How To Choose Foot Cream For Dry Skin And Cracked Heels

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We spend a lot of time and energy in skin care on the face, body and feet. Cracked skin and hard heels are a common problem, especially in the summer, when it’s the season of sandals, open shoes and flip-flops and we all want to make our feet and nails beautiful. Are you wondering how to make your heels soft and soften the dry skin on your feet? You have two choices – either prepare the product yourself from the ingredients or choose a product that contains effective ingredients and active ingredients that will be the right choice for your problem.

Has it ever happened to you that you bought a cosmetic product that promised soft skin, cooling effect on legs, but when you applied it you didn’t feel the difference or the effectiveness was minimal? We understand you completely, for this reason my sister and I have been preparing our own products from natural ingredients that are effective and we only choose the the best for ourselves!😊 If we buy a product, we always read the declaration and the list of ingredients, and if we can get percentages of the specific ingredient, that’s even better! To moisturize the dry, cracked skin on the feet, in our foot cream we used essential oils with cooling effect. The main active ingredients we used are lactic acid, salicylic acid, provitamin B5, vitamin E and allantoin.

What should a cream for dry feet and cracked heels contain?

A good foot cream needs moisturizers, humectants, occlusives and ingredients that have a keratolytic effect. There are several ingredients from different manufacturers as well as products that contain different ingredients. Emollients help with a damaged skin barrier, i.e. vegetable oils, butters, ceramides, cholesterol and squalene. Occlusives inhibit the evaporation of water, which is the source of problems with dry and cracked skin on the feet. We used almond oil, which absorbs well and is suitable for all skin types, and shea butter, which nourishes and softens the skin and helps the cream spread better.

With acid peeling to renewed skin
The heart of the cream are the acids. Formulating with acids can be challenging, but it pays off, as they have a strong effect on the skin (each type of acid has its own task). For example, lactic acid has a moisturizing effect on the skin, maintains the pH of the skin and has an exfoliating effect if it is used in sufficient concentration and at a sufficiently acidic pH. In this way, the dead, old, rough skin on the heels is exfoliated and renewed. Acid peeling differs from mechanical peeling, as acids don’t give the feeling of immediate peeling and yet they have a stronger long-term effect. Peeling with sea salt will have an effect, but its action will not be as effective as with acid peeling.
Salicylic acid is also very common in a quality foot cream as it penetrates in the skin deeper than alpha-hydroxy acids. At a low pH, it has a keratolytic effect and accelerates the removal of dead cells on the epidermis. Studies have shown that corns are successfully removed with a 30% concentration (such concentrated solutions can only be prescribed by a dermatologist). Salicylic acid is not safe for use in children under 3 years of age due to the possibility of poisoning (salicism).

Oil is not enough, you also need moisturizers and vitamins

A rich moisturizer for your feet requires more than just the oil phase. Moisturizers increase the water content of the skin and help to restore the normal function of the lipid barrier. You can choose from a variety such as honey, glycerol, allantoin, hyaluronic acid, etc. We both used glycerol and allantoin in our formulation for foot cream, they both moisturize and allantoin soothes irritated skin. A common ingredient in foot creams to moisturize and soften the skin is also urea.
If you have ever injured your skin or burned yourself, your healing cream most likely contained panthenol or provitamin B5, as it is a common ingredient in wound healing creams and children’s cosmetics. It helps restore the skin even after sunbathing, has an anti-inflammatory effect, improves wound healing and restores damaged skin. It will make the skin of your feet soft and more elastic. Vitamin E smooths the surface of the skin, increases the hydration of the stratum corneum, inhibits inflammation and promotes skin renewal and wound healing.

Essential oils for a feeling of freshness on the feet

A whole range of essential oils is available for foot cream. It is recommended that they have an antimicrobial effect, cool and stimulate blood circulation. In our foot cream we use peppermint essential oil, which has an analgesic effect and activates the accumulated lymph, and camphor essential oil, which is known for its antiseptic properties, but also has an analeptic effect (stimulates the central nervous system) and stimulates blood circulation. It is also used in sports cosmetics and in the production of repellents. Camphor also pleasantly cools and thus refreshes tired legs. It is especially suitable for people who work a lot in a standing position or they are on their feet a lot. If you are struggling with foot fungus, tea tree essential oil will be the right choice, as it is a natural remedy against bacterial, viral and fungal skin infections, the disadvantage of this is its strong smell. You can replace it with essential oil of lemongrass, which has a strong antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effect, and at the same time it also smells nice on the product.

For a better effect, apply the foot cream before going to bed, preferably after showering, when the skin is still moist. Then put on socks or use a bag and go to bed. During sleep, the skin will have enough time to absorb the ingredients, and in the morning your feet will be soft and a shade lighter.

Which foot cream do you use? Are you excited about an ingredient that we didn’t mention? Share with me in a comment below.

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Kako izbrati dobro kremo za utrujena stopala in razpokane pete

Dekleta veliko časa in energije vložimo v nego kože na obrazu, telesu in stopalom. Velikokrat so razpokana koža in trde pete trn v peti še posebej v poletnem obdobju, času nošenja sandal, odprte obutve in japonk, ko si vse želimo urejena stopala in nohtke. Se sprašuješ, kako doseči, da bodo tvoje pete mehke in da boš omilila suho kožo na nogah? Lahko si izdelek sama pripraviš iz sestavin ali pa izbereš izdelek, ki vsebuje učinkovite sestavine ter aktive, ki bodo prava izbira za tvoj problem.

