Winter is the season to forget about feet, when they’re all bundled up in thick wool socks and clunky snow boots. After all, toe-baring, strappy sandals are still months away.
Harsh, winter weather makes it even more important to tend to your tootsies. Dry, dead skin is the precursor to hard, nasty calluses, among a host of other foot problems.
To keep feet smooth and silky right down to your toes, follow this simple five-step routine:
1. Bathe your feet daily. (Try a warm, salt solution when the rest of your body isn’t involved).
2. Use a loofah or pumice stone during every bath or shower to loosen as much dead skin as possible.
3. Afterward, be sure to vigorously towel-dry feet, including between your toes.
4. Moisturize feet immediately after the bath and once more daily.
5. Nourish and exfoliate feet once a week.
Tip: Make your own foot exfoliant by crushing almonds or smashing strawberries. Mix with two tablespoons of olive oil and one teaspoon sea salt. Massage thoroughly into your feet, then let set 10 minutes. Rinse with warm, then cold water, before towel drying and applying moisturizer.