The foot works so hard that we forget to give it that tender care it deserves. Researchers have estimated that it will take one to walk 150,000 miles during the course of his/her lifetime. With this assumption, as one goes about its daily activities the feet get stretched in one way or the other and in this process the foot can become dry and scaly if not properly cared for.
Your skin becomes dry, scaly, and rough when it doesn’t retain enough water. This may be due to dry weather or because you wash them too frequently or use harsh soaps. But fret not! There are ways to fight dry skin and keep your feet smooth and beautiful. It is advised that the feet be taken good care of like any other part of the body following these practices:
Follow these Foot-Care Practices
Start with some small, simple everyday steps to minimize the chances of your feet drying out in the first place.
Use a pumice stone, natural exfoliants like yogurt to slough off dead skin. After washing the feet, pat dry and slather on some petroleum jelly, sesame or coconut oil, honey, or shea butter to help seal in the moisture.
- Cut Bath Time
Don’t spend more than five to ten minutes in the shower and don’t soak your feet. This can strip away natural oils from your skin and make it dry and rough. Also, give up on your hot, steaming bath and opt for warm water instead. Hot water tends to strip your skin of oil, making it dry and rough.
- Seal The Moisture In
After you wash your feet and pat them dry, apply a moisturizer. This will lock the moisture in. But avoid moisturizing between your toes. This can leave them damp and prone to bacteria.
- Slough Off Dead Skin
You can get cracked heels if your skin’s dry or if you’re putting too much pressure on your heels. To prevent this, use a pumice stone when you’re in the shower to gently slough off the dead skin that can build up on your heels. Also, don’t forget to moisturize afterward.
- Use A Humidifier
Winter gets your feet all flaky and dry? If you are prone to dry skin, it can help to use a humidifier during the cold weather. Set it at about 60% so the dry harmattan air doesn’t sap your skin.
- Don’t Scratch!
Take care not to scratch if dryness has made your skin itchy. Scratching can break the skin, leaving you open to infection. Moisturize instead to take care of that itch.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
The supple, soft texture of your skin owes itself to the water content. Your skin produces an oily substance called sebum which forms a protective barrier and stops it from losing water.
Moisturizing plays a vital part in taking care of dry skin. And there are a whole lot of natural solutions you can use instead of expensive, chemical-laden products.
- Apply Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly can form a protective barrier on your skin, sealing in the moisture. Slather on some petroleum jelly after washing your feet. Petroleum jelly will lock in the moisture and keep your feet hydrated. And don’t be put off by its greasy feel – the greasier, thicker moisturizers usually work better.
- Use Sesame or Coconut Oil
Natural oils like sesame oil or coconut oils work a treat at keeping your feet hydrated and baby soft. Sesame oil, which is rich in linoleic fatty acids, has been used for ages in Asian countries as a soothing emollient.
- Spread The Honey
Honey helps soften skin and preserve moisture. It also has an inhibitory effect on nasty fungi, yeast, and bacteria and can keep your skin free of infection. So apply some honey to your feet when they feel dry and wash it off with plain water after a while.
- Try Shea Butter
Butter from the shea tree kernel is great for your skin. It treats dry and rough skin as well as cracks in your skin. It’s also considered to be good for wrinkles and itchy skin. So slather on some shea butter and watch it soften your feet
Written By Ugochi Obiajunwa