Dry winter skin doing a number on your heels? Put your best foot forward with our top beauty hacks to beat even the toughest cracked skin.
Does the thought of stepping out at the festive office party in your strappiest stilettos give you chills? The change in temperature to the dry, arid winters in Oman can be damaging to even the most rigorously moisturised skin – and two areas that tend to suffer most are our feet and
To avoid dry, thickened and cracked skin that can become unsightly and even painful, keep these homecare hacks in mind:
This may seem like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised how few of us are getting our daily recommended intake of H20. That’s eight glasses a day, in case you were wondering. When our body is nourished and hydrated it reflects on the outside, with skin becoming more supple, glowing, and less prone to abrasions. So, bottoms up!
If your heels are already in pretty bad shape, we can’t stress enough how important daily exfoliation is to help slough off excess dead skin and calluses. Investing in an electric callus buffer will help your feet feel less like sandpaper and more like satin.
We love: Innoo Tech Electric Callus Remover. Spinning 50 rotations a minute, this tough-yet-gentle buffer is waterproof so you can even use it in the shower if you’re pressed for time. Price: RO8.07.
Your mom’s trick of Vaseline to the heels and a pair of cotton socks overnight isn’t as old-fashioned as you might think. Moisturising your heels with a lotion or oil that’s readily absorbed into the skin and rich in provitamins A, D, or E is essential. Seal in the moisture with a pair of breathable cotton socks and watch the difference a few days of this routine will have on your heels.
We love: If you’re looking for a non-greasy formula, we’re obsessed with Eucerin Advanced Repair Foot Cream. It’s a combo of exfoliating lactic acid and 10 per cent urea that tackles even the toughest cracked, dry skin. Price: RO2.69.
For beauticians on a budget, here’s a footbath that takes minutes to prepare. Chances are you’ve got a carton of good old-fashioned baking soda kicking around in your cupboard or fridge. Take three tablespoons and dissolve it in a bowl of lukewarm water, then soak your feet for 15 minutes.
Baking soda is a natural exfoliant and also contains anti-inflammatory properties. Scrub your heels gently with a pumice stone and watch the dead skin flake away!
We love: Aisilk Earth Lava Pumice Stone is all-natural and comes double-sided with a gentle bristle brush to polish your soles. Price: RO2.64.
For especially problematic cases, sometimes a trip to the spa is in order to let the professionals deal with those stubborn cracks and calluses. Monthly maintenance in the form of a pedicure is a good way to make sure you stay on top of your foot-care – and the professional expertise of an esthetician can go a long way towards thwarting any future damage that might crop up.
We love: Ayana Spa’s Signature Pedicure. This spa in the Qurum area offers some seriously lush treatments, and their frankincense and 60-minute Signature Pedicure’s shea butter warm wrap will leave your tootsies toasty and soft. Price: RO16. For bookings call (+968) 2469-3277/3435.