One of the worst aspects of winter is how dry the skin can get, and one body part that certainly feels it is the feet. It’s not uncommon for feet to become dry and cracked during the colder months leading for us to have to figure out how to heal them especially once the season is over and the warm sandal-wearing seasons make their approach. Feet can become painful and uncomfortable especially if you’re standing on them day-in and day-out, but it’s not something you have to continue to deal with. The following are some tips to help you fix your dry, cracked winter feet in time for the warmer weather.
Do Overnight Treatments
One option you have for healing your dry, cracked feet is to do overnight treatments. Slather healing ointment on your clean feet, put socks on, then sleep with them on overnight. You may not notice a difference overnight, but the more often you do it, the more the changes will likely be evident.
Stop Taking Hot Showers
Hot water feels great on the skin, but that doesn’t mean it’s good for it. It can strip the skin of natural oils and dry it out which can be even worse for feet that are already dry and cracked. Forgo the hot showers and stick to taking showers that involve lukewarm water instead.
Soak Them in Epsom Salts
Soaking your feet in Epsom salts can be incredibly relaxing, especially at the end of a long day. Consider giving yourself a mini pedicure. Soak your feet for at least ten minutes, wet a pumice stone, then gently go over the areas of your feet that are dry and cracked. Once you’re done, pat your feet dry, apply a rich moisturizer, then put socks on so the moisturizer has time to soak in and so you don’t track it all over your floor.
Keep Up with Moisturizing
Speaking of moisturizing, it’s a must to keep it up on a daily basis without fail. It’s ideal to apply moisturizer to your feet after you’ve showered while your skin is still damp, but you can also apply it throughout the day as well. Pay special attention to the dry and cracked parts of your feet that could use a little extra TLC.
Buy the Right Products
While it’s important to use moisturizer, you don’t want to use just any one on your skin. You should only use products that are specific to your skin type. For example, if you have sensitive skin, you should look for ointments and creams that state they’re ideal for those who have skin sensitivities. Before you apply any new product, make sure to first do a patch test to ensure that your body is going to be compatible with it.
Ideally, the best way to start healing your dry, cracked winter feet is to see a podiatrist which is especially important if you have any health conditions and/or foot issues. Rather than you having to guess what products and treatments may work, your podiatrist can immediately get you started on the right path.