When your feet are all squashed up in boots and sneakers all day long, it’s tempting to skip the regular spa Pedi… but what if the harsh, dry weather rips off their charm and leaves behind dry, cracked heels. Of course, your uber chic boots and roman sandals can cover up those hideous cracks and dull skin, but they don’t just look ugly, they are awfully painful too!! You need to fix them in time.
If expensive pedicures are out of your reach, why not shower them with a bit of pampering and keep them silky smooth, soft and pretty. With a little precaution and tricks at home, you can keep your feet happy all through this nippy season.
Sock It Up
As compared to the other parts of your body, the skin on your feet is thicker and therefore needs intense moisturizing and extra nourishment to keep them soft and supple. Every night before you hit the sack, clean your feet and give them a gentle massage with a generous dollop of coconut oil, petroleum jelly or foot cream and tuck them in a pair of thick cotton socks. Believe me, it is relaxing and comforting, your feet will love you for this great anti-crack and crack prevention remedy!
15 Minutes DIY Pedicure
So you don’t have time for a salon visit and your pedicure is due from a long time? Let’s get it done at the comfort of your own home. Dissolve bath frizzies or bath salts in a bucket full of warm water and soak your feet for some time, delight yourself with its soothing calming effect till you’re your soles are softened. Then use a foot file or pumice stone to chop off all the thickened dead skin on every nook and cranny of your feet. Seal the moisture with a greasy foot cream, Shea Butter or Body oil, and use your favorite nail polish to finish your mini pedicure.
Scrub It Off
With a gentle exfoliation once or twice a week, your dull scaly feet may transform to the silkiest, softest pair of footsies. You may get yourself a commercially available foot scrub or make one on your own. I enjoy making my own foot scrub with a handful of granulated sugar and a tsp of lemon juice and glycerin. Massage this mix on your feet for about five to ten minutes and then wash it off to unveil smooth, pink and shiny feet.
Clip Away Those Nails
Since your toes are packed in boots all day long, it’s hard to maintain long nails during winters. Walking with such tightly packed shoes all day long may hurt your toes especially when you have long nails and this may also lead to ingrown nails. Also, it would be difficult to clean the dirt trapped in the corner of your nails. So, keep your nails clean and short this winter.
Quick Tips to Pamper Your Feet
- Use a nail buffer for smoother shinier nails, it will make your nail polish to last longer as well
- Rub your feet over glass balls or pebbles while still in shower, your feet will love that.
- If your nails have turned yellow or stained due to excessive use of dark nail polishes, do apply an anti yellowing coat before applying your favorite nail polish.
- If your feet are tired after an exhausting day at office, try using a refreshing and soothing blood circulation improving gel.
- Cracked heels may sometimes result from vitamin A and B deficiency; have a healthy, balanced diet.
Avoid wearing synthetic fiber stockings.