Dry skin on the feet is a very common problem that is not only unsightly but can also be painful. Dry skin is more likely to crack and develop painful calluses. The sensation of dryness is uncomfortable, it feels as if the skin is not breathing and it may itch.
There are many factors that contribute to dry foot skin. If a person generally has dry skin on the other parts of the body, the skin of the feet will be the worst. In wintertime, the difference is indoor and outdoor temperature can cause drying of the skin, as well as the dry air in artificially heated rooms. In the summer, on the other hand, wearing sandals or going barefoot exposes the skin to the dirt and dust that additionally dry up the precious moisture of the skin.
There are literally thousands of commercial products that aim to relieve dry feet, some of them are truly effective but some are not, and the prices can be unreasonably high.
It might be a good idea to try some of the home remedies instead. They are certainly cheaper, but more importantly they are all-natural without artificial ingredients.
A vinegar soak is a very effective remedy for dry and calloused skin. It is very easy to make, all it takes is a large bowl filled with warm water, some dishwashing detergent and a cup of white vinegar. Feet should be soaked in this liquid for 30 minutes, then rinsed and dried thoroughly. Following this treatment, some lotion, best if made especially for very dry skin, should be rubbed generously and the feet should be covered in clean cotton socks.
For those who mind the smell of vinegar, a similar soak can be made with baking soda. Half a cup of baking soda is added for each gallon of water used.
These home treatments will leave the skin very clean and soft.
Interestingly, the hair products for dandruff that contain salicylic acid can be very efficient for dry and calloused feet as well. They should be rubbed in with a brush and left for the same amount of time prescribed for the use on hair or scalp.
Of course, there is the simplest and the most popular way to restore moisture of the dry skin-the lotion and socks method. A foot lotion, dry skin lotion or any other moisturizing product is applied generously all over the feet every night before going to bed. Clean cotton socks are used both to protect sheets and to lock in the moisture. It is important that the socks are made of cotton that allows the skin to breathe.
If this routine is repeated for three or four days it will give excellent results, the skin will be soft and smooth and the calluses will be easier to manage.