Many people suffer from dry skin on their feet. Unlike other parts of our body, the skin on our feet is naturally thicker and drier since it does not have any oil glands. So it must rely on thousands of sweat glands to keep it moisturised and healthy.
But you can’t force the sweat glands alone to do the job. If you don’t moisturise your feet on a regular basis, the already dry skin on your feet can worsen quickly. Soon, it becomes unsightly and stops looking healthy or pretty as before. It can also become painful and itchy, causing acute discomfort in some cases. By removing the old, dead skin and hydrating the new, you’ll soon restore your feet to their pristine good looks.
Recognising dry skin on feet
Dry skin on the feet appears cracked, dry and can sometimes look red and itchy. Usually, most of the dry skin on the feet appears white, rather than yellowish (which usually indicates a callus). The severity of dry skin can range from rough, dry skin to painful, peeling or flaking areas and red, itchy patches.
Although anyone can suffer from dry skin on their feet, you are more likely to suffer from the problem as you get older. It can appear anywhere on the feet, but it most commonly affects the heels, ball of the foot and sides of the feet.
Although the skin on our feet is naturally dry, there are many things that can worsen it. Some of the most common causes of dry skin on the feet include having showers and baths in really hot water, or using harsh soaps that strip moisture from the skin. Other causes include cold weather and dry air (for example, when we have heating or the air conditioning on for long), ageing and excessive sun exposure.
Although symptoms of dry foot skin tend to start off mild at first, they can easily worsen and develop into other problems if not treated on time. Long-term dry skin on the feet is more difficult to correct and manage, and you may end up with dry, cracked feet that are painful or even infected for months. So it is important to treat the dry skin on the feet with a regular foot care routine.
Top tips for softer skin
There are simple steps you can take to keep dry skin on the feet at bay, and rehydrate any skin that looks like it needs help.
- Moisturise your feet daily.
- Wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe. If you must wear sandals in hot weather, cleanse and moisturise your feet beforehand – the dust and heat can dry out your skin further.
- Choose soft, comfortable socks, as dry skin on the feet is especially sensitive to contact irritants, which can make it drier and itchier.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated, and try to increase your intake of essential fatty acids (found in canola oil, flaxseed oil, walnuts and evening primrose oil). These help hydrate the dry skin by decreasing the amount of water lost through the skin's surface.
- Make sure to remove dry / hard skin as part of your daily beauty regime to prevent a buildup of dry, hard skin.
- Replace harsh soaps with a product specifically designed for dry feet, such as a good foot soak, which will add moisture.
- When you’ve soaked your feet, lock in moisture with Scholl Dry Skin Recovery Cream, and you’ll soon see a visible improvement in skin texture and softness. Using a specially-designed cream which contains the all-important omega-6 and vitamins A and E, will give your skin the best chance of absorbing moisture and restoring a soft, supple look and feel.