I love the look of my old-school heater in my apartment building. But with the intense heat it gives off and the cold air this time of year, my skin is definitely taking a beating. If I don’t take the necessary precautions, my skin pays the price; especially the heels on my feet will crack and it is not the most attractive thing. So today I would like to share with you my winter foot care routine and hope to see if any of you have your own routines to share.
1) Drink lots of water. It’s a cliche but there is no amount of magic lotion that will replenish the moisture your body needs from drinking water. There are numerous studies on the internet about exactly how much you are suppose to drink daily, but I find it difficult to remember the amount as the day passes. So my rule of thumb is, if you are asking if you have drank enough, the answer is to drink some more.
2) Use alcohol-free and scent-free lotion or cream. Most scents in skincare products are derived from alcohols in the formulation and they are very drying on your skin, so I make it a rule to stay away from them. Essential oils are a better option, but I do not like how some might stain my pajamas. The holy grail of creams in my opinion is from CeraVe. It has no scents and contains a lot of skin imitating ingredients that create a barrier over the skin to prevent moisture loss. After application, the skin is not sticky, it has almost a matte finish and I had never had a skin tightening feeling as it would with lotions with alcohol added. CeraVe is available on Amazon and local drug stores and it is not expensive at all.
(Photo Credit: Amazon)3) Use a silicone gel cushion. This is one of the rare finds when I was visiting Asia many years ago and it has been a lifesaver. The good news is that something similar is available on Amazon now! I like to lather up my heels with the CeraVe cream at night after a shower and a good pumice scrub then I put on the silicon gel cushion, afterwards I just relax by watching some TV. I find that my skin absorbs more product this way then just wearing thick socks. I wouldn’t recommend wearing it overnight as it can feel restricting when your feet warm up in the comfort of your blanket. My sister-in-law also discovered that it helps with shoes that have wider heels since the gel cushion prevents their feet from slipping off in the back.
(Photo Credit: Presadee)What do you think? What are some of your secret winter foot care routines. Love to hear about them on our Facebook!