7 tips for silky smooth feet
Winter is well and truly upon us. And with our feet hiding in socks and boots, it’s easy to forget about them and let the skincare routine lapse.
So, here are our top 7 tips to help you maintain silky smooth feet over the winter months.
1. Get to know your feet
First things first – decide what kind of skin do you have: Sore? Rough? Dry? Cracked? Sweaty? Do your heels split in sandals? Do your toes blister in boots? Listen to your feet.
2. How much do you want to do this?
Unless you’re one of the lucky few that have perfect skin, taking care of the skin on your feet is a task that needs to be done regularly. I know, I know! We start off with the best of intentions and then we forget to do it.
Have a think about your existing habits and routine: your bedtime ritual, or your morning schedule. Is there a way to include your foot care in an already established routine?
3. Get the moisture balanced
If your feet are too dry you need to add moisture. And the best way to do that is to use cream. Every. Single. Day.
A great time to put cream on is after a shower/bath because your skin has a high water content and the cream helps to hold the moisture in for longer. But more important than applying after a wash is that it’s applied regularly.
If your feet are sweaty you need to dry them up. Again, this is something that needs to be treated regularly. There are a couple of things you can do for sweaty feet.
Using an astringent or antiperspirant regularly can help to manage excessive moisture levels. If neither of these works then we suggest you see your GP who may refer you further dermatology advice or, in the worst cases, a sympathectomy (a surgical procedure which ‘switches off’ the nerves that control sweating).
4. Soak and scrub for soft skin
Rough, thickened or hard skin is best managed by regular exfoliation. Given that foot skin is tough stuff (it has to be, considering it carries you about), the exfoliation needs to be a few steps up from what you would use on your face.
Forget the exfoliating creams and lotions – you’ll wear away your hands before you see any effect on your feet! What you need is something rough (and NOT sharp) that you can rub on your feet, like a pumice stone or file. It can be done anytime but during or after a shower/bath is the best time to do this because your skin is softer and the dead skin will be easier to remove.
5. Get the right products for you
The skin on your feet is thicker than anywhere else on your body - a light body lotion just won’t do it. Invest in a good quality foot cream. You don’t need to break the bank either – between £5-£10 is usually enough to get you a decent quality cream.
If you have really dry skin or cracked heels pick up some cream with Urea in it. This is the magic ingredient that gently but effectively softens your skin.
File or rasp? Whichever you’re comfortable using. As long as it gets used regularly!
And no razors please - if you go too far with a razor you could cause scarring.
Astringents are great for toning up the skin on your feet and they need to be applied regularly to be effective. They work by shrinking the sweat glands thereby reducing the amount of sweat they produce. How often you do this depends on how sweaty your feet get; from once or twice a day to a couple of times a week.
Antiperspirants are also great for reducing sweat production. These work by blocking the flow of sweat to the skin. There are different types and strengths of antiperspirants - speak to your pharmacist to see which would be the best one for you to try.
6. Get it right for you
It may take some time, as well as some trial and error before you find out what products and routines are best for your feet and for you.
Try not to chop and change too quickly. Your skin takes time to recover and find its balance.
Make sure that you try a new product or routine for at least a month before you make a decision on whether or not it’s working for you.
7. Get professional help
Podiatrists are THE experts on feet. If you’re embarking on a new footcare adventure, it’s good to talk about it.
A podiatrist can:
- give you a foot health check and let you know exactly what needs to be done to get your feet the best they can be;
- help maintain foot health with podiatry treatments
- help motivate you to make good choices
Why not make adopting a new footcare regime one of your New Year’s Resolutions? Take control, stick to your new habits and before long, you’ll be taking care of your feet effortlessly and on autopilot!
Foot pain can range from mild to severe and you may not suffer all-day-every-day. But it shouldn’t be ignored. Contact Five Little Piggies via our website or call us on 0141 613 1113 for an initial consultation and let us take care of your feet.