As our feet are usually only exposed in Summer months, we can often neglect them for the rest of the year when it comes to our body care routines. Your feet bear your weight every day, so it’s no surprise that the skin on your soles can become dry and cracked. But what can you do to get rid of dry feet? Learn more about the causes, and the best way to treat them.
What causes dry skin on your feet?
Dry skin is caused by a lack of moisture, and our feet are especially susceptible. They’re exposed to high levels of heat and humidity when we wear tight shoes and boots, so they sweat much more than other areas of the body. Our feet are also the only part of the body which don’t have any sebaceous glands, which are responsible for producing sebum – an oily substance that protects our skin and helps it to retain moisture.
Dry feet can also be caused by the constant pressure of standing, walking, exercising and bearing your body weight every day. This can cause dry skin to form on the pressure points of the feet, especially around the heels, where skin is likely to dry out, thicken and crack, resulting in callouses.
If you’re expecting, you may have noticed your feet have become more dry than normal during your pregnancy. Women’s feet can expand by up to two shoe sizes when pregnant, and changes in hormone levels can result in a loss of elasticity and moisture in the skin.
How do you treat dry feet?
To treat cracked heels and dry feet, a physical exfoliator, such as a foot file or pumice stone, will help to get rid of the dead cells on the skin’s surface and make way for new, healthier ones. For maximum effectiveness, you should exfoliate during a foot soak. Resting your feet in warm water for 10-15 minutes will improve the blood circulation and loosen dry skin, making it easier to buff away the dead cells. When you’ve finished soaking and rinsed your feet, always pat them down with a towel, as opposed to rubbing, which can lead to irritation.
Most importantly, always remember to moisturise your feet after you’ve soaked them, as this will form a thick barrier on the skin’s surface to help skin retain its moisture. For a formula that will nourish and hydrate dry feet, try Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream. Our 99.4% natural formula contains real coconut oil, which has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties – ideal for healing damaged skin. It’s also blended with rosemary, a natural disinfectant, and peppermint to soothe irritation and dryness.