Loose and dry skin around the feet is a common skin care issue that many people will have to deal with. Since lots of people like to wear open shoes—which allows the weather to become a factor in affecting the skin around your feet—many times the skin can get dry and loose, and sometimes even cracked, which can be very painful. But there are some easy, quick fixes that can easily allow you to overcome this and, quite literally, get back on your feet.
Proper Foot Hygiene
Make sure you are incorporating proper hygiene regimens into your lifestyle to heal dry and loose skin on your feet. For example, for those who suffer from dry and cracked feet—generally persons who wear open-toed shoes, sandals, and heels—washing your feet a few times per day is a start. Using a mild cleanser with no alcohol, fragrances or sodium laurel sulfate—a foaming agent that can dry out your skin—can do wonders for the skin around your feet. It not only helps to remove the dead skin cells and dirt, but it can also increase the blood flow in the area, promote overall cleanliness and moisturize the area by allowing newer, more elastic and toned skin to grow back. You can try adding some salt to the water as well, for a more intense soak. Follow up by moisturizing your feet using a high quality foot cream.
Use a Pumice Stone
A rubbing pumice stone should be your best friend in the bathroom if you are suffering from loose, dry skin on your feet. With such a stone, you can easily—after soaking your feet or taking a bath—rub away the dead skin cells and help the skin reproduce more collagen, which will aid in tightening the skin. Make sure you don’t overdo it with a pumice stone and rub your feet raw in the process. A good rule of thumb is to use the stone lightly, not aggressively, until your skin is lightly pink-colored. Then follow through with a high-grade foot moisturizer that offers toning and texturing benefits.
Apply Shea Butter
Look for foot creams that are rich with the emollient Shea butter, coconut milk and vitamin E, which is a skin rejuvenator. Skin care professionals recommend such foot creams because they have been shown to work wonders—nearly overnight—for loose, dry skin on the feet. The Shea butter and coconut milk go to work on adding the necessary moisture, while the vitamin E helps to tighten the skin and make it smoother.