Did you know that dead or loose skin forming on the feet is your foot’s way of naturally exfoliating and shedding dead skin cells? Dead skin can build up because of a lack of moisture if your feet are constantly in closed shoes or socks, or from the friction of walking or running. It can also form if you don’t regularly care for, exfoliate, or scrub your feet especially when taking bathe.
Sometimes, dead skin on the bottom of your foot may appear dry, cracked or loose or hanging. It’s usually not painful unless it’s a result of athlete’s foot (fungal infection), eczema, or another type of infection.
However, below are quick guide on how to properly moisturize and exfoliate your feet;
BY FOOT SCRUB: Most pharmacies and drug stores sell different foot scrubs over the counter. Look for one with granules that will help scrub away dead skin or you can even make your own by diluting two tablespoons of sea salt into equal amounts of baby oil and lemon juice. To use a foot scrub, apply the scrub directly to your foot and rub gently with your palm. Or use with a foot scrub brush or sponge to remove dead skin. Rinse scrub thoroughly with warm water after use.
OATMEAL SCRUB: You can use oatmeal to make an at-home exfoliator to remove dead skin. To make the scrub, mix equal parts oatmeal with rose water or milk to make a paste. To use:
- Apply the scrub to your feet and let set for up to 20 to 30 minutes.
- Use a foot brush to exfoliate your feet.
- Rinse with cold water and let your feet dry.
- Apply a foot cream.
- Perform this treatment every other day for best results.