Do you have dry, itchy feet? Maybe the skin on your feet is red, or rough and flaky, or perhaps your heels have cracks in them? These are all common symptoms of having dry feet. Unlike the rest of the body, the skin on your feet doesn't have any oil glands. This means sweat glands are the only source of moisture in your feet.
Unfortunately, these sweat glands aren't always enough to keep your feet looking supple and smooth. Common causes of dry feet include non-moisturizing soaps, hot showers, cold weather, sun exposure, and aging. In more severe cases, the condition can also cause a strong itching/burning sensation, so it's always smart to get the issue treated quickly. Here are some simple remedies you can try at home.
1. Lemon Juice
The acid in lemon juice dissolves old skin. Soak your feet in lemon juice for ten minutes a day, then use a loofah to scrub off the skin flakes afterwards.
2. Olive Oil
Olive oil is simply wonderful for skin care, and works just as well on your feet as anywhere else. Add some drops of lavender or lemon essential oils for even more effective healing.
Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, has long been used as a moisturizer. Apply Vaseline all over your feet, including the tops and between the toes. Let this absorb overnight, wearing cotton socks to help retain the Vaseline. Rinse your feet off in the morning.
You may already be familiar with the use of "sugar scrubs" for skin care and beauty. Simply combine equal parts brown sugar and olive oil, then massage the feet with this exfoliating scrub. Pay special attention to any areas with rough skin. Massage for 10-15 minutes, then rinse.
Honey, in my eyes, is a miracle substance. I find a new use almost every day, and it may be shorter to list the things honey can't help with. All you need to do is soak your dry feet in warm water mixed with honey. In 10-15 minutes, your feet should be noticeably softer.
Milk is rich in vitamin A and has a host of other nutrients that all work together to promote healthy skin. Additionally, the lactic acid in milk aids in the shedding of dead skin cells and the production of new ones. Make a milk foot soak by mixing one cup milk with five to seven cups of warm water.
7. Sesame Oil
Sesame oil contains high concentrations of vitamin E. Like olive oil, it's also great for the skin, but sesame oil also packs antibacterial qualities. To avail yourself of its benefits, soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes, then rub them with sesame oil. Repeat nightly.
Turmeric is one of my favorite spices to stock in the kitchen. Not only does it add great color and flavor, it also has more health benefits than I could list in a single sitting (including fighting cancer). If your dry feet are caused by athlete's foot, in particular, then this remedy is for you. Mix three tablespoons of turmeric powder with a few drops of coconut oil to make a paste. Apply to the affected area, and let sit for about a half hour before washing off with warm water and mild soap. Be warned: turmeric stains very easily and will likely turn your feet temporarily yellowish. Don't be alarmed: it'll come off on its own eventually.
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