How to treat dry feet

How to treat dry feet

 

 

What causes dry skin on feet?

There are many causes. Developing one can be something obvious like your lifestyle. A poor diet, lots of walking and exercise or just a bad foot care routine.

Why are your feet so dry?

Causes 

Dry and cracked soles are more common than any other form of dryness in other parts of our body because they lack any oil glands, especially on the soles of the feet.

The lack of oil leads to dehydration, one of the most significant causes of dryness. Instead rely on sweat glands to stay moisturised.

Your foot is also under constant pressure all day from standing, walking and exercising bearing the brunt of our entire body weight. This can cause hard, callous skin forming on the pressure points in our feet, which is one of the causes of dryness on feet.

This can be especially prominent when if you stand on your feet more often than the average person or do a lot of exercise/start a new exercise regime, leading to sore cracked feet developing.

 

 

How to treat dry feet

 

 

It’s important to employ good foot-care by applying a moisturising foot lotion . You should always try to prevent dry feet and flaky skin rather than wait to treat it, so using a moisturiser every night of the week as a routine will help treat dry skin on feet.

If you do develop dry or cracked feet try using a nourishing lotion twice a day, once after a bath or shower and once before bed to re-hydrate dry feet.

 

ALSO READ: How to remove dead skin from your feet

 

 

Caring for dry feet

With a good skincare routine, treating dry skin on feet doesn’t have to be an uphill struggle.

Treatment

When caring for dry skin on feet or cracked feet it’s important not only to moisturise but cleanse. Sweat and dirt can become trapped in the dead cells developing bacteria (and odour) that can cause dry feet to get even worse.

Body Lotion is ideal for applying post-shower, as it can absorb quickly into the skin. With moisture that lasts all day long, you can look forward to fresh, smooth and healthy looking feet in no time.

 

 

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How to treat dry feet

 

 

 

 TIPS 

  • Prevention is better than treatment! Ensure you have a good diet and skincare routine, as these will help to stop skin from drying out.
  • Make sure you’re drinking enough water – a lack of hydration will have an impact on your skin. Specifically, dehydration will stimulate a hard skin on your feet remaining.
  • Increase circulation to the feet; by improving diet, exercising more, maintaining a health weight, not smoking and improving leg posture.
  • Use a humidifier to stop the air around you from drying out. If the air dries out too much, it can lead to skin drying out too, causing hard skin on the feet.
  • Try to shower and bath in lukewarm water instead of hot. If the temperature is too hot it’ll lead to dryness and often sore skin.
  • Use products designed to provide hydration to the skin, and avoid any products with too much ethyl alcohol in them.

Lilian Osigwe

DATABASE MANAGER/ WRITER at 1STNEWS
Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer.





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Lilian Osigwe

About The Author

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. lilian.osigweh@1stnews.com

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