How to Get Rid of Dead Skin on Feet
Dry and scaly feet are a common problem. Feet are subjected to daily abuse, from undergoing the pressure from walking to being exposed to the elements. You can remove dead skin from your feet by performing a nightly foot treatment at home. This at-home dry skin foot treatment is not recommended for diabetics. Diabetics are susceptible to dangerous foot infections and therefore should treat dry skin and other foot conditions under medical supervision.
Soak your feet in warm water for 20 minutes, before bedtime, to soften the dead skin.
Scrub the dead skin areas of your feet with a pumice stone, using gentle, back-and-forth motions to remove the dead skin. A pumice stone is a porous volcanic rock. You can buy pumice stones in the foot care section at drugstores and beauty supply stores. If you have a lot of dead skin on your feet, you will not be able to remove it all in one sitting. Remove as much dead skin as you can without causing yourself pain and repeat the process again the next day.
Rinse the dead skin off your feet under cool running water.
Rinse the dead skin off the pumice stone under cool running water. Place the pumice stone in an open area where it can air dry. Some pumice stones have a built-in loop attached to them, so you can hang them up to dry.
Pat your feet dry with a towel.
Massage generous amounts of foot cream onto your feet. Rub your fingertips in a circular motion along your feet, to rub in the cream and to promote blood circulation in your feet. Purchase foot creams that are marketed for dry feet because these creams contain heavy moisturizers and ingredients to promote the shedding of dry skin cells. The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends using AmLactin 12 percent moisturizing lotion and cream or Bon Vital Foot Balm on your feet. Both products are available for purchase in the foot care section at some drugstores or at beauty supply stores.
Put on a pair of cotton or wool socks, to hold the moisture in your skin. In the morning, your skin will be smoother and more moisturized.
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