It’s no secret that in summer, we tend to shave a little more often and spend time making pretty toes with a fresh pedicure. After all, shorts and sandals look much better when we’re freshly groomed, right? Although we don’t like to admit it, in winter we tend to drop the ball a tiny bit and our pretty toes are the first to get neglected as they get hidden away in socks and boots for the next 5 or so months.
The trick to pretty toes in summer is to nurture and care for them through the cold of winter, so that they’re already prepped for those strappy sandals when the sun rolls in. So here are 3 tips from Mom Moments with Megan Kelly on how to love your feet through winter in those rare mom moments.
In the summer, if you live by the ocean, we have the help of sandy beaches and the salt of the sea which naturally helps to exfoliate your feet. In winter, we need to take special care to exfoliate and slough away the dry and dead skin from our feet. Try mixing equal parts sugar and coconut oil and gently massaging the scrub into your feet after soaking them in warm water. The sugar granules will help exfoliate the rough skin from your feet, while the coconut oil will absorb into the skin and help soften and hydrate dry skin.
If you’re wanting to try something new, add a few drops of essential oils, like peppermint oil to soothe tired and sore feet or lavender oil to help you relax after a long day. If you suffer from athlete’s foot or dry patches, try a few drops of tea tree oil, which is a great natural anti-bacterial that helps treat common skin problems.
Trim your nails
It’s been proven that women tend to suffer with in-grown toe nails more often in winter than in summer, simply because boots and socks irritate the nails when we don’t take the time to trim them. You don’t have to get a pedicure nearly as often in the cooler months, but don’t use it as an excuse to skip them entirely. Take some time out to trim them neatly, being sure to cut your nails straight across to avoid painful in-grown toe nails.
Another important thing to consider when avoiding in-grown toe nails, especially during winter when we wear closed-shoes, is ensuring that you’re wearing the right sized shoes. It seems silly saying that, because of course we know our shoe-size, right? Most people believe that their feet are narrower than they really are, which sees them buying the wrong size more often than not; leading to foot related issues like blisters, bunions and of course in-grown toe nails.
PRO-TIP: Go shoe shopping in the afternoon, as feet swell throughout the day. Be sure to pick shoes that are appropriate for what you plan on doing.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Cracked skin can sometimes be very painful and leave you feeling uncomfortable. Don’t miss out on the fun because of dry skin that can easily be avoided. In winter, it’s important to look for products that are heavier, ensuring that your skin locks in moisture. Try opting for balms, foot butters or even plain ol’ petroleum jelly. The secret is to apply your chosen moisturizer after a warm bath or soak, as your skin absorbs the product better, making it more effective.
Remember that skin is in need of the extra TLC this winter and that by taking the time to treat your toes with hydrating products that lock in moisture and soften skin, you’re already that much closer to pretty toes all year long.
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