This time of year in New Jersey, it’s tough to get a handle on the weather! One minute it’s cold and raining, the next it’s warm and sunny. All this switching back and forth can take its toll on your skin. Excessively hot showers after a chilly run, spending a little too much time in the sun, and even the dry heat inside your home can cause dry, cracked skin on your feet. Fortunately, there are some home remedies that can help ease itchy, flakey dry skin.
First and foremost, it’s important to keep skin moisturized by applying lotion or creams daily. Avoid in between toes, though, as this can lead to a fungal infection! Switch to a mild soap when bathing, and make sure water is warm, not hot. Incidentally, the best time to apply lotion is directly after bathing as this is when skin can lock in moisture. You might want to try these tricks as well:
It’s also a good idea to invest in a humidifier for your home, so the nights you need to crank up the heat don’t add to your dry skin problems!
What you eat and drink can help, too! Indulge in a diet rich in omega-3 foods and stay hydrated with plenty of water, steering clear of alcohol and caffeine.
You can treat especially rough patches by soaking feet in a foot bath with a few drops of olive oil, drying thoroughly, then using a pumice stone to gently rub away dry skin.
If cracks develop, it’s important, especially for those with diabetes, to avoid infection. You may need medicated ointment, so it’s best to come see us for help.
For more tips on dealing with dry skin on your feet, or if you’d like to make an appointment, just give us a call at (908) 687-5757 in Roselle Park, or dial (609) 924-8333 for our Princeton location. We’ll help you say bye-bye to dry!