Summer is coming, and with it, sandal season. We all want pretty feet to accentuate our pedicures, but it can be hard to get rid of dry skin and or cracked heels. Wanna hear something scary? That dry skin might actually be the fungus that thrives in dark, damp places–like your feet in shoes. So how can you quickly fix this fungus, or better yet, prevent it in the first place? Read on to find out.
If you’re like most women, your first thought when you see dry, cracked heels is pedicure! But as it turns out, that’s only a temporary fix. Products like moisturizers and heel creams are “only covering up the skin, not treating the cause of the problem,” says Dr. Dana Canuso, a podiatric surgeon who was voted one of America’s Best Podiatrists 2015. That means that your dry skin might look better for a few days after a pedicure, but it will still come back.
Luckily, there are some easy things you can do to get rid of any fungus or dry skin–and prevent it in the first place. The best way to get rid of fungus is to use an anti-fungal foot serum like Foot Repair Serum by Dr. Canuso Skincare. This serum “penetrates the deep layers of the skin where fungus lives and it dries instantly, so you won’t have to worry about greasy, slippery feet,” says Dr. Canuso. Simply apply before you go to bed and you’ll wake up with instantly better feet.
To prevent fungus and dry feet, it’s also important to let your feet and shoes breathe. Dig out your favorite pairs of shoes and rotate through them, making sure to give each pair time to air out (which will also help prevent odor!). You can also consider switching to better sweat-wicking socks, which get rid of up to three times more moisture than basic cotton socks, and prevent the damp environment that fungus thrives in. Another important tip: stop filing your feet! “A little exfoliation is nice, but a rough file can make microscopic tears in the skin and give the fungus a nice place to take root,” says Dr. Canuso. Finally, try using a product that contains bleach when cleaning your shower. This will prevent any fungus where it’s most likely to spread.