Cold winds, dry climates and constantly running in and out of heated buildings and snow covered cities can seriously do some damage to your skin. Frizzy hair and chapped lips typically come to mind when Winter starts approaching, so you might be shocked to know that inclement Winter weather is also responsible for…wait for it…cracked feet!
Yes ma’am; dry, cracked, sandpaper-like feet can occur even when sock-sporting weather is upon us. Moisturizing your tootsies on a regular basis may sound like a simple and quick task, but since you rarely see the skin in the socks it’s easy to forget about.
Lucky for you, I am here to bring your feet to the forefront, teach you how to get rid of cracked feet, and shame you for all that neglect.
Cause for Concern
I may have just told you that Winter months make cracked feet worse, but do you know why?
Thick, dry, dead skin cells are the result of neglect and are magnified once the weather gets frostier. Once the condition worsens, regular moisturizers can’t break through the barrier and bring your feet back to life.
So what is a gal to do? Listen to the master as we start at square one and begin to rebuild the hydration and natural moisture in your feet.
Spa Date for Two
Your two feet, that is! All you need is a few simple ingredients to start pumping the life back in those babies.
- 1 Cup Fresh Milk
- 5 Cups Warm Water
- 4 tablespoons of Raw Sugar
- ½ Cup of Oil – My top 3 faves are Baby, Almond or Coconut Oil
- Pumice Stone
- Toner with Salicylic Acid such as Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Astringent
- Thick Moisturizer
1. Pamper your feet in a warm pool of heated milk and water. Don’t over heat liquid or you’ll burn your poor toes. Let your feet relax for 5-10minutes; just enough time to soften up that dead skin.
Milk is a great moisturizer and surprisingly the lactic acid content also makes it a great natural exfoliant.
Quick sidenote: If you have toe nail fungus, add in a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to this bath and let it soak into your feet. Tea Tree Oil is a natural antibacterial/anti-fungal agent. If you suffer from more severe nail fungus, try the product Fungi Nail.
2. Now that your feet have had a little dip in the milk pool, it’s time to mix together the sugar and oil. Sounds like you’re baking a cake, doesn’t it?
In a circular motion, massage this scrub onto the bottoms of your feet. Focus on your most troublesome areas. The grainy composition of sugar makes for a great exfoliant, while the oil moisturizes and repairs skin damage. Be sure not to massage too hard into your feet or you will make the problem worse.
3. Leave the foot scrub on and gently pumice the bottoms of your feet. Pumice is made from volcanic glass, so be gentle. Use quick, back and forth strokes to sluff off that dead skin and reveal the new, smooth skin underneath. Once you’ve completed this step, rinse off your feet and towel dry.
4. This step is nice and quick. Soak a cotton ball with your salicylic acid toner of choice and let it air dry. This last minute exfoliation will really help bring out your smooth skin.
5. Now that you’re all smooth, slather on that thick moisturizer and pull on a pair of socks. This process may take up to 4 hours but it will be worth the wait. When you step out of those socks your feet will be one step closer to pedicure-ready.
Since we’re talking about pedicures, might I suggest using Deborah Lippman Happy Birthday nail polish. It’s fun, sparkly and lasts!
Follow this formula religiously for at least a week and you’ll really start to see the difference. Even though Winter is for bundling up, it sure doesn’t hurt to look good when those clothes come off, so take pride in yourself from head to toe; literally!
Now I want to hear from you! Do you have any tips on how to get rid of cracked feet? Share your tricks, tips, and recipes in the comment section below.