Dry skin can be a real nuisance, but dry skin on the feet can be especially annoying. I’ve had a problem with dry skin for as long as I can remember, and have recently developed a problem with dry, cracked feet. Not only are dry feet embarrassing, but they can be painful if the cracks are deep. Deep cracks can also bleed and become infected if left untreated, so it’s best to take care of the problem sooner rather than later. I pride myself on being as beautiful as possible, and dry, unattractive feet certainly aren’t conducive to beauty, especially when you’re wearing your favorite pair of sandals or getting romantic with your sweetheart. When I discovered that my feet had become hideous with dry, cracked skin, I took immediate action. I tried many remedies before finally attaining success and reverting my feet back to the soft, smooth and attractive feet they were previously. I try to avoid using any products that contain harsh chemicals and preservatives since they seem to dry out my feet even more, and the following natural remedies seemed to work wonders at restoring my feet’s original level of moisture.
1. White Vinegar – I knew that white vinegar was useful for a great deal of things, including cleaning your house, removing wall paper, removing chewing gum from certain surfaces and much more. Never before did I realize that this natural product was useful for dry feet until a few months ago. White vinegar helps dry skin on feet by balancing the PH in the skin, encouraging healthy skin. All you have to do is add 1 cup of vinegar to 2 gallons of water each night and soak your feet for about 45 minutes. You’ll soon be rewarded with lovely, soft and healthy feet if you practice this in conjunction with the other remedies.
2. Pumice Stone– Just about everyone has used or at least seen pumice stones at the store before. Pumice stones can be found at just about any drug store or mass merchandiser, and for a good reason: they actually work. Using a pumice stone that has been wet will work wonders at rubbing away dry skin that refuses to respond to moisturizers. By removing this dry skin, your feet will have the ability to better absorb moisturizers, which will encourage smoother, softer feet.
3. Natural Oils– You don’t have to waste your money on so-called foot creams, because even though they’re supposedly specially made to combat dry feet, if your feet are like mine were, you probably won’t be very successful. Nothing is better when it comes to moisturizing your feet-and your entire body if you desire-than good ole old-fashioned oil. Any oils that contain healthy fatty acids like olive, coconut, or macadamia nut oils are terrific, as are many others. Simply apply liberally after bathing, using a pumice stone and/or soaking in vinegar, and your feet will love you dearly.
4. Hydration– If your body is not properly hydrated, you can’t expect your skin to be properly hydrated either. Although many doctors suggest drinking at least 6 – 8 glasses of water a day, your body may actually require more, especially if you’re very active, take medication, or suffer from chronic illnesses. So, tweaking your daily consumption of water may actually be very helpful for improving your dry feet, so you should give it a try.
5. Honey- Not many people would believe that this popular sweetener can be a great home remedy for dry feet, but surprisingly it can work miracles. Honey, specifically in its raw form, is a great natural antibacterial, healer and anti-fungal. If your dry feet are also cracked, rubbing on a liberal amount of raw honey after your bath each day will quickly heal the cracks and help to encourage the lubrication of your skin as well.
There is no reason to suffer with dry, unattractive, cracked feet, nor is it necessary to throw away your money by purchasing the various “foot-repair” kits available in stores. You can create your own foot repair regime right at home with the use of the above-mentioned items, and you are likely to have more success with these pure and natural items than you would ever have with the chemical-laden store-bought products.
Dr. Groffe – Healing with raw honey – www.drgrotte.com/honey-medicine.shtml
Live Strong Home Remedies – www.livestrong.com/article/97384-home-remedies-dry-feet/
Mayo Clinic Water Intake Requirements -http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283
The Healthy Living Site, Dry, Cracked Feet – thehealthylivingsite.com/2010/06/29/fast-fix-remedies-for-dry-cracked-feet/