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Dry, cracked feet are not sexy. Although dry feet tend to be a summer problem, some people are stuck with dry feet and tootsies year round. Nourish feet with a selection of homemade beauty treatments and learn how to make them with the tips below.

Unfortunately, our poor feet are often neglected - we spend so much time taking care of our face and body but our feet tend to be completely forgotten.

As a result, skin on the feet could be dry, cracked, rough and sore and in desperate need of a bit of love and attention.

Learn how to avoid cracked skin - and improve the overall condition of your feet with these tips and 5 clever homemade beauty treatments to nourish and soothe your tired tootsies

Why So Dry?

Conditions like diabetes, believe it or not, can have a huge effect on the condition of your feet. Standing for too long, standing with bare feet on hard or tiled floors and even wearing sandals with an open back can all cause cracked, dry heels and sore feet. If you're an athlete or even just walk your dogs regularly, you might also notice that your feet are dry and sore due to being on your feet all the time, but luckily, there are a few lifestyle changes that you can make to improve the condition of the skin from the inside out.

And if these lifestyle tips don't work? Not to worry - we've got five brilliant homemade beauty treatments that'll really nourish and treat your feet.

Be Nice To Your Feet

Sounds really obvious, but for soft, smooth and lovely feet, you need to be nice to them!

Eat foods that are enriched with calcium, such as milk, cheese and yogurt and include plenty of different colored fruits and vegetables in your diet for a huge range of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that will help to repair any damage to your feet.

Wear soft, breathable cotton socks as these will allow sweat to evaporate off, preventing irritation caused by dried sweat, and choose comfortable, supportive, closed shoes that'll support your feet when walking and standing. If you regularly go running, don't forget - wear running shoes!

Hard Skin Vs. Dead Skin

The reason that feet are often a little dry, cracked and unkempt-looking is due to a build-up of excess dead skin.Because we're constantly on our feet, they take a bit of a battering.

The thick, often slightly yellowed skin around toes and on heels is actually completely necessary - without this hardened layer, skin underneath would easily break down causing further damage.

 Sometimes, though, the hardened skin can become too hard and will need to be treated. Dead skin, on the other hand, which is often white in color, should be removed - and luckily, it's really easy to do so.

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