Foot Care for Winter: Winter is soon approaching and our feet can often be neglected. In summer, we try to make our feet look pretty with fancy nail polish and fabulous open toed shoes but we seldom care for our poor feet in winter, forcing them into socks and boots. It’s not until something hurts or goes horribly wrong and dry skin develops that we give them the attention they deserve.
Because of the lack of moisture in the feet, it is very easy for the skin to become dry which causes cracked heels, especially in winter. But when you know how to properly clean, moisturise and protect your feet, they will stay smooth and comfortable all winter long.
Interview with John Niemotko
Question: How do we neglect our feet in Winter?
John Niemotko: Often overlooked because wearing socks and shoes all day and can’t always feel dry skin or cracks in feet.
Question: What extra measures should we take to protect after our feet in Winter?
John Niemotko: Feet can become dry or cracked throughout the year so it is important to maintain a constant moisturising routine each day.
Question: How can we fix the dry skin and damage done to our feet, during Winter?
John Niemotko: By daily application of urea based creams and routine visits to a podiatrist for routine footcare.
Question: How often should we moisturise our feet and apply foot balm or foot cream?
John Niemotko: Once or twice per day after bathing.
Question: What are your top tips to treating cracked heels?
John Niemotko: To consult a podiatrist in order to take away the hard skin build up and treat any fissures (cuts) in the skin.
Daily use of urea based creams.
Question: What advice do you have for keeping our feet smooth all winter long?
John Niemotko: Daily use of urea based creams after bathing and use of pumice stone.
Question: What are your go-to products for foot care, all year round?
John Niemotko: The best foot cream I recommend is DU’IT Foot & Heel Balm PLUS which has a triple action formula, enriched with antimicrobial properties to heal dry, rough, cracked and irritated skin. These creams stand out from the rest because they have a higher concentration of the moisturiser needed to stop the skin from drying out, so your skin stays smooth and healthy throughout the day.