With this gloomy winter weather it’s easy to forget about taking care of our feet. Just because they’re hidden away in warm socks and boots all day doesn’t mean we can neglect them, if anything this weather means that we have to take extra special care to keep our feet happy and healthy. But worry not, the Pedicure Team have come up with five tips for keeping feet looking good under boots and socks, and feeling good whilst battling the winter chills!
Tip 1 – Socks
In order to keep your feet in top shape you need to let them breathe; wearing nylon socks prevent them from doing so. To ensure your feet are able to breathe and don’t get all sweaty and gross you should wear high quality wool or cashmere socks as they have thick insulation and are also breathable. Also make sure to carry a second pair of socks in case yours get wet, not only is it uncomfortable to wear wet socks all day but it’s really bad for your skin.
Tip 2 – Shoes
Make sure that your snow boots fit really well and have room inside for two pairs of socks for those really cold days. When you’re getting dressed in the morning make sure the shoes are completely dry from the day before to prevent skin irritation and in extreme cases frostbite.
Tip 3 – Moisturizer
Remembering to moisturize is one of the most important tips for keeping your feet looking and feeling great in the winter months. Try to moisturize twice daily, in the morning when getting dressed and in the evening before going to bed (remembering to wear cotton socks after moisturizing as this helps to absorb moisture). After showering you should wait two to three minutes before moisturizing, as this is when your feet will most effectively trap the moisture in. Some of our favorite moisturizers for your feet for winter are L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream, bliss Foot Patrol, and CLARISONIC Pedi-Balm Hydrating Balm.
Tip 4 – Foot Scrub
In the shower you should use a foot scrub one to two times a week as it helps to remove dead skin especially around the heel area, which makes it easier to moisturize.
Tip 5 – Showers
As nice as it feels to have a super hot shower when it’s freezing outside, you should try to have more lukewarm showers to avoid dehydrating your skin. In the shower use a pumice stone to remove dead skin. After your showers remember to pat your feet dry before moisturizing.
– Mette Jorgensen