Se ti je že kdaj zgodilo, da si si kupila kozmetični izdelek, ki je obljubljal mehko kožo, ohladitev utrujenih nog, ob nanosu pa nisi čutila razlike ali pa je bila učinkovitost minimalna. Te popolnoma razumeva, iz tega razloga si s sestro že nekaj časa sami pripravljava izdelke iz sestavin, ki so efektivne in pri tem ne varčujeva, saj želiva zase najboljše! 😊 V kolikor izdelek kupiva, pa obvezno prebereva deklaracijo in seznam s sestavinami, če piše tudi vsebnost slednjih v odstotkih pa je super!

Za vlaženje suhe, razpokane kože na stopalih uporabljava eterična olja, ki hkrati tudi hladijo. Glavne aktivne sestavine, ki sva jih uporabile so mlečna kislina, salicilna kislina, provitamin B5, vitamin E in alantoin.

Kaj mora vsebovati krema za suho kožo na stopalih in razpokane pete?

Dobra krema za stopala potrebuje vlažilce, humektante, okluzive ter sestavine, ki imajo keratolitično delovanje. Obstaja več sestavin različnih proizvajalcev kot tudi izdelkov, ki vsebujejo različne sestavine. Emolienti pomagajo pri porišeni kožni barieri, to so rastlinska olja, masla, ceramidi, holesterol in skvalen. Okluzivi zavirajo izhlapevanje vode, ki je vir težav suhe ter razpokane kože na stopalih. Midve sva izbrali mandljevo olje, ki se lepo vpije in je primerno za vse tipe kože ter karite maslo, ki kožo nahrani in zmehča ter pomaga do lepše mazljivosti kreme.

S kislinskim pilingom do obnovljene kože

Srce kreme so kisline. Formuliranje s kislinami je zahtevno, ampak se obrestuje, saj imajo močan učinek na kožo (vsak tip kisline ima svojo nalogo). Tako npr. mlečna kislina na kožo deluje vlažilno, vzdržuje pH kože ter deluje luščilno, če jo uporabimo v zadostni koncentraciji in pri dovolj kislem pH. Na tak način se odmrla stara, hrapava koža na petah odlušči in obnovi. Kislinski piling se od mehanskega razlikuje po tem, da nima občutka takojšnjega luščenja in ima močnejše delovanje na daljši rok. Piling z morsko soljo bo imel učinek, ampak njegovo delovanje ne bo tako učinkovito kot s kislinskim pilingom.

Salicilna kislina prodira v kožo globlje od alfa-hidroksi kislin. Pri majhnem pH deluje keratolizno in pospeši odstranjevanje odmrlih celic na povrhnjici. Kot zanimivost, študije so pokazale, da se s 30-odsotno koncentracijo uspešno odstranijo kurja očesa (tako koncentrirane raztopine lahko prepiše samo dermatolog). Salicilna kislina ni varna za uporabo pri otrocih, mlajših od 3 let zaradi možnosti zastrupitve (salicizem).

Ni dovolj le olje, potrebujete tudi vlažilce in vitamine

Za izdatno vlažilno kremo za vaša stopala potrebujete več kot le oljno fazo. Vlažilci povečajo vsebnost vode v koži in pomagajo vzpostaviti normalno funkcio lipidne bariere. Izbirate lahko med različnimi, kot so med, glicerol, alantoin, hialuronska kislina, itn. Midve sva v recepturi uporabili glicerol in alantoin, slednji poleg vlaženja pomirja razdraženo kožo. Pogosta sestavina v kremah za stopala za vlaženje in mehčanje kože je urea.

Če ste si kdaj poškodovali kožo ali se opekli, je vaša zdravilna krema najverjetneje vseboval pantenol ali provitamin B5, saj je pogosta sestavina v kremah za celjenje ran ter v otroški kozmetiki. Pomaga obnavljati kožo tudi po sončenju, deluje protivnetno, pospešuje celjenje ran ter obnavlja poškodovano kožo. Poskrbel bo, da bo koža vaših stopalih mehka in elastična. Vitamin E gladi površino kože, povečuje navlaženost rožene plasti, zavira vnetja  ter spodbuja obnovo koe in celjenje ran.

Eterična olja za občutek svežine na nogah

Za kremo za stopala je na voljo cela paleta eteričnih olj. Priporočljivo je, da imajo protimikrobno delovanje, hladijo in spodbujajo prekrvitev. V recepturo sva dodali eterično olje poprove mete, ki ima protibolečinsko delovanje in aktivira nakopičeno limfo ter eterično olje kafre, ki je znano po antiseptičnih lastnostih, ima pa tudi analeptičen učinek (spodbuja osrednji živčni sistem) in spodbuja prekrvitev. Uporabljajo jo tudi v športni kozmetiki in pri proizvodnji repelentov. Kafra tudi prijetno hladi in tako osveži utrujene noge. Zlasti je primerna za ljudi, ki dosti delajo s stoječem položaju oz. so veliko na nogah.Če se spopadate z glivicami na nogah bo eterično olje čajevca prava izbira, saj je naravno sredstvo proti bakterijskim, virusnim in glivičnim okužbam kože, slabost je njegov močan vonj. Lahko ga nadomestite z eteričnim oljem limonske trave, ki ima močno antibakterjisko, protiglivično in protivnetno delovanje, hkrati pa tudi lepo odišavi izdelek.

Kremo za stopala za boljši učinek nanesite pred spanjem, najbolje po tuširanju, ko je koža še vedno navlažena. Nato si nadenite nogavice ali pa uporabite vrečko in se odpravite v posteljo. Med spanjem bo imela koža dovolj časa, da vpije sestavine, zjutraj pa bodo vaša stopala mehka in za odtenek lažja.

Katero kremo za noge pa ti uporabljaš? Ali si navdušena nad kakšno sestavino, ki je midve nisva omenili? Deli z name v komentarju spodaj.

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