Treat Your Winter Feet With These Nourishing Remedies
Feet are easy to ignore but the truth is that we owe them a great deal. They take us where we want we go, offer a solid platform on which to stand, and support every step, always propelling us forward. Isn’t it time we show some love to one of the hardest working parts of our body? Today Dr. Brandon Holloway and Dr. Travis Holloway of Amarillo Foot Specialists are sharing some ideas on how to give your feet a treat, especially in cold or dry climates.
1. Pamper your feet with a foot bath. Using a large pot, your bathtub, or a foot bath, enhance some Epsom salts with a few drops of your favorite essential oils in water and let the pampering begin. The magnesium from the Epsom salts relieves sore muscles and helps them relax, while the essential oils improve the experience and make it feel special.
2. Use a foot scrub or pumice stone in the shower. While it's tempting to slough off all your calluses at one time, chances are they'll return with a vengeance. Make a daily habit out of smoothing out your calluses and dry skin with a scrub or pumice stone. Doing this for a few minutes each day will make a substantial difference in the texture and appearance of your feet.
3. Don't moisturize your feet when they’re dry. Trying to moisturize feet when they aren't ready is one of the biggest mistakes people make. People who use face oil always use a toner or apply oil to moist skin. The same principle is true for foot care - moisturizing treatments should be applied on feet that are slightly moist from the shower so the barrier of the skin is hydrated before it's sealed with lotion.
4. Treat your feet to a foot mask. Purchase a hydrating mask for your feet and leave it on overnight, while wearing thick socks. Apply a generous amount of the calming cream to your feet following a warm bath or shower while your feet are still damp and cover with a sock.
5. Use cuticle oil on your toes. Don't neglect your toenails, especially if you're an active person. While this may seem trivial, think about your toenails - unless you receive routine pedicures, they may be the most ignored part of your body. Keep toenails clipped and moisturize your cuticles. Coconut oil works well for this because it's antibacterial and antimicrobial.
If you’re secretly hiding your feet now that boot season is upon us, you’re not alone. But you don’t have to hide your feet - follow these tips from Dr. Brandon Holloway and Dr. Travis Holloway of Amarillo Foot Specialists and give them the care they need. For any foot concerns or problems you may be experiencing, call our office today to schedule a consultation.