5 Simple Steps To "Heel" Your Hard-Working Feet
Your feet deserve to be treated with a little more TLC from time to time! If you’re someone who spends all day on your feet, squeezing them into a heel before running to the office, or moving around freely in a sandal during the summer months, you know that your feet can take quite a beating on a daily basis! But just because they are hardy and capable of handling harsh treatment, it doesn't mean that they don't need a little extra love sometimes – because they’re not as durable as you may think...
We can all be a little guilty of neglecting our soles, heels, and toes – causing many of us to suffer from hard, dry, cracked skin on our feet. For some, this can develop into a rather painful issue, turning into large dead skin build-ups on the heels that crack and…well, it’s painful and unsightly! So, it’s a good idea to get on top of the situation before it gets to the point of no return.
Have you found yourself looking down at your feet in a sandal during the summer months to see broken, dry and cracked skin? It really doesn't look or feel very nice! If that is you, take a look at some of the simple things you can do to your feet at home that will give them a whole new lease on life…
1. File & Buff
If you have noticed that the skin around your heel and outside of your toes is a little on the hard side, giving the skin a file could do wonders for its health and condition. A lot of heels, when overused and under cared for, can crack and become extremely dry – resembling barren desserts with little moisture. The last thing you want is for it to get any worse, so it’s time to take action…
Regularly giving the skin on your feet a file, you could help prevent your skin becoming cracked and hard. It might sound aggressive – filing the skin on your feet - but it will keep the heels and sides of your feet in good condition. But don’t overdo it! If you’re feeling pain or discomfort, you may be filing the skin too forcefully. Try to be gentle and use a soft pumice stone, as the skin under the dry, hard layer will be vulnerable and new… you don’t want to damage these layers of skin.
2. Add Some Moisture
Particularly in the winter months, your skin can dry out due to the cold weather and harsh heating. So, just like any other part of your body, your feet will also feel the punishment of the winter chill – causing a lot of dry skin. You can do one simple thing to combat this problem and leave your feet feeling supple, smooth and crack free… moisturize! Whether it’s in the morning, at night, or just after your shower or bath, smothering those heels and toes of yours in a rejuvenating, rich moisturizer will do wonders!
Our intense moisturizing Heel Defend is the perfect answer. This powerful cream has healing properties all thanks to its natural ingredients. Packed with tea tree oil to help remove any unwanted dead skin on those hard heels, and safflower which will retain the moisture on any patches of hard, dry skin, our Heel Defend will not only get rid of the broken cracked skin, but will restore and repair it too!
3. Soak, Soak, Soak
Any time you start treatment on your feet, make sure you give them a soak first. This will help soften the skin and will make it easier to remove – but be careful: Water can actually dry your skin out, so only soak your feet for 10 minutes at a time. Soaking your feet can feel rather therapeutic too, so why not add a little lemon juice to the water? Lemon juice is a mild acid that will help reduce and dissolve the dry, dead build-up of skin around your toes and heels caused by the wear and tear of day to day life.
4. Reduce The Temperature
Putting your feet into extremely hot water can contribute to creating dry skin on your feet – as mentioned above. If you’re already suffering from hard, cracked heels, then the last thing you want is for your skin to become drier! This will only irritate the problem and cause the dry cracks to become larger and deeper - opening them up to infection. Make sure you use lukewarm water as the reduced temperature will be gentler to your sensitive, fragile skin. Try to keep away from exposing your feet to hot environments too – avoid the odd sauna or steam room, they will only make matters worse.
5. Be Gentle When Drying
When getting out of the shower or the bath, the skin on your feet will be a lot softer than it normally is day to day, so it’s at this time that you need to be a little gentle. If you’re not going to file the heel or perform a treatment, you need to make sure you dry your feet properly. It might sound a little contradictory, but if your rub your foot too vigorously, you may do more damage to the skin than help. You see, if you damage the broken skin, it will take a lot longer to repair and heal - resulting in more pain and discomfort for yourself.
Make sure you lightly dab the troublesome areas on your feet and avoid rubbing them dry. This will help combat any unwanted irritation to the already sensitive, vulnerable skin. Leaving your skin damp can also lead to fungal infections, so ensuring you thoroughly dry them is key!
Try to be a little more thoughtful when it comes to your feet…they may be able to take a lot of day to day activity and stress, but it will take its toll on the skin and the health of your heels. So, take the time every once in a while, to give your feet a little bit of attention. Having smooth, soft healthy toes and heels will make you feel a million bucks! No more cracked and unsightly skin when you slide your feet into the summer sandal. Let’s put in the effort to give some tender love and care to our feet…they do a lot for us, so the odd weekly treatment is a great way to say thank you.
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