Our feet take us everywhere. They bear the weight of our bodies. They are all we have to stand on. Yet, they tend to be one of the most neglected parts of our body. We care for our
Causes of Dry Feet:
Dry feet is one of the most common foot problems. The skin on the bottom of our feet tends to be drier than the rest of our body for a number of reasons:
- The skin on the bottom of our feet is much thicker than the rest of our body which means it’s harder for products to penetrate the skin.
- Our feet don’t have oil glands that are generally found in hair follicles.
- Poor foot care regimen can also lead to dry feet.
- Harsh soaps and foot products that contain harmful chemicals can also dry out the skin.
- Poor-fitting shoes, walking barefoot, keeping your feet in socks and shoes all day, and sandals can all lead to dry feet.
- Poor nutrition and certain disorders such as diabetes are another cause of dry feet.
A more detailed list of causes of dry feet can be found here.
Dry feet can lead to corns, calluses, and cracks which can be very painful and even get infected. The good news is that a little TLC can go a long way. And it doesn’t have to be expensive nor time-consuming. There are simple ways to remedy dry feet at home. The important part is to develop a consistent foot care regimen that works for you and sticking to it.
Here are some home remedies for dry feet to get you started:
Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes in the bathtub or a bowl or bucket. Use warm water as hot water can further dry the skin. You can add Epsom salt or a salt blend that is made for feet. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for added benefits.
Gently scrub your feet using a sugar scrub or natural pumice stone. Be sure to scrub your feet while they’re still wet to remove the dead skin. Give extra attention to corns and calluses.
You can make a scrub at home by mixing together the following everyday ingredients:
- Brown Sugar – 1/2 cup
- Olive Oil – 1 tablespoon
- Coconut Oil – 6 tablespoon (at room temperature)
Note: Scrubbing is not the best idea if you have deep cracks on your feet. Also, avoid soaking for too long as it will prevent the cracks from healing. Instead, moisturize your feet every night for a few nights until the cracks are healed and then proceed with soaking and scrubbing.
If you use a pumice rock, make sure it’s natural and not made in a factory as it can contain harmful chemicals that can further dry out your skin and also be harmful to your health.
Moisturize & Massage:
Rinse and pat your skin dry after the soak and scrub. Use a soft towel and do not fully dry your feet. You want some of the moisture to be left. Apply a hydrating foot product immediately to lock in the moisture.
Be sure to massage the product onto your feet, on and around your toenails, the top of your feet, and your ankles. Avoid applying the product in between your toes. Continue massaging until the product is fully absorbed.
Note: It’s important to moisturize using a product that is made specifically for feet. Body and hand lotions generally lack the ingredients that can help penetrate the moisture into the deeper layers of the skin.
Also, be sure to use a foot product that is made with pure, clean, and preferably organic ingredients.
Elevate your feet for 5-10 minutes to recirculate clean blood.
You might have to repeat some of these steps every night until your feet are soft and smooth. After that, you might only need to do this once or twice a week. Your feet will tell you when they need some love and care. You don’t forget to care for the skin on your face, so why would you forget to care for the skin on your feet?
- Wear socks to bed after applying a moisturizing product.
- Drink more water to keep your skin hydrated.
- Use shea butter or coconut oil to moisturize.
- Add vinegar or lemon to your soak (assuming you don’t have cracks).
- Use aloe vera gel to moisturize.
It is important to know the root cause of your dry feet as it can point to a bigger health problem. Always consult your doctor if your foot problems don’t go away with home remedies.
See our Ultimate Guide to Baby Smooth Feet for more home remedies for dry feet.
Be KIND to your feet. They’ve brought you here and they continue to take to where you want to go.