Dry skin on feet is an issue that many people face, and there are a number of reasons why it can occur. Finding the best method to treat your dry skin can often be a case of identifying the cause and then treating the problem appropriately.
Identifying Cracked and Dry Skin on Feet
Cracked skin is mainly a symptom of dry skin, and occurs when the skin becomes so rough and flaky that small tears begin to form due to lack of sufficient moisture in the skin, as well as lacking elasticity. These small tears grow bigger under stress (stretching and twisting that can occur from pressure or movement), becoming fissures that extend much deeper into the layers of the skin. Cracked skin can also be caused by cuts and scrapes in the skin not healing properly, hardening rather than healing, and forming the same fissures than can occur with dry skin on feet.
Causes of Cracked Skin
The first step towards tackling your cracked and dry skin is to eliminate the source. Whilst we’re not always able to prevent things such as cuts and scratches, there are actions that can be taken towards preventing dry skin on feet.
- Seasonal Change
Dry skin on feet and heels are most closely associated with the winter months. This is because the cold dry weather draws moisture out of your skin, all over your body, but also from your feet.
Long hot baths can also wash away the natural oils of your skin. These oils are essential for locking in moisture and preventing your skin from drying out and cracking. It’s advisable to opt for showers rather than baths, and limit these to a few minutes. You can also avoid rubbing your feet dry afterwards, as this can further remove these oils, pat your feet dry and then apply a moisturizer such as the Amopé Pedi Perfect™ Daily Moisturizer.
- Harsh Soaps
Just like hot water, soaps can strip the essential oils from your skin. It’s tempting to wash our feet vigorously and with harsh soaps, particularly when it’s necessary to combat foot odor. Cracked skin can be avoided by making sure you treat your feet with care, and use products that help to preserve your skin’s natural protection.
Treating your Cracked and Dry Skin
If you suffer from cracked skin, you can help boost your body’s natural renewal and repair process by using a specific moisturizing cream. Apply the cream twice daily onto clean dry skin on feet, and you can see visible improvements within three days. It’s important to start your treatment as soon as possible, as cracked skin and heels are problems that can get worse and very painful over time. To prevent cracked skin conditions on your feet it’s recommended to regularly use a moisturizing cream and to remove hard skin. Use the Amopé Pedi Perfect™ Daily Moisturizer for soft and conditioned feet.
Don’t suffer, take our advice on how to prevent and treat cracked skin and keep your feet perfectly healthy.