The winter is a welcome change from the summer months. Most people enjoy their time outdoors. However, without proper care and regular massage, this season can be tough on your feet! Dry feet with slightly cracked skin seem to be a common occurrence through the winter. Feet appear to have whitish patches due to dryness, are rough to touch and tend to flake. If left untreated, they can lead to cracks in the heels which can be quite painful especially while walking. In addition, these cracks can greatly increase the risk of foot infections by allowing bacteria to enter through the broken skin barrier.
Common causes of dry feet in winter
- Exposing skin to dry winter breeze. It can rob skin of its moisture.
- Prolonged exposure to heaters. It can decrease humidity and make the indoor air dryer, worsening skin.
- Less water in the winter months. It can also affect skin’s hydration levels.
- Medical conditions, skin disorders or hormonal imbalances may also lead to dry skin.
Catching the symptoms early
Treating dry feet in time can keep them soft and supple while preventing them from getting severely cracked. Yet many times the first signs of dry feet get overlooked and become a cause for concern only after they are already worsened.
- Scaly and rough skin around the heels with slight fine lines.
- Peeling of skin on the feet along with an itchy sensation.
- A tightening sensation around the heels with skin losing its softness.
- Pain while walking or standing.
Most people when they observe these symptoms, get any over-the-counter ointment or cream and apply it to their feet. In some cases, the roughness decreases but they are far from being called soft and supple. In addition, missing out on applying this ointment even for a couple of days leaves your feet back in the rough and dry situation.
Soft feet naturally:
Going natural and using herbal ingredients is the best way to protect the feet in winter.
Papaya: This wondrous extract has great skin hydrating properties and is also known to help with corns and calluses in the feet. Papain, the active constituent of Papaya, acts as excellent exfoliant that helps remove the dead cells from the surface of the skin. In addition, the high concentrations of essential vitamins in this extract prevent the skin from premature aging while nourishing and protecting it.
Aloe: A much-loved herb in the field of dermatology and skin care, aloe is essential for healthy skin. It is a natural moisturiser that keeps your feet soft and supple for long. In addition, it possesses medicinal properties like antiseptic, anti-bacterial, antifungal, and several more, that help in the treatment of cuts while preventing infection.
It may not seem a very simple idea to get hold of all the natural ingredients and use them. To help you manage your woes, Charak has lauched the Moha foot care cream. This purely herbal and natural solution moisturises your feet without inducing any harmful chemicals on your skin. Instead, they bring forward the wisdom of Ayurveda by combining various herbs known to soothe and hydrate the skin, especially around the heels.
Lifestyle tips for healthy feet in winters
- Drink sufficient water through the winters to keep your skin naturally hydrated.
- Avoid hot showers. Instead, stick to lukewarm showers and pat dry your skin after bathing. Also, be sure to moisturise your feet well after bath to seal in the moisture.
So, go natural and pamper your feet with Moha foot care cream and keep them healthy and soft even in the driest season!