What to Do for Cracked Feet: At-Home Foot Care Routine

Having dry, cracked feet isn’t just annoying and unpleasant — it can be painful! Thankfully, if you’ve ever asked what to do for cracked feet, Ayr Skin Care has got you covered. Read on to discover some of our best tips for creating a luxurious at-home foot care routine.

What Causes Feet to Crack?

When the skin around the rim of your heel gets dry and thick, increased pressure on the fat pad beneath the heel may cause the skin to crack. Factors such as weight, diet, wearing open-heeled footwear, and having naturally dry skin can contribute to cracked heels. This can be painfully uncomfortable, at times, but moisturizing and regularly caring for your feet are the keys to helping reduce cracks.

What to Do for Cracked Feet

Once you’ve noticed cracks forming, it’s best to practice proper skin care to get rid of them and prevent more from occurring. By creating the perfect foot care routine, you can reduce dry skin and soothe cracked feet at home. Comfortable, orthopedic, closed shoes with socks may help reduce problems, as well as avoiding hot showers that can dry out your skin.

Beyond that, moisturizing your feet frequently is one of the best ways to avoid dry skin. Moisturizers provide a protective barrier for your skin, and we suggest moisturizing your feet after showers and before bedtime for optimal results. At night, you can even wear a pair of fuzzy socks to keep the moisture locked in.

Using gentle soap on your feet combined with regular foot soaks can help decrease skin dryness and work to keep your skin smooth. For the ultimate cleansing experience, look no further than our Dead Sea Body Bar. With 21 skin-softening minerals from the Dead Sea, this bar not only helps keep skin soft, but also contains fair trade shea butter for added moisturizing effects. It also comes in a travel size (or as part of a unique travel duo, with our Calm Facial Bar), so you can take care of your feet on the go!

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Don’t Forget to Exfoliate

No foot care routine would be complete without exfoliation! Even before you move on to moisturizing, a good foot scrub is one of the best ways to soothe and relieve dry, cracked feet. Our Winter Mint Body Polish is a perfect example, combining the power of cane sugar, peppermint essential oil, Swiss Alpine mallow, and fair trade (and organic!) butters to restore soft, moisturized skin.

How to Moisturize Feet Naturally

Once you’ve exfoliated, it’s time to moisturize! While a good cream or balm made with holistic, vegan ingredients is key to a proper foot care routine, there are also a variety of household ingredients that act as natural moisturizers for feet. Here are a few options that will enhance your DIY foot spa.

1. Banana

Bananas are one of the best natural ingredients for soothing dry, cracked heels, as they contain valuable vitamins and amino acids. Before or after enjoying a relaxing foot soak, mash one banana to use as a foot mask. Apply the thick pulp to your feet and wait for 20 minutes before washing it off. You can use this mask twice a day for three days to achieve the best results.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is enriched with a number of vitamins and antioxidants, and if you grow your own (or buy some from the store), you can use it to prepare a DIY aloe vera gel. This gel can be added to your foot care routine after stepping out of the shower or bath, or you can start with a foot soak, use a pumice stone or exfoliating scrub, and complete with the hydrating power of aloe vera gel. Simply apply it to your feet, cover them with socks, and relax!

3. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is one of the best natural ingredients to use for your feet. Drop a few drops of lemon juice into warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes before scrubbing, washing, and applying moisturizer to your feet. The mildly acidic properties of lemon help to get rid of dead, dry skin cells.

4. Coconut Oil

For dry, flaky skin, you can’t go wrong with coconut oil. Not only is it a natural moisturizer for your feet, but it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to help cracks that are bleeding or prone to infection.

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Perfect Your Foot Care Routine

Caring for your feet regularly is a key part of any skin care routine. By moisturizing, exfoliating, and using wholesome, all-natural ingredients, you can help soothe irritation caused by dry, cracked skin and work your way toward softer, smoother feet. Thankfully, Ayr Skin Care offers clean, vegan, cruelty-free skin care products that will help you do just that.

Want to learn more about what to do for cracked feet and other skin care concerns? Check out our other blog posts or reach out to us at info@ayrskincare.com and we’ll be happy to help!

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