If you suffer from dry skin on the bottom of your feet then you understand better than anyone how uncomfortable, annoying and even embarrassing the situation can be. Many different people have come up with all sorts of solutions promising instant and satisfactory results but very few actually work.
Below are ten tried and tested tips that are definitely going to help you to get rid of dry skin on feet. To make things easier for you, they are divided into two categories; the do-it-yourself home remedies and those that require professional assistance. Both groups work well with results that will have you wearing flip flops and open sandals in no time.
1. Soak Up
Soaking feet in warm water has, for the longest time, been the number one remedy for dry and cracked soles. The water softens the skin and prevents cracking and flaking that occurs when the surface is deprived of the much needed hydration. It also increases blood supply to the area to the same effect. If the cracks have already formed, soaking loosens the skin and makes it easy to scrap of. Adding oils such as coconut oil and palm oil helps a lot by making the skin nice and supple. Do this at least once a day, preferably before bed, and you will have baby-soft feet in no time.
2. Scrub, scrub, scrub.
Scrubbing comes as a close second to soaking as a dry feet remedy. For effective results, you can scrub your feet in two ways. The first and most common way is using a pumice stone. The friction between the stone and the dry skin removes the latter for a smoother surface. This tip works best with wet feet and should be done as you are taking your shower or as you do your daily feet soaking exercise. The second way is by using home-made scrubs. Oat meal is a popular ingredient used in these scrubs because of its proven effectiveness in getting rid of dead skin. To avoid irritating the skin, do not scrub every day. Instead, try doing it twice or thrice a week.
3. Moisturizing Your Steppers
One way to moisturize is to supply the skin with water. How do you do this? Drink it; a lot of it. Staying hydrated ensures that your skin remains soft and supple and is therefore less likely to become dry and cracked. This makes the tip one of the easiest when it comes to getting rid of dry skin on the bottom of feet. The other way to moisturize it to ensure that as little water is lost from the skin as possible. This is done by applying oil. Things like glycerin and petroleum jellies work wonders in this case and are your best option if you want to get rid of the sandpaper that is your foot soles.
4. Use Organic Acids
Vinegar and lemon are very effective in this case. They have the same softening effect as using warm water does and this makes it easy to scrub the dead skin off. With the organic acids, however, the quick action means that you cannot leave your feet in for as long as you wish. This is because the concentration difference with your tissue fluids might actually cause you to loose water from your skin leaving you with the same funny skin wrinkling you get from spending too much time in the pool. To avoid this, you can either dilute the acids with warm water or soak a towel with them and wrap it around your feet.
5. Slippers And Socks Are Your Best Friend
One of the main causes of dry skin beneath the feet is spending too much time with your feet on cold floors. Wearing socks and slippers cushions your feet from these conditions preventing formation or worsen of of feet cracks and dry flakes. The socks also help by locking in the moisture in your feet and increasing blood flow to your feet due to the warms. The two ensure that your skin is supple and hydrated and therefore not likely to become dry.
6. Salt Out The Bad Stuff
Toxin build-up in cells contributes a great deal to formation of dry skin under the feet due to the increased number of dead cells. Epsom salts are a popular home remedy for getting rid of the toxins. Magnesium in the salts removes them ensuring that after other remedies including soaking and scrubbing, there will not be any more dead skin building up and drying the skin. Using the salts involves dissolving them in warm water and soaking. For effectiveness, do this once every three or four days.
7. Get Rid Of Harsh Soaps
Harsh soaps are implicated as possible causes of skin drying all over the body and especially the skin one the sole and on palms. It therefore goes without saying that if you don’t want dry skin you need to avoid using these soaps. You can substitute with mild natural oil-based soaps.
8. Spoil Yourself With A Pedicure
A good pedicure will cover at least five of the do-it-yourself dry skin on feet removal remedies at once. You get your feet soaked, scrubbed and exfoliated using all the best equipment, soaps, oils and salts available. Treating yourself to one of these every once in a while is a great way of ensuring that your feet stay nice and soft for a long time.
9. Get A Foot Massage
Massaging increases blood flow to the feet and ensures that the skin remains hydrated and that there is much less formation of dead cells. This goes a long way in helping you to get rid of the nightmare on which you stand.
10. Try Out The Garra Rufa Fish Exfoliation Treatment
This is a new remedy and has not quite caught on yet. Either way, people who have tried it out swear by it as one of the most effective ways to remove dry skin from feet. Your feet are soaked in a small tank full of the finger-sized Garra Rufa fish that gently nibble away at the dead skin on your feet. The sensation created also greatly improves blood flow to the feet making the remedy more effective. So if you are feeling a little adventurous, this might just be what you need.
DO’s and DON’TS of getting rid of dry skin from feet:
All the tips above are bound to work leaving you with amazingly soft feet. As a parting shot, below are four DO’s and DON’Ts to help make all the suggestions above a whole lot more effective.
- DO drink lots of water every day.
- DON’T scrub too hard or too many times.
- DO keep your feet warm at all times.
- DON’T soak your feet for too long.