Walk This Way: Tips For Taking Better Care Of Your Feet
Your feet are probably one of the most, if not the most, overworked parts of your body, and chances are that you don't treat them with the care that they need. Because they're not visible most of the time, it's easy to forget that your feet need (and deserve) the same amount of primping that your face and hands need to stay healthy and happy. If you're looking for a few low-budget ideas on how to take better care of your feet without needing a spa or specialized equipment, then here's what you need to know.
Scrub The Scum
One of the biggest signs that you're not taking care of your feet like you should be are those hard edges of collected dry skin around the circumference of your heels and the balls of your feet. Getting rid of these rings will give you instantly softer skin, and prevent the dry skin from catching on fabrics like your socks or sheets. To remove this problem, take a pumice stone (found at your local supermarket) and use it in the shower or while soaking your feet. Rub the stone against the hard edges of skin until you can't feel the rings anymore. You should repeat this weekly in order to keep your feet soft and ring free.
Epsom Salt Soaks
Epsom salt—named after a small English town—is one of the most-used products in the beauty world, due to its myriad powers. The powers that are of interest to you right now, however, are its antibacterial properties and its ability to soften your feet and get rid of any smell that might be clinging to them. In order to perform an Epsom soak correctly, fill a large bowl with hot (but not scalding) water so that it covers your feet entirely and pour in about half a cup of Epsom salt, letting your feet soak for about a half an hour to 45 minutes.
Sleep With Socks
If you find that your feet are constantly dry and that no amount of soaking them or scrubbing off the dead skin can keep them supple and moisturized, then it may be time to consider sleeping with socks on. Socks will keep the moisture in your feet actually in the skin, rather than having them dry out overnight (which is especially possible if you run the AC or a fan). You'll wake up with softer skin with little to no conscious effort from you. For an added burst of moisture, apply a thick lotion right before you put your socks on; the lotion will moisturize your feet over the next few hours, while the socks will keep the lotion on your feet and off your sheets.
If you are still suffering from dry, cracked feet after these home remedies, talk to a dermatologist like Center Of Dermatology PC/Herschel E Stoller MD for professional assistance.