We put moisturizer on our hands and cover them up with gloves to protect them from the cold, but we tend to forget about our feet. Follow these tips to keep your legs moisturized and feet crack-free during the cold and dry winter months.

Indulge in a Home Spa Footbath
Grab a bowl or bucket and fill it up with lukewarm water. Soak your feet for 15 minutes. This allows the dry and dead skin to loosen up for the next step – exfoliation.

Opt for a pumice stone or an oil-based sugar scrub. Gently rub the stone or sugar scrub against the skin around your heel and foot in circular motions to loosen up dry skin. Dip your feet back into the water. Then wipe them off with a soft towel.

Another option for exfoliation is a peel mask for your feet containing glycolic acid. This is a gentle ingredient that will remove the dead skin without causing any cellular damage.

Before tucking in for the night, moisturize your feet and legs with an oil-based moisturizer. This will form a protective coat over the skin to prevent dryness. Give your feet and legs a nice massage to ensure absorption of the moisturizer. For an extra luxurious massage, massage cuticle oil into your toes.

Once or twice per week, you can give yourself a foot mask. Apply a beeswax based moisturizer immediately after showering while your feet are still damp. Then put on some socks that you don’t mind getting a little oily.

Wear Socks and Leggings
This is one of the most effective ways to keep your feet from drying out and forming cracks. Knee-high socks are best as they will also protect the legs. When you’re on a mission to heal and prevent dryness, wear tight clothing. Socks and leggings will hug the skin to keep the cold air from causing dryness.

Hydrate Your Body from the Inside Out
As we focus on our outer beauty, it’s just as important to nourish our inner beauty. Drink water throughout the day to keep your skin moisturized from the inside-out. During the cold winter months, drink a few extra glasses of water per day to prevent dehydration. Avoid dehydrating drinks such as alcohol and caffeinated beverages and reach for a hot cup of herbal tea instead.

As we walk with our head held high, our legs and feet go everywhere we go propelling us forward with great pride. Use these tips to keep your lower half beautiful and feeling great!

By Dr. Nirali Patel