Our feet are exposed to countless burdens throughout the day as we walk, sit and stand for long periods of time. It’s easy to neglect your feet during the winter months once they’re hidden away in warm boots, and hard skin is more likely to develop during the cold weather when feet receive even less attention. Your feet deserve as much care as you give to the rest of your body, so it’s vital to have a skincare routine for your feet – no matter the season. And you’ll be ready for the summer season to show off your beautiful feet in no time.
Learning more about hard skin and how to prevent it
There are different types of hard skin that form on the foot - one of which are calluses. Calluses are like the foot’s defence mechanism; hard skin forms over a cracked area of the foot as a protective barrier against further injury. Wearing shoes without socks, improper walking motion, overly-tight or loose shoes or lack of moisture can all cause hard skin. High heels are another major culprit in the appearance of corns which are smaller than calluses and tend to develop on the top or outer edges of the toes - especially the little toe.
Usually hard skin develops when thick skin on the soles of our feet quickly becomes dry, rough and brittle. An excess of new cells form in response to pressure and friction points and those areas rapidly become horny and dry with thickened dead skin and take on an unseemly yellowish colour. As result, there can be some areas on the feet with rough, circular patches of skin, especially around the heel area or on the skin under the ball of the foot. Calluses are generally not harmful but can lead to painful cracked skin, bacterial infections, and bleeding if left untreated or if feet are lacking regular foot care like hard skin removal or moisture with special creams. As a consequence, it is not only the most attractive look – especially during the summer months when sandals are in vogue, but it can also be a painful nuisance if it becomes severe and if it’s not treated.
Foot Care Routine
To maintain beautiful soft and healthy feet it’s important to remove hard skin from your feet on a regular basis. When it comes to Calluses, you don’t need to suffer for long as a podiatrist can remove them in no time at all. But there are foot care products that you can use in the comfort of your own home. One effective tool to remove hard skin effortlessly is Scholl’s Velvet Smooth™ Express Pedi with Diamond Crystals. It gently buffs away dead skin to reveal smooth, soft skin beneath. A good moisturising cream is another product which can be used to prevent hard skin and make sure that the skin of your feet receives necessary moisture. Moisturised skin has more elasticity and is better able to accommodate the movements of the foot. When skin is hydrated, it’s less likely to become cracked and damaged over time.