Is it too early to think of summer yet? Swimming? Sunbathing? The Taste of Bloomington? Fourth of July fireworks at Monroe Lake? Hopefully not, because it’s already getting us excited! If you want to get your feet summer ready, it’s best to start now – especially if you have dry skin. Follow these tips and you can be ready for sandal weather before you know it.
A great time to set your mind on healthy feet is after a bath or shower. The 5 minutes or so after you’re out is a prime opportunity to moisturize your feet while the skin is still damp. While you’re in the shower, make sure to use a mild soap or body wash with moisturizer, and don’t stay in too long or in too hot of water. It might seem counter-intuitive, but staying in hot water too long can actually dry out your skin.
Night-time is the other right time to focus on the dry skin of your feet. You can get feet wet and once soft, use a pumice stone or washcloth to gently rub off dead skin cells.
After scrubbing, it’s time to apply a moisturizer for the night. To find a good brand that works for you, look for effective ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil, mentholated rubs, and petroleum. Rub on the moisturizer of your choice, then don a pair of old, clean socks to seal it in (and protect your sheets). When morning comes, remove the socks and wash your feet. Repeat this ritual each night and you should see an improvement in dry skin and cracked heels.
If your feet just aren’t getting summer ready no matter what you try, it may be sign of an underlying issue. Contact the office of Kevin Powers, DPM at (812) 333-4422 to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you get to the root of the problem and find the right treatments so your feet can take the heat!