As the weather becomes increasingly chillier, so do our extremities, especially our toes! It's a known fact that women are more likely to develop cold in their extremities than men. [Cold feet warm heart, right?]
There are many theories as to why women suffer from cold feet, some relating to circulation and the way our fat layers are distributed. As we age, our skin gets thinner and there is less fat tissue on the pads of our feet to protect us from the elements. This makes it more difficult for blood flow to warm up cold feet. So the question is, how to keep feet warm during cold weather? The following tips below will help you achieve beautiful, warm feet, ready to slip into sexy holiday sandals, booties, pointy toe flats or any other cold weather footwear!
Soak your feet in a warm foot bath. This will slowly increase circulation, gradually warming up your feet, but make sure the water isn’t too hot. If it is, you may experience some numbness or pain as a result. Keeping it warm is not only relaxing but will actually help to warm your entire body. Add some essential oils for that foot spa feeling and while you’re there, try exfoliating. Beautiful feet are always in style no matter what time of year it is!
Make a warming foot mask. Slathering your feet in a warming, soothing mask can go a long way toward boosting circulation and keeping your feet hydrated. Plus, it feels fantastic and is a welcome 15-minute “spa-like” break. Try these homemade foot mask ingredients for a relaxing foot mask compliments of Martha Stewart:
Orange Spice Foot Mask
1/2 cup whole oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
4 drops sweet orange essential oil
Foot Mask How-To:
1. Using a food processor, grind the oats to a fine powder. Transfer to a medium-size bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and stir until blended into a thick paste.
2. Prepare two warm, wet washcloths or hand towels, either by wetting them and placing them in the microwave for one to two minutes or by soaking them in hot (not boiling) water. Wring out excess water and set aside.
3. Sitting with your feet in the tub or a large basin, use your hands to spread a thick layer of the mask over each foot, covering them completely up to the ankles. After wiping hands clean, wrap each foot in one of the washcloths to seal in the moisture from the mask. Sit back and relax for 10 to 15 minutes.
4. When you're ready to remove the mask, carefully lift off the washcloths. Rinse your feet using warm water. Dry thoroughly with a towel.
Once your feet are exfoliated and dry, try using a hot water bottle to keep the chill away. I used to do this all the time during long haul flights to Europe and Brazil. I used a regular empty water bottle filled with hot water, but for home use there are so many beautiful hot water bottle options available now.
Lastly, before you slip into your favorite loafers or winter shoes, whether they are leather or suede, try inserting padded insoles [Piggy Pillows Terry Cloth insoles, for instance] to give you an extra layer of cushion and protection between your beautiful feet and the cold bottom of the outer sole.