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The Importance of the RIGHT Foot Moisturiser

The skin is arguably one of the most important organs we have. It acts as a protective barrier against infection, is a key player in our immune system, is our heaviest and largest organ, is self-renewing and replaces itself a thousand times over in one’s lifetime (Alberts et al, 2002); and so much more. Yet, it is often under-appreciated and its maintenance forgotten or neglected.  

Skin on the feet is not only thicker and designed to be mechanically strong but durable in its ability to withstand everyday load and pressures. While ordinary moisturisers do well to hydrate the skin on the legs, arms and face, the feet are more complex and require special treatment to ensure they last you a life-time. 

The best maintenance we can provide our feet is routine hydration provided by quality moisturisers, particularly those containing the gold-standard ingredient, Urea. 

Urea is a humectant and keratolytic which means that it retains moisture and breaks down the outermost layer of skin (Dall’Oglio et al, 2020), which is helpful in conditions which involve excessive skin production such as xerosis, hyperkeratosis, dermatitis and psoriasis – just to name a few!  

Study by Cobos-Moreno et al, 2021 has verified that Urea creams used for moisturising the plantar surface of the feet, significantly increased skin hydration when compared to placebo foot creams. Urea is widely used as a moistersing agent in dermatologic patients and is effective in maintaining healthy skin, aids in skin repair and its antimicrobial defence (Piquero-Casals et al, 2021). 

The ultimate question is which strength of Urea is best to use?? Typical off-the-shelf Urea creams can range in their concentration from 5% to 30% which makes it hard to know which one to use.The right percentage is dependent on the individual; factors such as initial skin quality, condition and any contributing health disorders and their severity can impact the indication for a specific concentration of Urea. In fact, Urea creams with concentrations of 2-10% are best used for moisturising and improving the skin’s barrier function, whereas creams with medium concentration such as 10-30% are indicated for moisturising and the process of excessive skin removal (Piquero-Casals et al, 2021). 

Lack of moisture in the feet may present itself as itchiness, cracks or fissures, changes in texture and colour such as hardness, flaking/shedding, yellowness or redness. These signs and symptoms are in many cases painful and can affect confidence and mobility. If you have any concerns related to your skin, we would like to help you. We supply various products for your potential foot needs, and we can advise you as to what’s best for you.

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References

Alberts, B., Johnson, A., Lewis, J., Raff, M., Roberts, K, & Walter, P. (2002). Epidermis and Its Renewal by Stem Cells. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 4th edition. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK26865/ 

Cobos-Moreno, P., Astasio-Picado, A., Martínez-Nova, A., Sánchez- Rodríguez, R., Escamilla-Martínez, E, & Gómez-Martín, B. (2021). Influence of Creams with Different Urea Concentrations on Plantar Skin Hydration. Journal of Tissue Viability, 30(4), 608-611. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtv.2021.05.001 

Dall’Oglio, F., Tedeschi, A., Verzi, E, A., Lacarrubba, F, & Micali, G. (2020). Clinical Evidences of Urea at Medium Concentration. The International Journal of Clinical Practice, 74(187), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcp.13815 
Piquero-Casals, J., Morgado-Carrasco, D., Granger, C., Trullas, C., Jesus-Silva, A, & Krutmann, J. (2021). Urea in Dermatology: A Review of its Emollient, Moisturizing, Keratolytic, Skin Barrier Enhancing and Antimicrobial Properties. Dermatology and Therapy, 11, 1905–1915. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13555-021-00611-y

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