Have you ever looked at your legs and feet and wondered why are they so dry and patchy, or why the upper layer of your skin keeps peeling off? Well, here’s the answer. The peeling layer or the patchy layer on your toes and legs is nothing but an accumulated dead cell layer. Our body naturally discards the old cells as it forms new ones. However, sometimes these cells keeps on depositing themselves rather than being discarded. This happens due to absence of essential oils, that leave the skin dry and prone to dead cell clustering. There are many reasons for dead cell accumulation on skin which include using soaps or shower gel that are too harsh for your skin type and make it dry, having a naturally dry skin, enclosing of feet in shoes all the time, effect of atmosphere of the place where you reside and prolonged access of feet and legs to water that washes off natural oils. But gladly, nature has all the answers to your dead cell worries. Here are a few methods that you can try at home, using common things that are readily available in every household.
1. Warm Water Scrubbing
Warm water loosens up the dead cells. The added advantage of this method is that it also reduces stress by relaxing the muscles in the feet. To begin the process, fill a bucket with warm water. You can add a mild liquid soap or shower gel, if you like.Dip your legs and feet in this water for about 20 minutes.Once the dead skin gets softened, scrub your feet and legs gently in upward circular motion.Rinse the area.Pat dry the skin using a towel.Moisturize with a gentle and hydrating skin or foot cream.You can follow this process weekly or fortnightly. If you wish to repeat the process more often, reduce the time period for soaking your legs in warm water.
2. Ripe Banana Mask
As a banana ripens, the starch changes into simple sugar making perfect combination with potassium and Vitamin E and C, to give a clear moisturized skin.Take a bowl.Mash a ripe banana in it ,until you get a smooth paste. Apply this paste all over the affected area.Leave it on for about 20 minutes.Rinse with warm water. Pat dry using a towel.This method can be followed daily.
3. Lemon And Sugar Scrub
The acidic nature of lemon gives it a natural exfoliator property while brown sugar is used here as a scrub.Both these elements may dry out the skin a bit, so a moisturizing agent is required. We bet on Olive oil for this moisturizing task.In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil,5 tablespoons of brown sugar and juice of a medium sized lemon.Exfoliate the affected area thoroughly in gentle upward circular motion.Let this scrub cover your skin for 15 minutes.Rinse with tap water. Pat dry using a towel. You can use this scrub monthly or when you feel the dead skin building up.
4. Lemon And Jelly Mask
Lemon is being used here for exfoliation while petroleum jelly would add the moisturizing effect. Mix 1 tablespoon of petroleum jelly of your choice with juice of two medium sized lemons.Massage this paste onto your skin for 5-10 minutes.Leave it on for about 10 more minutes.Rinse with warm water. Pat dry using a towel.This mask is safe to be used once in a week.
5. Oatmeal And Rosewater Scrub
Oatmeal imparts a protective layer over the skin’s surface that helps to retain its natural moisture.When mixed with rosewater, the starches in oatmeal helps to absorb the water and bind it to the skin.To prepare this scrub, mix Oatmeal and Rosewater to form a thick paste.Apply this scrub over your legs and feet.Scrub in upward circular motion gently. Leave it on for 20 minutes.Rinse off with tap water.Pat dry using a towel. Oatmeal being gentle on skin, this process can be repeated daily.