Dry feet tips: Tip of the Day 8-17-22
As we get older, skin doesn’t hold moisture like it did during younger years. Feet may start to feel near impossible to keep moisturized. Experts say, with just a little extra TLC, your feet can maintain softness and hydration a little easier.
Experts say Epsom salt helps break down dead skin so it comes off easier when exfoliated. Soaking feet in Epsom salt for 15 minutes is a great way to prep them before jumping in the shower. When you’re in the shower, use a pumice stone to exfoliate the heels of your feet. Don’t be to aggressive with the pumice stone, even if your feet have been neglected. You might have to use the pumice stone over a period of time before the dead skin is fully exfoliated if it’s been a while since you pampered your feet.
Hot water strips skin of hydration, so switching to lukewarm water can help prevent extra moisture loss. After showering, use a thick moisturizer or foot balm within 5 minutes on your feet. Wearing a heel protector and hydrating foot cream at night will help prevent dryness and cracking.
Bonus tip: Look for moisturizer with Vitamin E for best foot moisturizing abilities!
Feet also need to be protected from the sun when exposed. Apply SPF to any exposed areas of the feet, including heels.
*Severely dry/cracked feet could be due to a medical condition like diabetes. See your dermatologist if your heels are extremely dry and cracking.