How to Prevent and Treat Hard Skin: An Important Step to Soft and Beautiful Feet
Our feet are exposed to countless burdens throughout the day as we walk, sit and stand for long periods of time. 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. You’ll soon be ready to show off your beautiful feet in no time.
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 defense 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 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 a 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 with techniques like hard skin removal or moisture with special creams. Hard skin is not only unsightly – especially during the summer months when sandals are in vogue, but it can also develop into a painful nuisance.
Foot Care Routine
To maintain beautiful soft and healthy feet it’s important to remove hard skin from your feet on a regular basis. A podiatrist can remove calluses in no time, but there are also foot care products that you can use in the comfort of your own home. One effective tool to remove hard skin effortlessly is to use Amopé™ Pedi Perfect™ Electronic Foot File. It gently buffs away hard skin to reveal smooth, soft skin beneath.
A good moisturizing cream can prevent hard skin and make sure that the skin of your feet receives necessary moisture. Moisturized 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. You can smooth rough feet with Amopé™ Pedi Perfect™ Daily Moisturizer, which provides feet with moisture for up to 24 hours.