How To Remove Dry Skin From Your Feet And Legs February 27, 2017

Is the dry, flaky skin on your feet and legs irritating you? Then, come aboard and resolve this skin issue with the remedies in this article.

You want to wear your favorite sandals or flip-flops and go to the beach. But you wear jeans and closed shoes, whereas those lovely floral printed skirts and shorts are lying somewhere in the wardrobe waiting for you to take them out. You can’t wear them because your legs and feet are full of white, flaky skin that is making them look dry and dehydrated.

Dry skin is nothing but the dead skin that has accumulated over the top layer of your skin because it has not been exfoliated for a long time. In this article, we have some very simple and easy ways to get rid of dead skin from your feet and legs.

How To Remove Dry Skin From Your Feet

  1. Coconut Oil
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Coconut Sugar Scrub
  4. Listerine And Vinegar Recipe
  5. Listerine And Epsom Salt Foot Soak
  6. Honey
  7. Baking Soda
  8. Vaseline
  9. Lemon Juice
  10. Hydrogen Peroxide

Get Soft And Smooth Feet And Legs With These Remedies

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut-Oil

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You Will Need

Virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Massage some coconut oil on your feet until it is absorbed into the skin.
  2. Leave it on overnight.

You can also use olive oil or baby oil instead of coconut oil. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to any of the carrier oils for a soothing effect.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every night before going to bed.

Why This Works

Coconut oil is an excellent emollient and humectant that hydrates your skin and makes all the dryness and flakiness vanish after just a few applications (1).

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2. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • A bucket of warm water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the vinegar to the bucket of water and soak your feet in it for 15-30 minutes.
  2. Remove your feet from the water and scrub them with your hands to remove the flaky skin.
  3. Rinse with plain water. Pat dry and apply a moisturizer.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

The malic acid present in ACV exfoliates the dead skin cells that are making your skin look flaky and dry. ACV also restores the skin’s pH balance and relieves dryness in the long run (2).

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3. Coconut Sugar Scrub

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You Will Need
  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • A few drops of essential oil (lemon, peppermint or tea tree oil)
What You Have To Do
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and use this mixture to scrub your feet gently.
  2. Scrub using circular motions for a few minutes.
  3. Rinse it off first with lukewarm water and then with cool water.

The essential oil is an optional ingredient and can be skipped if not available.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this scrub 2-3 times a week until you get relief from dry and flaky skin.

Why This Works

Brown sugar exfoliates and removes flaky skin easily. It also cleanses the skin, leaving it soft and supple (3). Coconut oil acts as a moisturizer in this remedy and treats the dryness by supplying the skin cells with essential fatty acids.

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4. Listerine And Vinegar Recipe

Listerine-And-Vinegar-Recipe

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 cup Listerine
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • Warm water
  • A tub for soaking
  • Pumice stone
What You Have To Do
  1. Pour the vinegar and Listerine into the tub. Add enough warm water to cover the affected area completely.
  2. Soak your feet in this for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove your legs and scrub your feet with the pumice stone.
  4. Rinse with regular water.
How Often You Should Do This

Soak twice a week for best results.

Why This Works

Vinegar restores the skin’s pH balance and makes it soft by removing the dead cells (4). Listerine is an antiseptic agent that can also help to relieve itchiness that usually accompanies skin dryness (5).

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5. Listerine And Epsom Salt Foot Soak

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You Will Need
  • 1 cup Listerine
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • A tub or bucket of warm water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add all the ingredients to the warm water and give it a mix.
  2. Soak your feet in this for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash the softened dead skin with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

While Listerine disinfects the skin and relieves itchiness, the Epsom salt in the soak draws out all toxins and relaxes your muscles (6). Your skin will feel refreshed after this soak.

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6. Honey

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You Will Need

Raw honey

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply honey generously to your feet.
  2. Massage for a couple of minutes and leave it on for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with water that is at room temperature.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this every day, and your skin will soon become soft.

Why This Works

Honey is a humectant (7). It contains nutrients that nourish and heal dry and flaky skin. It also contains antioxidants that rejuvenate the skin by reversing the damage caused by free radicals.

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7. Baking Soda

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You Will Need
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • A tub of hot water
  • Pumice stone
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the baking soda to the tub of hot water and soak your feet in it for about 20 minutes.
  2. Remove your legs and scrub your feet using a pumice stone.
  3. Wash thoroughly to remove all the dead skin cells.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

Why This Works

Like most remedies in this article, baking soda is also an exfoliant. It softens your skin and soothes it with its anti-inflammatory properties (8, 9).

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8. Vaseline

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You Will Need
  • Vaseline
  • Socks
What You Have To Do
  1. Wash your feet and pat them dry.
  2. Apply Vaseline all over your feet and massage so that the petroleum jelly is absorbed.
  3. Wear socks overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this every night for a few days, and you will notice amazing results.

Why This Works

The petroleum jelly in Vaseline locks the moisture in the skin and relieves dryness (10). The skin on your feet will become soft and supple in no time.

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9. Lemon Juice

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You Will Need
  • 1 lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar
What You Have To Do
  1. Squeeze out the juice from a lemon and add the sugar to it.
  2. Apply this mixture to the affected area.
  3. Scrub gently for 2-3 minutes and then leave the scrub on for 5 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this scrub every alternate day.

Why This Works

Lemon juice is an astringent and exfoliant that softens the skin (11). The sugar acts as an exfoliator as well because of its coarseness.

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10. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen-Peroxide

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You Will Need
  • 2 cups 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • A bucket of warm water
  • Pumice stone
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the hydrogen peroxide to the water and use this as a foot and leg soak.
  2. Soak for about 15 minutes. Then, use a pumice stone to scrub off the dead, flaky skin from your feet.
  3. Wash off the peroxide and the dead skin using regular water.
  4. Apply a good moisturizer.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

After soaking in hydrogen peroxide solution, the dry and flaky skin becomes loose and comes off easily with gentle scrubbing (12).

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Use these remedies and don’t be embarrassed by the calluses on your feet anymore. Forget your boots and socks for a while and bring out your favorite flip-flop sandals to flaunt your soft feet. These easy-to-do remedies will show results in just a few applications. Let us now look at how to get rid of dry and flaky skin on the legs.

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How To Remove Dry Skin From Your Legs

Here’s what you need to do:

Exfoliation

Exfoliation

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These are the steps to be followed.

  • Make a homemade exfoliation scrub. You’ll need:

– Granulated sugar or sea salt
– Honey
– Your favorite body oil
– Water

  • Mix all the ingredients to form a paste.
  • It is best to exfoliate when you shower. Use lukewarm water to wash your legs. The warm water will open up your pores, allowing your skin to breathe.
  • Apply the scrub all over your legs and rub gently. Do not be too harsh while scrubbing as it may damage your skin. You may also use a loofah or a scrubbing brush instead of your hands. The loofah helps improve blood circulation and facilitates the growth of new skin cells.
  • Finally, wash off with cold water to close the skin pores.
  • After your shower, pat your legs dry with a towel and apply a generous layer of moisturizer or your favorite body lotion and massage for a few minutes. Cover your legs with socks to lock in the moisture.

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With smooth mirror-finish legs and baby soft feet, get ready to wear your lovely short dresses and flip-flops. Hope these remedies to remove dry and flaky skin on legs and feet will help.

Time to head to the beach!

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