Tips to Remove Dry Skin from your Feet
January 4, 2015
Ways to Achieve a Sandal-Ready Feet
Are you worried or embarrassed about wearing sandals or flip-flops in public due to cracked, dry feet? Our feet are the most neglected part of the body, well that is in my case. One of the main issues of our feet is dry skin, cracked heels, and callouses. We may not all have the luxury of time and money for a trip to the salon for a pedicure and foot spa. Thus, I have searched the web for any effective ways “how to remove dry skin from your feet” and here are some easy and economical steps:
- Soak your feet in warm water, and white/apple cider vinegar – apple cider vinegar (or ACV) is an amazing product that you can find in your cupboard. Vinegar softens the dry skin on your feet and not only that, it helps to get rid of smelly feet and toenail fungus, this home remedy battles more than just one foot issues. Soak your feet in a solution with a ratio of 1:1 for about 30 – 45 minutes. Pat it dry and carefully brush off any excess skin with a pumice stone or foot brush (some people use sandpaper) and then rinse with water and then, pat dry. Do this once or twice a week depending on the case.
Other alternatives are using lemon as a foot soak instead of vinegar. Its natural acid breaks down the dry skin and just like the vinegar; it also keeps your feet from smelling; Oatmeal as a natural foot scrub; and in my case, since I live near the beach and is quite easy to have a day out, I like to exfoliate my feet with sand. This is a free and effective way to keep my feet smooth and supple.
Note: There are some people who have used Listerine mouthwash as a foot soak, while others worked for them which is good but the downside is that it is quite difficult to get rid of the color – unless you don’t mind having blue feet or looking like a smurf. So I would just stick with white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
- Apply and massage through lotion, foot cream or petroleum jelly on your feet to keep the moisture locked in. In my case, I use peppermint lotion because this also helps to rejuvenate tired feet and legs.
- Before bedtime, apply lotion or petroleum jelly on your feet and put socks on, this way it also keeps your feet moisturized overnight. Do this every night.
These are the basics, and personally, I have tried this, and it worked out for me. However, there are cases in which these steps may not work due to underlying causes such as diabetes, psoriasis or eczema. It is best to consult a podiatrist or chiropodist for expert advice and treatment. On the other hand, if it worked for you, best to get those sandals out and your feet moving! Learn more how to take of your beauty tips here.