Isn’t summer the best? I just love the warm weather, throwing on sandals, heading to the beach and relaxing with friends. However, one of my least favorite parts about sandal season is the dry, cracked heels that often come with frequently wearing sandals or flip-flops. When you look down at your feet and see those white, dry heels full of callouses and cracks, it really decreases the sexy factor of that favorite pair of sexy heels. Luckily, there are some great, easy home remedies you can use to help keep your heels moisturized and smooth this summer.
So why do our feet get so crusty and dry during the summer? When you are walking barefoot in sandals where your feet is experiencing friction, your foot naturally builds up a thick, callous like layer to protect itself from the friction and the hard surfaces. If you find you are constantly in sandals or barefoot in the summer months, consider switching it up a bit. Try wearing soft, cushioned slippers when you’re in the house, or at least some soft, cushioned socks. Wear sneakers with socks if you plan to go somewhere like an amusement park and do a lot of walking.
Be sure to keep yourself properly hydrated so your skin doesn’t dehydrate. As a rule of thumb, I usually suggest AT LEAST half your body weight in ounces a day, and even more in the summer. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should be drinking at least 100 oz. of water every day. If you drink coffee or soda, which are dehydrating, then you need to drink more water to make up for it.
Healthy fats are essential to good skin health. I’m not talking about the kind you find in cheese, chips or burgers. You want to choose HEALTHY fats! Some of my favorites healthy fats that can help improve skin elasticity and moisture are avocado, grass fed butter, grass fed ghee, coconut oil and olive oil. Moisturizing your body from the inside out will help make a difference in avoiding overly dry heels.
Treating Your Heels
So if you already have dry heels, what’s a girl to do? Here is my regimen that I find helpful for getting rid of those nasty white, dry heels when they creep in!
- Deep clean/soak your feet: Soaking your feet using the foot soak recipe below. Be sure to clean all the spaces on your feet with a washcloth, including the areas in between your toes.
- Exfoliate: Using a bristle brush, exfoliate your feet and ankles. Start at the ankle area and brush in a circular motion to the tips of your toes, working your way around the top and the bottom of the feet. Yo can also use a pumice stone. Be sure not to be aggressive when exfoliating, or you can do more harm than good.
- Moisturize: Using a thick, creamy lotion or mask, coat the feet and let the moisturizer sit for 10-15 minutes before wiping off with a warm washcloth. If possible do all of this before bed, then put on soft, cotton socks immediately after applying moisturizer.
Foot Soak Recipe
- 1 cup of Dead Sea salts or Epsom salts
- 2 drops lavender oil (Lavendula angustifolia)
- 2 drops tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
- 2 drops eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus globulus)
- 2 drops camomile oil (Matricaria recutita)
- Mix oils and store in a dark glass jar
To create the soak: pour boiling water into a large bowl, and let it cool down to a comfortable temperature. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the cleansing foot soak mixture, and soak feet for up to 15 minutes.
As with any condition, prevention is always easier than treatment, so be sure to regularly care for your feet to avoid any extreme issues that come from neglect over time.
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