Most people have a careful skincare routine that involves cleaning, moisturizing and using adequate sun protection. However, the skin on your hands and feet often remains ignored. Yes, you probably take the time to massage in some lotion to prevent dryness and chapping throughout the year. But, covering up during winter with socks and gloves is often more convenient.
Well, it’s time to change that! Here are some things you should consider doing to establish a routine for both your hands and feet. Not only will this help them feel soft and healthy, it’ll delay aging as well!
Take Care of Your Hands
All your activities are dependent on your hands. Constantly washing and sanitizing with alcohol-based sanitizers during the pandemic certainly takes its toll. One of the first things to do is switch to a moisturizing cleanser and only use sanitizers when you can’t wash with soap and water.
Research has shown that anti-bacterial soaps contain triclosan that is no longer considered safe. These soaps also have drying effects, so it is best to go with mild hand washes that contain olive oil, aloe vera, coconut oil, and shea butter that will leave your hands looking soft and healthy.
Adopt a Hand Care Routine
Give your hands some TLC by cleaning the area below the nails carefully. Remove any polish and examine the color and texture of your nails for signs of melanoma. And, when trimming your nails, use an emery board to file in a single direction until you get the desired length. If you see dry, peeling skin, exfoliating should help remove the dead skin cells. Finish up with a good hand and foot cream that contains natural ingredients to pamper the skin.
When you need to do chores, keep your hands protected by wearing gloves. Cleaning solutions and harsh detergents are abrasive and damage the thin skin of your palms. And don’t forget the sunscreen!
Adopt a Foot Care Routine
Your feet bear the weight of your body and undergo all kinds of pressure from wearing high heels. The sweat buildup inside closed shoes and socks can lead to blistering, psoriasis, and fungal infections during summers. Prevent these problems by washing your feet carefully, especially between the toes. When you step out of the shower, dry your feet thoroughly, focusing again on the crevices and skin folds.
Moisturize the skin and prevent dead skin from hardening and cracking. Most importantly, let your feet breathe when at home. Walk barefoot so you can air them out completely. If you have a problem with smelly feet, make a solution of vinegar and water and soak for a while. Wipe and dry.
Invest in the Right Shoes
An essential factor in caring for your feet is to have at least two pairs of shoes. Change your socks every day regardless of the weather and switch between the pairs so that they have time to dry out completely. Even if you have to wear high heels, pick out shoes that have wide toe boxes to prevent the formation of bunions. Whatever kind of footwear you purchase, pay special attention to adequate arch support. When you go out in public in summers, wear flip flops to avoid contact with possibly unsanitary surfaces around the pool, gym, and beach.
Taking care of your hands and feet is essential to prevent the possibility of getting infections through chapped and broken skin. Moisturize regularly using the right products that will nourish the skin and have it looking soft and smooth.
*Photos by Anastasia Shuraeva