Winter Care for the Feet - Shahnaz Husain
During winter, the feet can become really dry and need special care. Give yourself a weekly foot spa treatment at home to revitalize the skin.
Soak your feet in hot water, adding some coarse salt and coconut oil. Add rose petals to heighten the experience. After washing the feet, take 2 tablespoons sunflower oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 3 tablespoon coarse sugar. Mix together till it becomes a paste. Apply and rub into the skin of the feet. Rinse off after 15 minutes. This helps to nourish the skin and lighten skin colour.
Or have a weekly pedicure or foot spa treatments at a salon. They are great ways of taking care of the feet and preventing dryness. These salon treatments also include foot massage, which is most relaxing.
Problems like dry skin and cracked heels can be prevented by giving the feet daily care, massaging the skin with creams. After your bath, apply cream while the skin is still damp. It helps to seal in moisture.
Follow a one-week daily treatment for cracked heels. At night, before retiring, soak the feet in hot water for about 20 minutes. Add some coarse salt and shampoo to the water, before soaking the feet. Hot water helps to soften the dead skin on the heels. With the help of a pumice stone or a heel scrubber, rub the heels gently, in order to remove the dead cells. Avoid metal scrubbers. After washing the feet, massage them with a cream, rubbing it into the skin. Then, apply the cream generously on the heels. Bandage the heels with a clean cloth. Wear cotton socks and go to sleep. Keeping the heels smeared with cream all night will soften the skin and replenish moisture loss. Repeat this every night for one week. If there is pain or bleeding, consult your doctor.
Home Remedy for Dry Feet
For dry feet, add 2 tablespoons honey, one tablespoon herbal shampoo, one tablespoon almond oil to one-fourth bucket of warm water. Soak feet in it for 20 minutes. Also, mix together one tablespoon almond oil, one tablespoon sesame seed (til) oil, one teaspoon wheatgerm oil. Apply daily and massage it into the skin.