If you have callused, dry and cracked feet that make you utterly conscious when wearing open footwear, then you’re not alone. This is a pretty common issue that affects a lot of people. Lack of moisture, wearing ill-fitting footwear, soaps, heat and humidity and ageing are some of the main causes of your feet becoming dehydrated.
The good news is that it is not difficult to remedy. A little effort is all it takes to achieve feet that are worthy of featuring in a footwear commercial. Yup, these amazing remedies will buff, polish and moisturise away all the dry skin and flakiness and leave your feet baby-soft.
- Regular exfoliation
- Foot soak
- Use a pumice stone
- Moisturise every night
- Wear socks
- Choose the right footwear
Since exfoliation involves removing the dead skin cells build-up on the skin, it is a great way to ensure that the skin on your feet looks clean and hydrated. You can make your own DIY foot scrub by mixing honey, warm water and sugar to buff away dead skin cells and reveal baby-soft feet.
A foot soak is another great way to get rid of dry, damaged skin on your feet. Soaking the feet in warm water helps soothe and loosen dry skin while improving blood circulation to the feet, which can help prevent dry skin in the future. Remember to add a little vinegar to any foot soak to help disinfect the feet and eliminate foot odour.
Use a pumice stone
Pumice is a natural lava stone that helps buff away dead skin effectively. This is a great way to soften hard calluses from the feet. Gently rub the pumice stone or foot file over the dead skin or callus. Use circular motions with a pumice stone and gentle back-and-forth motions with a foot file.
Moisturise every night
Regularly moisturising your feet will heal existing dry skin and prevent further drying in the future. Remember to moisturise your feet after using an exfoliator or a pumice stone as this will help seal in moisture and prevent further damage. You can either use pure petroleum jelly or use a natural oil such as coconut or almond oil.
Wearing suitable socks prevents friction, ensuring that there is lesser skin irritation when wearing shoes. Socks made from cotton are soft and breathable, which means they’re less likely to sweat and dry out your feet from excess moisture loss.
Choose the right footwear
It is always better to wear flat, well-fitting shoes that provide good support to the feet. But if you prefer to wear heels, then don’t forget to regularly moisturise and protect the skin on your feet. Also, flip-flops and open shoes expose the feet to the elements, which can cause the skin to dry out. So it’s important to limit the number of times you wear these kind of open footwear.
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