care for feet in the winter

How To Care For Your Feet In The Winter

It’s easy in the winter to neglect your feet, after all no-one sees them! However, its during these winter months that we have to take extra care of our feet. The combination of the cold weather and heating in the houses causes our feet to dry out, which can lead to multiple other problems. Here are a couple of easy tips to help you care for your feet in the winter months, because you don’t want those feet of yours to get neglected!

Take off Wet Shoes and Socks Straight Away

This is one of the best preventative tips to keep. When your feet stay wet and cold, not only will it make you ill, but it will also leave you feet susceptible to bacteria which can lead to infections. If your shoes are wet then place them under a radiator when you take them off. This way, the next time you need to go out they’ll be dry and warm!

Indulge in Foot Baths

Treat your feet regularly to a warm foot bath. This can either be in a bath or you can use a bowl and just bath your feet. This is great for your feet because not only does it relax them, it will also increase circulation.

Use a Pumice Stone

pumic stone

Using a pumice stone or a foot scrub in the shower daily is one of the best ways to get rid of all those calluses and dry skin. Pumice stones are really easy to use and only add a couple of minutes to your shower. A few minutes every day can work wonders for your feet.

Moisturise your Feet Regularly

As we know these cold winter months cause our feet to dry out. To keep your feet from going rough and sore, moisturise them regularly. Moisturising your feet will help them stay soft and it will prevent them from cracking. My favourite foot cream is the Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream (I love Clarins!). Its for all skin types and seriously does magic. It softens hard skin and renews it. like all Clarins products it smells amazing too!

Don’t Forget to Cut your Toenails Regularly

This is one of my worst habits. Winter comes and no-one sees my toes or my toe nails and yup, I tend to neglect them. I let them grow too long, usually I remember that they must be too long when I start getting holes in my tights from my toes! (oops!) This is really bad because not only do I end up wasting good Marks & Spencer tights, it also makes my feet prone to ingrown toenails. Not a good way to go. So yes, don’t be lazy and cut your toes regularly!

That’s all my tips for now, I know a lot of people recommend foot masks but they are just not my thing. They are too messy and awkward to leave on the whole night. Let me know in the comments below if you are a fan of them and what you foot care routine is during the winter.

Hollie xx


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  1. Thanks for the tips, Hollie. I use the pumice stone regularly to get rid of the dry skin off my heels but never thought of using it on calluses. Does it really work? At times, my foot really hurts because of the pressure on it while walking, especially going down the stairs. I’ll just have to give it a try.

    Thanks again,

    1. Hi Sharon, I find that it works great for me! Give it a try and let me know how it goes.

      Hollie x

  2. Walking long distances with the dog and going to the gym as much as I do, I really need to keep up with my feet or they start to crack and get painful.  

    I use a pumice stone regularly and moisturizer afterword.  The winter is pretty tough on them for sure.

    I’m not so much a foot bath person although my wife wants me to go for a pedicure with her some time. Hmmmm.

  3. Lok Which says:

    Thanks for sharing this informational article on how to care for our feet this winter. I personally use the pumice stone to scrub my heel and calcaneus and it gets rid of breaking marks on my feet. I will implement some other tips you’ve shared like foot bath and moisturizing my leg always. 

    Thanks for sharing once again.

  4. Todd McKeever says:

    Thanks for your post. Taking care of feet can actually be harder than most people may give it credit for. 

    I have neuropathy in my feet and it makes it even harder to have happy feet. I do like all of your suggestions in your post. Do you have any suggestions what to do with feet like this? They are over sensitive to everything.

    1. I agree, taking care of your feet can be a hard especially is you have neuropathy. I recommend sticking to only natural products.

      Best of luck!

  5. David Kellas says:

    Actually when I was a child Hollie I used to leave my shoes and socks on for too long after I got home and I found they got soggy and stinky and yukky, I have learned as an adult to look after my feet.

    Yeah “cutting my toenails” I am still a little bit negligent when it comes to cutting my toes nails in time. I normally take too long to cut my toe nails and my large toe nail slightly curves and grows in to my skin and hurts me from time to time (and that is when I know it is time to cut my toe nails).

    Your article has made me motivated to cut my toes nails more often actually, so thanks!

    I have never heard of a pumice stone before so thanks for teaching me about that.

    I think it’s time to indulge in a real bath for my entire body in stead of a foot bath, got to go, a nice warm bath is waiting for my old aching body.

    Thanks for the chat Hollie!

    1. A foot bath is the solution if your short on time, but if you have time, you’re right- indulge in a real bath! Its the best way to unwind after a tiring day!

  6. I am also one of those people that don’t really take care of their feet on a regular basis. The assumption that people don’t normally see it because it is always covered with shoe or stockings is a typical excuse. When I do remember to take care of my feet, my care routine is making use of a pumice stone and then I cut my nails. 

    What is know I do regularly do is that I always wash my feet whenever I take my part but apart from those, I don’t really do anything else.

    1. Taking care of our feet isn’t something to overlook!

  7. Jamiro Hazel says:

    Foot care is so important but i think many people often times over look it. During the winter time our feet can get cold moist and this can be a breathing ground for fungi.It is important that we keep our feet dry and moisturized during these times. I am happy that in your post you have shared a few tips with us, i am sure they will come in very handy, especially to myself. Thank you 

  8. Ray Blythe says:

    Great tips! That first one is the worst, can’t stand when my feet get wet stuck in socks and shoes. I’ll walk around with plastic bags around my shoes if I have to lol.  I was wondering if there is a certain order of these steps to use that would work best? 

    1. Apart from taking your socks off, there is no particular order.

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