Winter is almost here and the cold weather is already having its consequences on our bodies, especially our skin.And that is why we should take extra care of it. The parts of our skin which are most exposed to the cold weather, like the hands and face, suffer the most. But there is also one other part of the skin, and this is the feet. In the winter people often have to cope with cracked heels problem and that is why today we have decided to share some important information about keeping your heel skin soft and healthy, despite the winter.
#1 Moisturize well
If you want to have soft and healthy skin, and this includes every part of your body, you need to keep it well-moisturized. The drier one’s skin is, the more it will be unpleasant in touch. The same it is with cracked heels. Even though sometimes the reason for cracked heels it is not the cold weather, but uncomfortable shoes, like high heels, or walking barefoot sometimes in the summer, one of the ways you can make it “alive” again is to hydrate it.
Make sure that you apply moisturizing cream before going to bed. There are special feet creams, or you can also use petroleum jelly, which is very greasy. This means that it will nourish and moisturize your feet skin even more.
The best time for applying moisturizer is before going to bed. The reason for this is simple. First, you will feel good this way, because moisturizers, especially the strong ones, do not absorb fast into the skin. And you have to wait for some time. And in this case it means if you apply moisturizer on your heels at some point during the day, you will feel uncomfortable if you have to put on some shoes or walk around the house in slippers. This may also cause some of the moisturizer to be swiped off by the shoes, or even the floor.
If you decide to apply the moisturizer in the morning, for example, because you have forgotten to do it before going to bed, make sure that you massage your feet well first, and then put on some thick socks. They will keep the moisturizer in your feet and will not allow your feet to get slippery. And since we have mentioned socks, here is the other thing you should do to deal with cracked heels.
#2 Wear thick socks
As we have already mentioned, the bitter cold is not the only reason for cracked feet. Your feet are this part of your body which supports the whole of it. And basically it should be the strongest one. Some people claim that the more you weight, the harder you will make the job of your feet. And this will result in cracked heels. So, watching your weight is another way to help your heels.
And if you want to protect your heels make sure that you wear comfortable shoes as well. Also do not forget about the socks. They are very important in protecting your skin, especially if they are very thick. They will keep your feet warm and will insulate your skin from any bumps on the floor that may hurt your feet and cause cracks in the skin.
Every girl should know how to exfoliate her skin and why this is important. Exfoliation is a famous and easy method for removing dead skin cells and to increase the blood flow in this part of the body. This will lead to warming up of the skin and to its healthier condition. There are special tools which are used especially for removing dead heel skin, like electric pexfoliators, or you can just use the ordinary pumice stones.
Exfoliate your heels with one of the tools when you are taking a bath, and then wash them. After you finish with your shower, apply relatively big amount of moisturizer on your heels and you are ready for bed. You do not need to do this procedure very often. Once a week, or once in two weeks is perfectly fine to keep your heels soft and strong.
You also need to remember that it is not necessary to spend hours exfoliating your feet skin, because if you remove too much of it, there is a chance that you irritate it as well, and to feel a bit painful when you walk the next time. So, when you notice that your heel skin is turning a bit red and warm, and when in touch is soft and smooth, it means that it is time to stop with the exfoliation. And remember that it is not necessary to do it very often, just when you notice that your skin is getting thicker and rougher.