1. Foot Soaking
  2. Nail Clippers
  3. Cuticle Care
  4. Nail Filing
  5. Exfoliate & Hydrate

The Impact of Sandals on Dry Feet

Summer is when we want our feet to look their best but wearing sandals can actually be the cause of dry skin on feet and cracking. This is due to the extra pressure sandals put on the feet which causes the heel to veer sideways. As a result, the skin on the heel can become thick, dry and even look yellowish in tone, leading to discomfort and visually unappealing cracked feet.

Diet’s role in Dry Skin on Feet

It may not be the first thing you think about, but your diet can actually affect the health of your feet and may be the cause of extreme dryness, leading to dry skin on feet. If you’re deficient in important vitamins and minerals such as iron and zinc, you may be more prone to skin health problems especially around the heels, resulting in cracked and uncomfortable feet.

Genetics and Dry, Cracked Feet

You may take really good care of your feet with creams, pedicures and visits to the podiatrist, but find that the dry skin on your heels just keeps coming back. If this is the case and you’ve ruled out underlying health problems, it’s probably just a case of genetics. This means that your good habits are even more important and you may need to increase cream application to twice a day to effectively combat dry, cracked feet.

Age-Related Dry Skin on Feet

Age is another reason that the skin on your feet may have started to become drier, leading to dry skin on feet and cracked heels. This is because the skin loses a percentage of its elasticity and essential proteins such ascollagen during the natural ageing process. It’s advisable to switch to a richer foot cream as you get older and to also increase the frequency of application to effectively combat dryness and maintain healthy looking feet.

How to care for your feet:

  1. Foot Soaking: soak your feet for about 5-10 minutes in lukewarm water with any soap of your choice to address dry skin on feet. Any longer than 10 minutes can cause further drying of the skin.

  2. Nail Clippers: cut the nail back so that you are left with 1mm of white line and the nail edge meets the tip of your toe, preventing cracked feet.

  3. Cuticle Care: use a rubber hoof to gently push your cuticles back without too much force that could cause any inflammation. Trim the excess skin very gently.

  4. Nail Filing: gently file the top edge of the nail tip, in a gentle circular motion to maintain healthy feet.

  5. Exfoliate & Hydrate: exfoliate and hydrate the smooth buffed skin to strengthen and seal the moisture in. Apply CeraVe SA Renewing Foot Cream moisturiser all over your feet, avoiding areas in between your toes, to combat dry skin on feet.

Ghazaleh Rahimi's Recommendation: CeraVe SA Renewing Foot Cream

Consultant Podiatrist, Ghazaleh Rahimi, describes the CeraVe Renewing SA Foot Cream as a “fast-absorbing, non-greasy foot cream”. The formula contains salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and soften the dry, rough skin, and 3 essential ceramides to protect the skin’s natural barrier."

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