feet
Don’t have a foot salt? No worries. Pour a cup of rock salt and a few drops of essential oil in the bucket of warm water (or as hot as you can take it) and dip your feet in it. I have a ready stock of Omved foot soak and the Rosemary Mint Bath Salt at home and if I ever run out of that supply, I have my stash of EO’s and rock salt at home that come to my rescue. Soak your feet for at least 10 minutes. Towel dry your feet gently.
My tip: Don’t have any of the ingredients mentioned above? Just add your favourite shower gel to the water and soak your feet in it.
Remove the dead skin
When you take your feet out of the water, the rough patches would have softened. Take a foot brush, a soft pumice stone or a scrub to clean the rough patches. Soak your feet in the water again and massage it for a minute.
My tip: Keep the metal scrubbers away and remove the skin gently. Slough off the dead skin and soak your feet in water for about a minute.
A super easy foot scrub that takes less than a minute to make. Mix a little sugar with olive oil. Add two drops of your favourite EO to it. I prefer the lavender or the peppermint EO. Use this scrub to massage and scrub your fet. Scrub your feet in circular motions. The sugar in the scrub will exfoliate your feet while the oil will soften your skin and moisturise it.
Use a foot mask
Wrap your feet in a nourishing foot mask after your have cleaned it. Take one ripe banana and mash it with the back of a fork. Add the juice of one lemon to it. Apply as thick layer on your feet. Let it stay for about 10 minutes and wash it with warm water. Pat dry your feet.
My tip: This is a messy mask! So ensure that you have an old towel that you may want to discard or a sheet of newspaper below your feet to avoid getting the floor messy.
Use a thick cream to moisturise your feet. I use a body butter or a foot oil to massage my feet for about two minutes. Cover your feet with soft socks. Using an oil or thick moisturiser like a body butter keeps your feet hydrated for a long time.
Caring for your feet should be an important part of your regime. These easy foot care tips will ensure that you have soft feet all through the winter.