According to the National Foot Health Assessment 2012, 20% of adults in the United States have experienced cracked skin on their feet, with women 50% more likely to report the condition than men.
- Skin on feet is naturally dry and relies on sweat glands to keep them moisturized. Unlike other parts of our body, feet do not produce natural oils.
- Dry skin can vary from mild to severe. If not moisturized this can become irritating.
- Dry skin on heels can lead to deep cracks, causing difficulty walking and makes everyday activities painful.
1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
We at SkinIntegra have spent countless hours figuring out why your skin cracks and how to help repair it.
One of the reasons your skin remains dry and cracked is due to a lack of intracellular humectant in your skin.
Along with simply making sure you stay hydrated, you need a cream that contains powerful moisturizers, as well as natural oils that replenish your skin’s natural composition.
We recommend using our Rapid Crack Repair Cream due to its powerful moisturizing effects and special blend of five natural oils.
Our cream goes beyond simply bringing the necessary moisture back to the damaged area, but it also enriches your skin with the essential nutrients it lacks to help repair itself.
If you're not using Skinintegra, make sure you look for creams that contain moisturizing agents as well as natural oils to effectively nourish your skin.
2. We recommend not to use Petroleum based creams
A lot of creams we buy today that claim to help with dry or cracked skin contain Petrolatum (petroleum jelly) listed as the main ingredient.
While the Petrolatum has protective benefits, it sit on top of the skin without ever penetrating it and thus doesn't nourish your skin.
This is fine if you have a small area that you want to protect, but is really not suited to repair the skin of your entire foot.
It will also take the use of a lot more cream to cover a medium-to-large area, leaving the excess cream to get all over your clothes, shoes, bed-sheets, etc...
If you have a chronic illness such as diabetes, eczema, or psoriasis, your body’s natural repair mechanism is already slow to repair itself, and simply protecting the skin surface will do nothing to treat the dryness or pain linked to the cracks on your skin. Instead, you need to give your body all the tools it needs to help repair.
3. Look for proven, effective ingredients such as urea with balanced concentration
Skinintegra Rapid Crack Repair Cream contains 25% urea which helps treat any tough and dry skin. At this concentration our cream is effective against calluses and deep cracks, without being too abrasive.
Urea is the #1 dermatologist recommended ingredient. Keratoplastic, penetration-promoting, antimicrobial. It increases skin hydration thus directly increase skin elasticity and smoothness
A lot of urea creams on the market today contain 40% urea, making it very powerful, but also with increased irritation potential. Try to look for a cream with 20-25% urea, as well as those natural oils.
4. Skip the fragrances
Fragrances are known sensitizers. Dry or cracked skin is already compromised, and introducing a potential reactive fragrance can trigger allergic reactions, redness, or any number of side effects.
Try to keep your cream fragrance-free to limit irritations on your skin, and keep your body working on helping repair your skin, instead of combating a side effect.
5. Apply two times per day and adjust the frequency, even when the problem is gone
Having a routine is very important, and so is discipline on dealing with a dry or cracked heel. Make sure you apply your cream after a bath or shower and before bed on the compromised area and give it a few minutes to penetrate your skin.
A well-balanced formula such as SkinIntegra's will absorb in just a few minutes. Massage as necessary to stimulate absorption
During your bath or shower, make sure to wash your feet, but try and avoid foot files or stones. While they can provide some relief and remove the dead skin, they are also potentially damaging to your heel.
Further, if you suffer from diabetes or other chronic illnesses, the potential loss of sensation in the foot/heel means stones or foot files can do real damage to the area without you noticing the impact right away. You are better off letting the urea in your cream do the work or removing the dead skin, allowing the moisturizer to penetrate and soften your skin.
If you go swimming in a pool or in the ocean after your shower, make sure you rinse your feet and reapply a small amount of cream on the damaged area. Chlorine and sea salt can dry out your skin more than you think. Rinsing them off the damaged area quickly and reapplying the moisturizing cream is crucial. Make sure the cream is absorbed to avoid slipping in the pool area.
When applying the cream at night, you can wear socks, if preferred to accelerate the moisturizing effects for the first few nights. If you don’t like wearing socks at night, make sure you wait a while after applying the cream before laying down and letting the area touch your sheets, to avoid rubbing off the cream.
If you follow these five tips, you should have smooth healthy heels all summer and enjoy wearing sandals, or simply walking barefoot on the sand.
Make sure you try SkinIntegra’s Rapid Crack Repair Cream to see results as fast as after the first day!