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Winter has left you with a problem: dry and peeling feet. All those months of cold weather and harsh wind have taken their toll on your little tootsies. Now that summer is approaching your sandals are calling your name, but you are afraid to take your feet out of hiding. You are even too ashamed to go get a pedicure. Plus a salon visit is just not in your budget. Use these inexpensive tips to get your feet flip-flop ready.
Identify Your Issue
Most of the time dry and peeling feet are caused by lack of moisture or exposure to the elements. You are always using your feet, too, of course, and friction also plays a big part in causing dry skin and peeling -- evaluate your shoes for roominess and comfort. Before you start to cure the peel yourself, make sure there isn't something else going on. According to the Mayo Clinic, dry and peeling feet can also be a sign of athlete's foot. If your dry skin is accompanied with burning and itching, seek professional medical treatment.
Slough Your Way to Smooth Feet the Milky Way
Milk is a great aid for removing dead, dry skin. Milk contains lactic acid, which helps exfoliate dead skin. Treat your feet to a milk bath. Mix equal parts milk and water in a basin or bowl and soak for up to ten minutes. Follow up with a foot scrub or use a pumice stone to remove excess dry skin. Thoroughly rinse feet and follow up with a moisturizing foot lotion.
More Than a Dry Skin Cure
Allure's editors are big fans of Eucerin's Aquaphor Healing Ointment. It is an intensive ointment designed for dry, cracked skin. Aquaphor is also good for eczema, diaper rash, skin recovering from radiation treatment, psoriasis, and burns. Use it as an overnight treatment for your feet. Apply to clean, dry feet before bedtime. Cover feet with cotton socks. When you wake up in the morning, your feet should feel noticeably softer.
Exfoliate for Softer Skin
Kerasal One-Step Exfoliating Foot Moisturizer Therapy is a favorite of editors at Glamour. It's an intensive foot repair ointment that removes calluses and rough dry skin. Kerasal uses salicylic acid as its active ingredient. Salicylic acid targets and sloughs off dry skin. It also contains rich moisturizers to hydrate the new skin underneath. Kerasal claims that you see results in three to seven days if used consistently.