Why Your Pedicure Routine is Important in the Winter Too

By January 22, 2019Beautiful Bloggers

Why a Pedicure Routine is Important in the Winter Too

Have you ever noticed how some people seem to let their pedicure routine slip in the winter months? Maybe you’ve been guilty of such lapses yourself, from time to time. With the summer months long gone and less time for outdoor activities, many of us sometimes act as though our feet are no longer a concern. That can be a mistake, of course. The fact is that there are a number of good reasons to maintain your pedicure routine even during the winter.

Your Feet Deserve It!

The reality is that no one likes the way their dry, rough feet feel in socks, shoes, or beneath the sheets. Just ask anyone who’s ever let their pedicure lapse for any length of time about that feeling they get when their toenails or calloused skin catch on the sheets at night. Your feet deserve better than that, and so do you!

Maintenance is Easier When It’s Year-Round

Imagine how much work your stylist would have to do if you just let your hair go for half the year. Those split ends and uneven lengths would be nothing short of a nightmare to fix! Well, the nails and skin on your feet are no different. Left unmanaged, they’ll become unmanageable. With regular upkeep, however, you can enjoy those soft, perfectly groomed feet that you are so proud to show off to the world the other six months of the year. 

 

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We get it: Summer is to pedicures as winter is to ugly Christmas sweaters. But just because your feet are under wraps in socks and boots, this doesn’t mean they aren’t in need of some upkeep. Colder temperatures can cause skin on the feet to become dry, chapped or even cracked when left unattended, making regular pedicures key to keeping them soft, presentable and ready to be massaged by a significant other. Here’s how to get yours in shape:

1. Make the most of your shower time
During or after a shower, give your feet a once-over with a pumice stone, foot paddle or an exfoliating cream to remove patches of skin that are rough and dry. Once you’re out of the shower, immediately after toweling off, rub a lotion or cream containing a natural moisturizing factor, like urea, to intensely hydrate feet.

2. Get the full-pedi effect… 
To give yourself the most moisturizing pedicure possible, start by buffing the soles of your feet with a pumice stone while they’re dry. Next, soften them in warm, Epsom-salted water for 10 minutes, and use your pumice to further exfoliate away dry skin. For our tip sheet on the use of Apple Cider Vinegar and Epsom Salts, read here. After both feet have been sloughed, gently push back nail cuticles with an orange wood stick (wrap the tip with a stretched out cotton ball to minimize irritation), and blot feet dry with a towel. Use an uber-moisturizer to keep skin supple, massage cuticle oil into your nail beds, and finish with a layer of top coat polish to keep nails shiny and healthy-looking.

3. …or try the mini-pedi
Have only a few minutes to devote to your feet? Slough away dry skin with a buffer; rub feet and ankles with a hydrating cream; apply cuticle oil to keep your nail beds soft, and brush on a layer of top coat.

4. Perform some daily upkeep
The best defense is a good, consistent offense, so keep feet from getting gangly with these everyday steps: 
• Use an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) product – glycolic and lactic acid are ideal because of their special ability to penetrate skin, says Allinson – to slough off dead cells.
• Use super-hydrating creams on the regular. Doing so is one of the easiest ways to keep dryness-related problems at bay.
• Try not to walk on carpet with your bare feet, which can sap moisture from your skin, especially when moisturizing lotions have been freshly applied.

It Just Feels Good in Every Way!

Well-groomed feet are something that can’t be beat! They’re sexy and attractive in all the ways you want to be, and ensure that you’re ready for anything. They’re also a treat for that special someone in your life, and that’s always an added plus.

They’re One of Those Confidence-Boosters We All Need

Whether you work out, enjoy having company over to the house, or simply want to just feel your best, few things inspire more self-confidence than well-groomed fingernails and toes. Your pedicure doesn’t make you a different person, but it can help you feel like the very best version of yourself that you can be. Why should you only feel that way when you’re on the beach in the middle of summer?

And then there’s always CoCo

Be honest with yourself. Chances are that the spa is more than just a place where you get your feet and toes groomed. It’s also a place where you can relax, rejuvenate your spirit, and let the cares of the world wash away in a sea of bliss. Are you really prepared to give that up for months at a time?