Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Dead Skin From Your Feet
Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Dead Skin From Your Feet

Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Dead Skin From Your Feet

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Dry, dead skin on the feet is an extremely common condition that affects all of us. So common that 90% of UK women have foot problems and the College of Podiatry reveals that 45% of women suffer from painful cracked heels. Ouch. 

No surprise, as the average person walks 115,000 miles in a lifetime. 

Thankfully, there is a plethora of treatment creams and tools you can use to remove even the thickest skin from your feet.

Beauty Daily lists down five ways how to remove thick dead skin from feet.

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What causes hard, dry skin on your feet?

There are plenty of reasons why you build up thick, hard, dry skin on the feet: from standing for long periods to using harsh soaps and improper foot care.  

Our skin lacks moisture due to our feet being in constant closed shoes or shoes making them susceptible to friction, rubbing and pressure. Experts say these stress the feet, leading to irritation and blistering. Even if you are wearing shoes that fit well, walking or running a lot can lead to corns and calluses. 

Charlotte McHale, Clarins Training Manager, explains: “The skin on the feet is the thickest one compared to the rest of the body. For this reason, it is prone to drying, thickening (callus) and peeling.”

In addition, the skin on the feet is made of several sweat glands but no oil glands, making it more susceptible to being dehydrated and sensitive. Smoking, stress, excessive exposure to the sun, dehydration, hot baths and showers, and low humidity worsen the picture.

Plus, as you age, sweat glands lose their effectiveness, meaning feet get drier and more cracked the older we get.  

Here are the five best ways to remove dead skin from your feet: 

1. Prep work: remove hard skin

Don’t soak your feet yet. Instead, remove the bulk of dead skin when feet are still dry with a pro foot file. When feet are wet this can mask areas that need to be treated and also tear skin too. We love this budget-friendly file by Jessica. Begin filing with the coarse side first in one direction and then finish with the smooth side. It’s satisfying as you see the dry skin turn to dust.

Tip: Place a towel down to catch the debris that falls from the feet.   

2. Softening tactics 

Soaking your feet will soften the skin and prepare it for the granular-style scrub or pumice stone. 

When removing dead skin from the heels and pads of your feet, McHale recommends using a pumice stone. “It’s a light, yet abrasive, stone that can effectively slough and shed off dead skin cells. It can also soften your calluses.”  

Tip: Choose natural stone pumice as they are kinder to your feet and for the environment too. Look for versions that are ‘natural’ or state they are made from ‘pure volcanic lava rock’. 

Start gently massaging your feet, focusing on specific areas like the heel and the ball of the foot (especially if you have calluses), but leave the softer arch or top of the feet alone.  

3. Exfoliate dead skin 

Follow up with a foot scrub to exfoliate the dead skin that sits superficially on the skin’s surface.  

Beauty Daily recommends using the Exfoliating Body Scrub. This product contains smoothing natural bamboo powders and a hint of ginger that effectively buffs away rough, flaky surface cells and impurities, revealing soft baby feet. It will also prepare the skin for the treatment that follows.

4. Cocoon your feet in a foot cream

Experts say the best way to prevent dead skin from forming on your feet is to moisturise regularly. So, once the hard skin is removed post-soaking, scrubbing and exfoliating – soothe the soles of the feet using a rich, moisturising and hydrating foot cream.

When looking for foot creams, opt for the ones formulated with shea butter. Multiple studies have shown that shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce the redness of dry and cracked feet. Shea butter is also beneficial for treating itchiness and eliminating walking discomfort. 

Foot Cream

Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream is not only formulated with shea butter but also with antifungal arnica extract and virgin cashew nut oil, which all work to renew and protect from ankle to toe without the need for medical solutions, unless severe health problems arise, requiring more than a foot treatment. This foot cream relieves swelling and fatigue. And thanks to myrrh, it also strengthens and beautifies nails. 

5. Use cotton socks 

After generously slathering on the foot cream, slip into some cotton socks and leave on overnight. This can help your feet lock in moisture while you sleep. 

Experts say wearing cotton socks after moisturising can help keep your heels from drying out and improve cracked heels in super-quick time.

How to prevent dry feet?

  1. Follow proper foot hygiene at least once a week. 
  2. Opt for a warm bath (not hot) and avoid harsh soaps and lotions. 
  3. Wear footwear that fits correctly.
  4. Instead of vigorously rubbing the feet after a shower, gently pat them dry with a clean towel.

If your feet still suffer from drying and cracking and home remedies haven’t been helping, we recommend seeking a professional approach to care – find a podiatrist here.

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