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Rough, dry skin on your hands and feet can ruin your self-confidence, but you don’t have to hide behind boots and gloves all the time to keep your scaly skin out of sight. Find out what causes rough and dry skin, as well as how to correct and prevent this embarrassing problem.
Your feet and hands may become dry and rough for many reasons. Wearing flip-flops and exposing your bare feet to the elements is a major cause. Dry, windy weather can make your hands or feet rough, as can frequent washing or excessive exposure to water. Your hands and feet may be more likely to develop dry and rough skin as you age, and genetics can also play a role in the type of skin you have. So if you do all the right things – wearing gloves, sock and shoes, lathering up with lotion – and you still suffer from dry, rough skin on your hands and feet, your genetic makeup might be to blame.
Removing Rough Skin From Feet
Your feet go through a lot in a day’s time, so pamper them to remove the dead, dry skin. Soak your tootsies once a week in a solution of warm water and a sprinkle of Epsom salt. Keep them in there for 15 to 30 minutes to soften the skin. Then, rub over the rough patches with a pumice stone to get rid of the loose skin. Pat your feet dry and load ‘em up with moisturizer. Aside from this weekly ritual, exfoliate your feet at least three times a week with an exfoliating foot scrub to keep the dead and dry skin to a minimum. After exfoliating, rub a few drops of jojoba oil onto your feet to soften and moisturize.
Removing Rough Skin From Hands
Just like your feet, your hands are used constantly throughout the day, leaving them open to dryness. And since you can’t keep them in your pockets all day to protect the skin, give them some TLC a couple times a week to get rid of any rough patches or dryness. Exfoliate your hands with an exfoliating body scrub. You can also make your own by mixing 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Scrub your hands well for about two minutes with the exfoliator. Rinse them off, then saturate them with a cream hand moisturizer. If your hands are especially dry, load them up with petroleum jelly right before bed, put some socks over your hands and go to sleep. You’ll wake up the next day with smooth, soft hands.
Prevention and Tips
To keep your hands and feet from becoming dry and rough, keep them out of water as much as possible. Of course you can’t skip washing your hands, but don’t do it unnecessarily and keep your showers or baths to only five to 10 minutes. Immediately after washing your hands or showering, load up your skin with moisturizer. Keep your hands covered with gloves when you’re outside in the cold or windy weather. If your feet are prone to rough or dry skin, wear socks and shoes more often rather than sandals or flip-flops.