Develop a Moisturizing Habit
As we slide into winter, the climate tends to become much colder, and can turn our feet drier and rougher as well.
Why do feet tend to be more susceptible to dryness like this? Feet lack as many oil glands as other areas of your skin have to help lock in moisture. Our feet are better at giving out moisture than keeping it in!
Providing extra assistance with moisturizer can be so beneficial during drier months. You don’t have to break the bank on high-end products to get good results, either. It can be helpful for some patients to avoid fragrances and additives that might irritate their feet.
Specific beneficial ingredients include:
- Exfoliants such as salicylic acid and urea, which can help break up and remove dry, dead skin cells.
- Humectants such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and urea (again), which do the heavy lifting of adding moisture to the skin.
- Occlusives such as shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, and petrolatum, which help seal moisture into the skin.
While some of these ingredients might sound synthetic, they are not. They are all naturally occurring and many – such as urea and hyaluronic acid – are produced by the body.
The best time to moisturize is following a shower or a foot soak, after patting the feet dry. Moisturize well but be careful not to let lotion or cream accumulate between the toes. That can weaken the skin over time and cause problems, especially if you have diabetes.
And while we’ve mentioned shower time…