Keep your feet safe and well, look after and protect them!
Do your feet crack and corns appear with the change of seasons? We give you some advice so you can look after your feet, hydrating them and pampering them.
health and beauty30 March 2021
If heat, exposure to the sun, the use of open shoes and bathing in the sea and swimming pools are factors that dry out our feet, the lack of oxygen due to the use of closed footwear in autumn and winter months also usually dries them out. It is worth remembering that your skin is sensitive, which is why you should take care of them so you have healthy feet and can show them off when summer arrives.
How to look after your feet
- Use warm water to wash them. Very hot water can irritate and make the skin on the feet lose moisture.
- Clean your feet every day and dry them thoroughly. Ensure you wash your ankles, soles, toenails and spaces between the toes properly. Excess humidity and heat, as well as soap residues, are the perfect setting for fungi and bacteria.
- Exfoliate the skin once a week to keep dead cells at bay. You can take advantage and, at the same time as exfoliating your body, you can focus on your feet. However, if you want to pamper them a little more, specifically exfoliate your feet and give them a good massage.
- Moisturise the area every day when you apply moisturising cream to the rest of your body. Perform a small massage on the entire surface, paying special attention to the heel, sole, instep and ankles.
- Look after your toenails and don’t let them grow too long. Always cut them straight across or squared to prevent problems when they grow.
- Include foods in your diet that contain proteins of a high biological value, vitamins from groups A, B and C and minerals such as calcium, zinc and iodine, to maintain strong nails.
- If it isn’t necessary, avoid using nail varnish for the time that you are going to wear closed footwear so that the nails can “breathe”.
- Finally, pay special attention to footwear. Try and ensure it is spacious, comfortable and open or breathable in summer.
How to moisturise cracked feet?
Cracked feet can be the start of uncomfortable pains, hard-to-cure sores and, even, unwanted bleeding; this is why you should prevent these cracks from appearing with previous care. But, if you already have cracked feet, you should carry out measures of hygiene and moisturising.
- Visit a podiatrist so they can diagnose the origin of the cracks. In addition, they will perform an initial cleaning and treatment that you should maintain.
- Apply specific creams for cracked heels and wrap the area in clingflilm, so that the hydration and nutrition are more effective.
- Use a pumice stone every now and then. Perform circular movements around the heels or where the skin lesions usually appear so the removal of corns and calluses is more effective. Don’t forget moisturising and nutrition after this step, it is important for the skin to regenerate and remain hydrated.