How to take care of feet in autumn? My fav treatments and cosmetics
I don’t know what are your feelings connected with this issue but I really don’t like the moment when I have to put all my summer footwear at the back of my wardrobe and say goodbye to this warm season. To me, autumn starts when I need to put on thicker socks and warmer shoes. At this stage I start taking care of my feet better. Are you curious how to do it and how to stay away from foot diseases? Feel encouraged to read my newest entry.
Why do feet tend to sweat during autumn?
During autumn our feet tend to get sweaty much easier. We coat it with tights, socks and warmer footwear. In order to prevent excessive perspiration of feet, wearing the same shoes for a few days in a row should be avoided. But what if your sebaceous glands work too intensively. Try to wash your feet twice a day and dry them precisely, especially between the fingers. Don’t refrain from using anti-perspiratory products, talc and foot deodorants. Invest your money in natural fibre socks made of cotton or wool.
Post-summer foot care
Once the summer is over, in most cases our feet look really nice, they are tanned, and you can boast about your neat pedicure. However, your heel skin can be slightly dehydrated and feet might be in pain. So how to take care of feet when the summer is over? There are plenty of methods. For example, you can keep your feet in a bowl filled with water and oil/salt. Use a special foot grater to remove dead epidermis cells, apply a moisturising cream and use olive oil to treat your nails with. Then, apply thick socks and jump into bed. After some time you will notice that your foot skin is smoother, and your nails stronger and prettier.
How to take care of feet when…
- … your heels crack and skin is dry? Foot skin is really thin – it has almost 50 mm. It features almost 250 thousand sweat glands, yet there isn’t even one sebaceous gland on it. As a result, foot skin exfoliates, becomes thick and hard, cracks frequently. In extreme situations of negligence, feet might start featuring small scars and wounds that may encourage bacterial infections. How to take care of cracking heels and dry foot skin? Keep using creams featuring shea butter, allantoin, urea and aloe. Once a week apply foot scrub that will do both: remove dry skin cells and smooth your foot skin out.
- … nails grow into skin? You can recognize this ailment by sensing a pain resembling wearing tight footwear. It might affect obese people, runners and those who clip their nails inappropriately. How to recognize this ailment? A nail starts growing in a wrong direction and irritate nail folds. If you want to get rid of this affliction, see a podologist. A doctor has variety of solutions to offer. For example, s/he can suggest: gauze packing or special insert.
- … fungal infection got your nails? Beware because you can catch this disease almost everywhere: in a swimming pool, in a sauna or at the beach. Skin exfoliates and itches, nails are turning yellowish and become really brittle. If the fungal infection is really advanced, a local treatment, antibiotic treatment or laser treatment are recommended. Such treatment might last even a few months. Again, seek either a podologist or dermatologist advice.
Foot care mistakes
If you want to take care of your foot on your own, stay away from the following beauty mistakes:
- using of exfoliating socks – the acid they contain might irritate healthy skin;
- installing of ingrown toenail bracing yourself;
- clipping nails too short;
- removal of horny skin with the aid of ill-matching tools;
- wearing socks made of synthetic materials;
- application of skin drying-out properties;
- imprecise foot drying after taking a bath.
Home methods of skin care
- Take a foot bath. If your feet are frozen stiff or if you just want to relax for a while, take a foot bath. A good idea is to add a combination of various herbs or other similar products: sage, field horsetail, nettle, oak bark, starch, flour or sea salt.
- Massage your feet. When your feet get cold and you want to boost their blood circulation, give them a massage. Use circular motions to massage each finger separately, use a fist to massage soles and heels. If hyperhidrosis is your problem, use essential oils: rosemary, camphor or orange oil.
- Foot scrubs. Your heel skin is dry and thick? You will make a good use of a face scrub and a moisturising mask. The product responsible for exfoliating dead epidermis cells can be bought in a drugstore. Choose such ingredients that are able to remove dead epidermis cells, smooth skin and condition nails. At the end, apply a moisturising mask or lubricating cream.
Foot care at a podologist’s
Undoubtedly, if you’re looking for a professional foot care, you can visit the specialist. In a podologist office you can ask for having the following treatments done:
- remove blisters, poroma or horny skin
- healing pedicure
- treating in-grown nails or nail fungal infections
- nail reconstruction
- treatments for cracking heels and sweaty feet
- dry foot skin parapraxis
For autumn choose shoes that are half of a size or one size bigger and have thick sole. Thanks to this you won’t impede blood circulation and the foot will be well-isolated from the ground. Put either thermal or breathing footbed into your footwear. Owing to this you will let the air exchange in your shoes freely.