09 Dec, 2014
Winter Foot Care Tips – Top to Toe Skin Care for Winter
By Soap Blogger
The Great British winter may bring around a fair few annual treats, but it’s safe to say problematic skin isn’t one of them. When the big freeze sets in, much of the UK gets busy with the preventative measures and generally upped skincare regimes across much of the body – the feet for some reason seem to be something of an afterthought.
When you think about what your feet go through each winter, it’s hardly surprising that so many end up with dry, cracked, damaged and generally unsightly feet by the time the spring rolls around. Far from ideal when the season for open-toe shoes and sandals rolls around again, but usually quite preventable with a few simple skincare tips.
Here’s a quick overview of the safest and simplest tips to follow this winter for the sake of your hard-working feet:
Keeping your feet dry by wearing waterproof boots is of course important, but so too is choosing boots that allow your feet to breathe. Some boots keep water out while also allowing air to circulate, while others simply seal your feet in air-tight. In the case of the latter, the longer you wear this type of boot, the more damage your feet will suffer.
Pretend it’s Summer
Not literally, but if you’re in the habit of wearing sandals of flip-flops for the whole of the summer, you probably use a lot of moisturiser and other such goodies to keep your feet looking nice. This is also the way to go in the winter as while your feet might not be on-show for several months, there’s really no time of the year more important to lather on the moisturiser for the benefit of your skin.
Your feet will naturally amass quite a lot of dry, damaged and dead skin throughout the winter due to the punishment they go through. As such, it’s in your best interests to practice a regime of regular exfoliating followed by a large dose of moisture from an all-natural product.
Avoid Sudden Temperature Changes
When you’ve been out and about in the freezing cold for hours on end, it’s hard to resist the temptation to take off your shoes and warm your feet right in front of the red-hot fire the moment your walk in the door. Sadly, sudden changes in temperature can be extremely detrimental to skin health and lead to further dryness, cracking and general deterioration. When going from cold to warm or the other way around, try to do so in a slow and controlled manner.
Last up, don’t forget that walking on snow, ice and generally slippery surfaces can lead to additional rubbing and pressure on various areas of the feet. As such, it’s a good idea to invest in a few pairs of super-soft and protective winter socks to ensure that when things do get a little on the slippery side, the skin of your feet doesn’t pay the price.