WHY YOUR FEET DESERVE A TREAT
Of all the parts of the body, your feet probably take the most punishment. From squeezing them into high heels for nights out to pounding the pavements on the way to work, they certainly work hard. No wonder then that dry skin on feet can be such a common complaint – and a potentially painful one too. The good news is that with a bit of regular TLC – and the right choice of products - you can keep dry/cracked skin under control.
Winter is probably the worst time for dry skin on feet but it can strike at any time of the year with common causes being dehydration, forgetting to moisturise and taking very hot baths or showers. Staying in the bath too long is a culprit too, as is using harsh or drying soaps and scrubbing too hard. Don’t panic though, we’ve got plenty of tips to keep your feet looking their best.
FILE IT AWAY
As with so many things, prevention is better than cure and this is true of dry feet, too. A regular filing routine with a specialised foot file will really help by buffing away dry skin from soles and heels before it has a chance to harden, dry out and crack.
SOCK IT TO THEM
Bed socks might sound like something your granny would wear, But as far as dry feet remedies go, they’re pretty hard to beat. Simply combine them with your favourite moisturiser or foot cream at night and wake up to noticeably softer skin.
A LITTLE SOAK GOES A LONG WAY
Although chilling in the bath for too long can actually cause dry skin on feet, a ten minute foot soak in water with a little lemon juice is an excellent dry-feet treatment. Because lemon juice is a mild acid it helps to dissolve dead and dry skin for easy removal with a gentle foot brush.
AVOID THE SMELLIES
Heavily fragrant soaps and other products can dry the skin on your feet. Fragrances like peppermint are cooling and refreshing to soothe and revitalise the skin.
NOT SO HOT
Water that is too hot will contribute to dryness of the skin on your feet. Use lukewarm water instead and avoid saunas and steam baths if possible. And remember to moisturise after each shower or bath, or whenever your feet come into contact with water.
DRY WITH CARE
Vigorous rubbing with a towel will create friction and damage delicate skin so gently pat your skin dry when you are finished instead.
Products containing hemp seed oil work wonders on dry feet as they are rich in the same essential fatty acids that are present in skin lipids. Unlike other oils that simply coat the skin, hemp seed improves moisture and elasticity to the skin by lubricating beneath the surface.