Why oh why:
Blistering largely takes place when your foot starts sweating inside of your shoes (happens more in new shoes because they haven't been worn down by the natural grooves of your feet and are still competing for space with your foot.) The friction of shoe-on-skin causes irritation leading to rubbing the first layer of skin off, and ultimately resulting in a blister. (Phew! That was a mouthful.)
Any time of the year is the right time to take these anti-blister measures. In spring/summer we have the obvious sweating and extra wear on our feet from the heat and open toed shoes. In fall/winter we're busy breaking in new boots and our cute pumps for the work Christmas party. Try any of these protective tricks and you can kiss blisters goodbye!
Go-to hacks for avoiding blisters with new shoes:
1. Lather your feet - Same as you would add these topicals to other body parts to help with sweating/chafing, you can add them to your feet. Simply rub deodorant, coconut oil, vaseline or baby powder on the parts of your foot that will be inside the shoe and voila! The moment your feet start sweating they will no longer cause friction when rubbing against the shoe.
2. Protective strips - I know placing a band-aid or a sole support in your new pair of Louboutins isn't ideal, but you will thank yourself by the end of the evening! Maximum comfort and total blister protection.
3. Break in your shoes - If you're planning to wear a pair of new shoes out for a big event break them in at home ahead of time. Put on layers of thick socks, cram your foot in and walk around your house. This will loosen the seams and save you headache down the road.
How to Treat Blisters:
Try applying any of these (3 times a day) and your blister will either pop and heal, or shrink- Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe Vera, Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil, Witch Hazel.
Ahhhhh! A blister-free existence!
Which season do you usually get blisters in? Do you have any additional tips for treating blisters? I'd love to hear in the comments below!