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L'aloe vera, une solution naturelle pour lutter contre les pieds secs.

Aloe Vera for Feet Prone to Dryness and Cracks.

Aloe vera is a common ingredient when it comes to skincare products. It has been used for centuries for its moisturizing, healing and soothing properties. Find out in this article how its benefits turned it into one of the most appreciated home remedies for dry feet.

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Published March 12, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 6 min read

Dry Feet: What Causes Them?

The skin of the feet is similar to that of the hands and does not contain sebaceous glands, which are responsible for producing sebum. Sebum helps moisturize and protect the skin and scalp from external aggressions. The absence of sebaceous glands on the feet makes it a fragile area, susceptible to dryness. This is due to a water imbalance between the different layers of the skin. Water evaporates from the surface of the skin faster than it is transferred between the dermis and the epidermis.

There are several causes of dry feet. They can occur as a result of a lack of hydration. A day at the beach combining water, sand and salt can for example amplify this phenomenon. This is also the case with the use of certain degreasing soaps. Excessive sweating, caused by certain synthetic materials, can also promote dry feet.

In addition, wearing unsuitable shoes (too narrow, with high heels…) subjects the skin to a great deal of friction. To defend itself, the skin thickens and hardens. This hyperkeratosis contributes to the drying out of the feet. Finally, temperature variations can be responsible for skin dehydration. As cold weather approaches, the blood vessels supplying the skin contract, which leads to a decrease in nutrient supply. The production of sebum by the sebaceous glands drops, which favors the drying of the skin.

To avoid this, it is advisable to moisturize them regularly. Dry feet can cause cracking of the heel, which can lead to the appearance of cracks. When these reach the dermis, they can cause bleeding and pain.

Aloe Vera for Feet With Dry Skin?

Many feet suffer from skin dryness. The application of aloe vera gel, with its moisturizing and soothing properties, is one of the remedies for dry feet. The presence of hygroscopic compounds in aloe vera gel allows it to limit the evaporation of water on the surface of the epidermis so that the skin remains supple and elastic. Suitable for all skin types, it leaves no film after use.

In addition, its healing and regenerating properties promote the disappearance of cracks on the heel of a dry foot. A recent study has shown that acemannan, a polysaccharide used in the composition of aloe vera gel, accelerates wound closure by activating the ATK/mTOR signaling pathway, which is involved in the development of new capillaries (angiogenesis). In addition, aloe vera gel also contains glucomannan, another polysaccharide essential for wound healing. This molecule acts on the fibroblast growth factor, TGF-β1, which increases their activity. The secretion of elastin and collagen is thus amplified.

What are remedies for dry feet?

In order to combat dry feet, it is possible to apply a moisturizing treatment based on aloe vera. We have developed a gel-like liquid formula with aloe vera for feet that fulfills this function and can be used as one of the home remedies for smooth feet.

Enriched with aloe vera (INCI name: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice) and orange blossom hydrolate (INCI name: Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Extract), our moisturizing gel reduces the feeling of tightness typical of dry skin and moisturizes it, leaving a fresh feeling.

Sources

  • CHANDRAKASAN G. & al. Influence of Aloe vera on the glycosaminoglycans in the matrix of healing dermal wounds in rats. Journal of Ethnopharmacology (1998).

  • PATUMRAJ S. & al. Therapeutic effects of Aloe vera on cutaneous microcirculation and wound healing in second degree burn model in rats. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand (2000).

  • MAIA CAMPOS P. M. & al. Moisturizing effect of cosmetic formulations containing Aloe vera extract in different concentrations assessed by skin bioengineering techniques. Skin Research and Technology (2006).

  • SAPLE D. G. & al. Aloe vera : a short review. Indian Journal of Dermatology (2008).

  • LI J. & al. Aloe vera: a medicinal plant used in skin wound healing. Tissue Engineering (2021).

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