Winters come as bliss and relief from the scorching heat and irksome October humidity. But the cold weather tends to make the skin dry, scaly, stretchy and dull. Often, we take care of our face but forget to pay equal attention to our feet. This leads to those ugly and painful cracked heels and feet.
In this article we have rounded up a few tips to keep your feet healthy and soft during winters:
Simple Pedicure at Home:
Step 1: Get a Loofah to Exfoliate
Exfoliation is not just meant for your face but also for your feet (in fact entire body). Using a natural loofah made of dried fruit fibres you can easily get rid of all the dead skin and bring out the fresh and soft skin.
Get a loofah and soak it in warm water for about 10 minutes to make it moderately soft for use
Also soak your feet in warm water for about 15 minutes, after which you must scrub off the dead skin from the feet
You can also add a few drops of your shower gel and favourite essential oil to pamper your feet
After gentle exfoliation for about 5 minutes, finish with a splash of cold water and wash your feet thoroughly.
Step 2: Nourish Your Feet
After you are done with the exfoliation, the next step is to nourish your feet to make them supple and beautiful. You can choose from a number of masks mentioned in the later part of this article.
Step 3: Pamper with a Moisturizer
Once you are done with both the steps, it’s time for a relaxing foot massage using a good moisturiser.
Simply follow this inexpensive routine once or twice a fortnight and you will never have to get embarrassed with ugly and unkempt feet.
Home Remedies for Cracked Heels
Glycerin is one of the best and inexpensive moisturisers while rose water contains vitamin A, B3, C, D, and E as well as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties.
Soak your feet in this mixture for almost 20 minutes and using a pumice stone, gently scrub off the dead skin cells. Once done, pat your feet dry and apply a good moisturiser.
Vegetable Oils such as olive oil, sesame oil, almond oil, coconut oil and grapeseed oil are natural moisturizers and are widely used to prevent and treat cracked heels.
Massage your feet with a mixture of all these oils for about 10 minutes and then put on a pair of thick cotton socks. It is highly recommended that you follow this regime at bedtime so that the oils can work while you are asleep.
The enzymes and other compounds of the fruits help soften the cracked heels naturally.
Simply make a paste of a banana, coconut and avocado and apply it on your feet. Let it dry for about 15 minutes and wash it off with warm water. And, as a thumb rule, after you pat it dry, apply a thick coat of moisturiser.
If you already have cracked heels, this oatmeal and jojoba oil preparation can be your ultimate saviour. They are both moisturizing and work towards overall good health of the skin.
Take a tbsp of oatmeal powder and make a thick paste using jojoba oil. Apply this paste on your feet and leave it for half an hour. Rinse it off with cold water and pat dry, followed by moisturiser.
This rice flour scrub is a wonderful exfoliator that can help you slough off the dead skin. Using the following ingredients, create a foot soak:
Soak your feet in warm water for about 15 minutes and gently scrub it with this paste to remove the hard dead skin. After you pat dry your feet, do not forget to follow it with a thick layer of moisturiser.
The acidic property of lemons can help soften rough cracked heels while Vaseline can nourish them. Before you apply this mixture, just make sure your feet are clean (using warm water) and dry.
To 1tsp Vaseline (petroleum jelly) add the juice from a lemon and rub this mixture into your feet especially heels. As this mixture is a little sticky, you can put on a pair of socks and wash it off in the morning.
Now that you know how to take good care of your feet, you can enjoy winters and say goodbye to those ugly and painful cracked heels. Just keep in mind that prevention is always better than cure, so act early and keep your feet beautiful and supple.