August 8, 2013
Let's face it, feet are not the best looking body parts, but if you've let your toes go since the start of summer, the time to step up to the plate and repair the damage is now. Sure, it can be easy to avoid applying a new coat of professional nail polish each week, especially if you just ruin the application at the beach, but letting issues like cracked heels and dry skin go is a major no-no.
Here are a few tips for taking back control of your feet:
While it might be annoying to have dry skin on your arms, lips or legs, there is perhaps no worse place to experience this skin woe than on your feet. Luckily, there are ways to ward off dry skin and it starts with using moisturizing skincare products. According to Prevention magazine, there are too few oil glands on the feet, making it easy for dryness to occur and worse, stick around.
The best way to combat this issue is to pick up a foot-specific lotion like Elemis Spa At Home Treat Your Feet Foot Cream, since options like this are naturally thicker and more moisturizing than standard creams. While you can apply foot lotion whenever you feet feel dry, it's a good idea to apply a thick layer of cream right after you get out of the shower or bath. This is the time when the pores are open, allowing the lotion to seep in and soothe the dry skin from the inside out.
Feet are made with thicker skin than the rest of the body because these extremities have to support the weight of our frames, as well as deal with the pressure of walking and running. Even though the thicker skin is beneficial, it can also easily develop problems like calluses or corns if a certain area of the foot is getting more pressure than the rest, thus making the skin in these spots even thicker than before, Woman's Day magazine reports.
Some calluses and corns can be painful, while others are just an eyesore. Either way, you can solve this problem with the help of scrubs. Using an exfoliating product like Mandara Spa Citrus Spice Sugar Scrub three times a week can help to slowly erase the callus, while working to ensure it won't cause you any pain.