Here in the desert our sandal season FAR outweighs our non-sandal season. Since it’s almost time to break out those summer shoes, we thought we might give you some pointers on dry skin and good foot care. It’s important to make sure those feet are “sandal ready” and in tip-top shape.
One of the biggest concerns for many people is keeping their feet looking and feeling nice. Since we spend so much time in sandals here, it’s no wonder why! Dry skin can really take a toll on your feet in both appearance and comfort.
If you have dry, cracked skin, now is the time to begin treatment. The first thing to do is to figure out the underlying cause. Dry skin can be caused by long exposure to hot water, certain skin conditions (such as eczema), cold or dry weather, low humidity, and aging. If you can easily fix the problem, for instance by taking shorter baths, then do so. If that doesn’t work there are other treatment options available.
If you have dry skin, you want to treat it quickly and effectively before it starts to crack. Once it becomes cracked it opens a gateway to infection, which can be a nasty thing to treat. You can apply lotion to your feet, but beware of hidden ingredients. Many lotions contain alcohol, which can lead to even more dryness. Baby lotion is a safe bet when it comes to moisturizing. In the bath or shower make sure to use moisturizing soaps since many soaps can have a drying effect on the skin. Also remember the importance of hydrating your skin from within. You can do this by drinking plenty of water and eating your fruits and veggies. There are home remedies you can try as well (olive oil treatments, sugar scrubs, Vaseline, soaking your feet in lemon juice), but make sure you talk things over with your doctor first.