We often do not realize the tremendous amount of stress our feet are under, as we walk, run and put our weight on our feet all day long. Our feet are the most neglected part of the body most of the times, and especially during cold weather, when we encase them in thick boots. The foot skin can become hard and dry during the cold weather, and the condition is exacerbated by us not taking much care of them during this time. Your feet need as much care as the rest of your body does, and they need their own skincare routine, no matter the season. If you care for your feet in the winter, they will be ready for the summer.
Learning more about hard skin and how to prevent it
Hard skin can form underfoot in many ways. The most common type of hard skin shows itself as calluses. Calluses are actually the foot’s defense mechanism against injury. They are formed when the skin on the foot is cracked, and a hard layer of skin is formed at the site to prevent further injury and infection. Calluses are normally formed when one wears shoes without socks, or walks improperly, or wears tight or loose shoes. Lack of moisture can also cause hard skin. Another major culprit are high heeled shoes, which cause corns as well as calluses on the tips of the toes or their outer edges.
Usually hard skin develops when the thicker skin on the soles of the feet becomes dry, or is under too much pressure (as a result of wearing tight shoes) and develops roughness. The skin responds by producing an excess of new skin cells on the points of pressure and friction, these areas develop hard and thickened dead skin with a rough texture and yellowish colour. As a result, the heels or the balls of the feet develop rough, circular patches of skin. Calluses are generally not harmful, but they result in painful cracked skin, bacterial infections, and even bleeding. Not only do the feet look unattractive, they can also become painful.
Foot Care Routine
To maintain beautifully soft and smooth foot skin, the hard skin must first be removed regularly and the feet moisturized. A podiatrist can remove the calluses easily, but you can do the same at home if you don’t want to book a salon appointment. Try the most effective tool to remove hard skin – the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File with Diamond Crystals. It gently buffs away the rough, dead skin to reveal smooth, soft skin beneath. A good moisturizing cream is another product you must use to soften the hard skin and prevent its recurrence. Moisturized skin is more elastic and hence more pliable, so it does not harden or break quickly. Thus, the cracks and calluses are reduced when the skin is sufficiently hydrated. Get the smoothest skin on your feet with regular use of the Scholl Foot Care Hard Skin Softening Cream.