Tips To Heal And Prevent Dry Cracked Skin On Your Feet
Suffocating in thick tights and boots during winter time, the skin on your feet can become rough and dry, so the sooner you cure this problem, the better.
Of course, it is always easier to prevent dry skin on the feet than cure it but don´t worry since here we have some effective tips to heal dry skin on your feet before it´s too late.
Why do you Get Dry Skin on your Feet?
The skin covering the heel of the foot does not have sebaceous glands which are the glands that produce oil and naturally lubricate the skin everywhere on the body. The hydration on the heel is provided by the sweat glands.
As the time passes, the sweat glands’ action reduces and therefore the skin can often show signs of dryness, especially on the heels which can very easily crack.
But this is not the only cause. The cracking of the heels is essentially a skin injury of this area because it gets the greatest pressure from brisk walking, standing for long hours, extra weight and of course unsuitable shoes.
Nevertheless, the skin has its own natural defensive mechanisms. To stay protected against the pressure and friction, it multiplies the number of the keratinized cells and therefore its outer layer becomes more hard and if not hydrated enough, it cracks.
According to podiatrists, heel cracking is caused by the combination of dehydrated skin and hard, completely flat or high-heeled shoes that put extra pressure on the foot. This problem does not only occur during the summer, but in winter as well, if we don’t keep our skin adequately hydrated.
Especially in our 50s, apart from the dryness that appears, there is also a reduction in the renewal of the cells, so regular exfoliation and the use of a special moisturizing foot cream that should be applied in the morning and in the evening is absolutely necessary.
So, let’s see now how a good cream for foot should be.
Choose an Effective Cream for Dry Skin and Cracks on the Heels
The Ideal foot cream is one that:
- Spreads easily.
- Absorbs quickly without being sticky or oily, causing slippery heels.
- Moisturizes in depth with a long lasting effect.
What the foot cream should contain?
Skin repairing and regenerating ingredients
Look for creams that are rich in nourishing natural oils and butters such as shea butter, argan oil, avocado oil, vitamin E oil, which is great for dry skin, olive oil, jojoba oil and others. These ingredients will restore the lack of lipids in the skin.
Moisturizing ingredients of synthetic origin such as urea, which has a keratolytic (exfoliating) function, as well as glycerine, lanolin, ceramides and others, in high concentrations, will prevent moisture loss and enhance the hydrolipidic film of the skin.
Apart from their hydrating, healing and micro-circulating properties that are beneficial for the skin, and due to their natural regenerating scents, essential oils offer a relaxing therapeutic massage which especially at night your feet desperately needs.
What the foot cream should not contain?
Avoid creams that are rich in alcohol since alcohol is skin drying and can even irritate sensitive skin. Synthetic fragrance can also dry out skin.
The best way to find whether a cream has a high alcohol content is to check whether this ingredient appears in the top 5 ingredients of the list. If it does, you had better avoid this product for your cracked dry heels.
Prepare your Skin with a Foot Bath
To benefit your skin as much as possible from the active ingredients of a specialized foot cream or your body butter, it is always better to prepare the skin first especially if there are rough patches on it.
A warm foot bath with salts and essential oils for about ten minutes will relax you and soften the skin on the heels, metatarsal or fingers if there are any calluses.
Scrub off the Dead Skin Cells
After finishing with the foot bath, gently rub those rough areas with a pumice stone, a pedicure rasp or even an electronic pedicure foot file using soft circular movements.
You can also exfoliate the entire foot with a good exfoliating body product. Now your skin is ready for moisturizing.
Apply the Foot Cream
Apply your foot cream massaging the heel and the sole of your foot until the product is nicely absorbed, avoiding the area between the toes because there is risk of fungal growth.
For intensive care, in the evening before going to bed, apply a rich layer of the cream and wear a pair of cotton socks. In the morning, your feet will feel soft and deeply hydrated.
Finally, remember that if your time is limited, at least try to follow this procedure 1-2 times a week or when you need a little extra skin pampering.
All in all, by following these tips for dry cracked skin on your feet, you will not only be able to heal this problematic skin condition but also to prevent it and enjoy healthy and beautiful looking feet.