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Ultimate Guide to Moisturizing Your Feet: Say Goodbye to Dry Skin

Wondering about top foot moisturizing tips and dry skin remedies? Look no further! Skin-related issues are common at Feet First Clinic, so we know a thing or two about the secrets behind soft feet! Keep reading to master our step-by-step guide on the perfect hydrated skin care routine for your feet.

Woman about to use moisturizing cream on her feet

Foot Moisturizing Tips: A Step-by-Step Guide

Numerous studies support the use of high-quality moisturizing creams on the feet to fight xerosis (the medical term for dry skin).

Dry skin acts as a foundation for common foot problems, like pain and soreness, bleeding, cracked heels, peeling skin, and more, so moisturization not only makes your feet feel smooth to the touch, but it also gives you protection against future troubles. Moisturizing can also help you manage more serious concerns, like diabetes and psoriatic arthritis

Below are the steps you should follow to guarantee you are lathering your feet up the right way:

  • Step 1: Get the right products
  • Step 2: Cleanse and exfoliate your feet
  • Step 3: Moisturize your feet
  • Step 4: Protect and maintain

Step 1: Get the Right Products

Close up of Gehwol Feet Cream for foot moisturizing

For the best results, choose medicinal moisturizing creams from brands like Gehwol. These focus on hydration, are fragrance-free and made without harsh chemicals. 

Their Soft Feet Cream contains urea (which absorbs moisture and softens skin) and glycerin (which relieves dryness and retains moisture). It also contains soothing and pleasant ingredients like avocado oil and honey extract. 

Their Med Salve for Cracked Skin may be the best bet for a more aggressive moisturizing treatment. Due to it being a salve and not a cream, it is specially designed to penetrate the skin more thoroughly. Likewise, in addition to being a good choice for people prone to cracked heels, it is suitable for diabetics. Another good option is the deep penetrating heel care cream from Dermal Therapy

Step 2: Cleanse and Exfoliate Your Feet

Close-up Of Woman Filling Foot With Foot File

Before moisturizing comes foot hygiene! You should always start with a clean base. Clean your feet in warm water with fragrance-free, gentle soaps, and thoroughly dry, especially in between the toes (vulnerable area for fungal infections). To go the extra mile, exfoliate your feet with a scrub product and finish off with a foot file on the bottom of the feet. This eliminates dead skin cells, making your moisturizer more effective!

Step 3: Moisturize Your Feet

Moisturizing itself is pretty simple. Use a generous dollop (but not too much) of moisturizer and focus on dry areas, if you have any. Massage the moisturizer into your feet using circular motions, ensuring full coverage. Avoid the area in between the toes if you’re prone to infections or wounds (if you have diabetes). Moisture can build in the between the toes more easily than other areas. 

Step 4: Protect and Maintain 

Repeat this process regularly, ideally daily or at least a few times a week, to keep your feet soft, smooth, and well-hydrated. If your skin is especially vulnerable and sensitive, like for those with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, a regular routine is extra important to help you manage painful flar- ups. 

Close up of person using moisturizing cream on cracked heels

Elevate Your Skin Care Routine!

Moisturizing is a critical part of skin care, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg! For specialized treatments like callus removal, corn removals and so much more, contact our one-stop-shop foot clinic! Book an appointment online today, or call us at (416) 769-3338!

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