Now that sunny afternoons and warm evenings have gone, we’re left with freezing mornings and rainy days spent inside. Winter means comfort, which in turn means thick, fluffy socks, and warm winter boots with tights. If your feet are warm, the rest of you automatically feels warmer as well.

But just because you’re bundling up doesn’t mean you should neglect your feet! Our feet are the first body parts to show neglect during winter, because most of us swop out their shoes and socks for slippers or even fluffier socks as soon as we get home from work or school. And why would you pay attention to your feet if no one will be seeing them again until bikini season?

According to Podiatrist Dina Gohil, the problem is that as the temperature fluctuates, the skin is left too hot or cold. When your feet feel cold, it means the skin’s blood supply to the top layers of your skin have been reduced to preserve heat. This can lead to “winter feet” or chilblains, which is characterised by the painful inflammation of small blood vessels in your skin which leads to dry, red and itchy patches on your feet.

So, how do we look after our feet in winter?

One of the most important things to keep in mind during winter, is to keep our feet comfortable and warm. Yes, this does mean you can wear your thick socks, but you should also make sure that your socks aren’t so thick that your shoes are putting pressure on them. A lot of us ladies also turn to tights or stockings during winter, which can also be too tight and cut off blood supply to the upper layers of skin.

Oh no, my feet are already not doing too great!

Don’t fear! If your feet are already showing signs of neglect or turning into winter feet, you can treat them to an at-home pedicure to get them back to feeling happy and healthy. Recently, my mom gifted me with an at-home foot spa, so I decided to try out some treatments to keep my feet soft and smooth through the winter months! If you don’t have a foot spa, you could also fill your bath ankle-deep instead.

I used the following products to treat myself and my feet to a little TLC.

Matsimela Complete Baobab Body Wash

R100 for 300ml, matsimela.co.za

I started off by adding a few pumps of the Matsimela complete body wash to lukewarm water in my pedi bowl. This is the part where I relaxed and enjoyed the soothing scent of rose with hints of citrus, and soaked my feet until they were soft and relaxed. If you have a pumice stone or foot file, you can use that once the soles of your feet are soaked until soft.

Matsimela Cooling Salt Scrub

R95 for 200g, matsimela.co.za

I’ve written about this scrub before, and I still stand by it! As soon as you open the pot, a lovely, cooling peppermint scent hits you, relaxing you instantly. The Kalahari salt seems like it might be a bit rough on tired feet, but as soon as I started using it, I scrubbed away all of my stress and tiredness.

The salt gently exfoliates the skin, while the cooling peppermint soothes and nourishes the skin, leaving the skin smooth and supple. And the best part — it doesn’t contain any plastic microbeads like some other exfoliators, and the salt dissolves in water, so you aren’t left with any nasty bits after using the scrub. All in all, I LOVE this product and will definitely keep using it until I’ve scraped the last crumbs from the pot.

Matsimela Revitalize Leg & Foot Gel

R160 for 100ml, matsimela.co.za

After scrubbing away all my stress and drying my feet on a soft towel, it was time for the fun part, soothing the skin with a refreshing gel. This is where I really took the time to relish and enjoy the moment, gently massaging my feet in slow, circular motions. The slightly minty scent does wonders for relaxation, and the smooth feeling really helps you stay in the moment.

Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel

R148 for 200ml, clicks.co.za

For those days when I don’t have the time to do a full pedi, or when my feet are extra tired from running around all day, the Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel works wonders! I’ve always been a big fan of Bio-Oil and always have a bottle on hand, but the gel really is a game changer! It didn’t leave me feeling oily or sticky, and my dry and tired skin absorbs the gel quickly, leaving my feet feeling smooth and revitalised.

Do you have any other suggestions for treating feet with a little TLC? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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