Monday, December 14, 2009

Secret to Healthy Skin

Winter is a hard season on skin. Dry air around us and increased heat in our homes and workplaces takes a toll on our skin during this season. Dry skin can be painful, as anyone with chapped lips or cracked skin on their feet can tell you. Just like you need to moisturize your lips when they're chapped, you need to moisturize the skin on your feet too. Cracked skin opens your body to the bacteria, viruses and fungi which cause various infections to the skin, nails and inside the foot. You need to care for your feet to avoid these problems before they become serious medical complications. Try these tips:

1. Keep your calluses under control. It is when calluses grow that they are most likely to dry out and crack. Calluses on the bottom of your feet develop naturally and help to protect your feet. Having a callused area on your feet is not a bad thing, but you should pay attention to them and treat them as follows. Soak your feet for 10-20 minutes. This will help relax you and your feet as well as softening and moisturizing the skin on your feet. Make sure the water isn't too hot as this can actually dry out your skin worse. Dry your feet with a towel and use an emery board, pumice stone or callus file to shave down your callus. This helps remove the dead skin of the callus. Do not trim down to the fresh skin under the callus. And you do not have to completely remove the callus, only keep it manageable.

2. Moisturize the skin on your feet. Your skin is prone to drying, especially in the winter. You should moisturize the skin on your feet, especially if it is dry and cracking. The best times to moisturize are right after a shower (dry thoroughly first) and before going to bed. You may consider leaving your socks on so that the moisturizer stays on your feet longer. Do not moisturize between your toes. This will keep your skin in great shape and looking good as well.

Not sure about a moisturizer for your foot? We offer one on our online store and in our office. Try:
Pedifix Mango Magic Foot Lotion
Instantly Moisturizes Skin with Healthy Nutrients
Pamper your feet! This salon-style lotion will soothe and soften rough, dry feet and refresh your skin. It features mineral oil, aloe vera, vitamin E, lanolin and urea to nourish your skin while it stimulates your senses with the tropical-fresh scent of mangos. Also works great as an all-over body lotion.

8 oz. Bottle

Massage cream into skin as needed, particularly after bathing and just before bedtime.

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