foot care in winter

Let’s be honest with ourselves — in winter it’s easy to falter in foot care. It’s cold and more likely than not, our feet are in Uggs, bean boots, or thick fuzzy socks, so it’s easy to neglect them. But taking care of your feet is important year round. Imagine your hubby surprises you with a tropical vacation in the middle of winter, but you haven’t been taking care of your feet. No one wants to wear sneakers to the beach, so I’m sharing my routine along with a few tips to help you maintain fabulous feet when it’s cold outside.

This winter I made a concentrated effort to treat my feet with TLC, and so far I’m absolutely loving the results.

I scrub my feet weekly with Hydropeptide’s active scrub. Use the code DOCTOR-IP for a special discount. This is probably easiest to do on the weekends; especially if you’re a working mom dealing with the hustle and bustle of both your home and your job.

Every night, I use either lactic acid cream to exfoliate or urea cream to rehydrate and moisturize. If you’re in need of these products I highly recommend Amlactin cream (aff) for your dose of lactic acid and Exicipal cream (aff) for urea.

I seal everything in with good old fashioned Vaseline, and while this isn’t mandatory, I like to treat myself with a monthly pedicure and a callus scrub.

But this is my routine, and different things work for different people — so here are some more general tips that you can apply and try at your own discretion:

This seems obvious enough, but you’d be surprised how many people can forget to moisturize their feet — especially in the winter when it’s too cold to have them out. But regularly moisturizing your feet is absolutely essential to keeping your feet sexy year round. A new moisturizer that I have recently fallen in love with is Gold Bond Radiance Renewal cream (aff). It contains a wonderful blend of African Shea butter, Cocoa Butter, and Coconut Oil, and works to hydrate and gently exfoliate the skin.

Exfoliating your feet for a minute or two in the shower every day helps keep your feet fresh by both cleansing your feet of dirt and bacteria and removing dead skin. This is as easy to forget as it is to do, so do yourself a favor and keep your exfoliator right by the rest of your everyday shower products like your body wash and shampoo.

Massaging your feet can actually increase blood flow and as a result, keep the skin on your feet much healthier. Feel free to delegate this task to your significant other!!

Pumice Stones are great for smoothing out the more stubborn, hardened parts of feet — but use them sparingly so you don’t irritate your skin.

If you’re experiencing excessively dry skin, your issue may not be seasonal. Extremely dry feet can be symptomatic of fungus, psoriasis and eczema, so if none of these treatments seem to do the trick I highly recommend seeing a medical professional.

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