While it may not be as glamorous as your face and body, your feet also deserve some attention. Exfoliating your feet is easy to keep them looking healthy and smooth. Here are some ways how:
1. Pumice stone
Pumice stones are a great way to exfoliate your feet regularly. The rough texture of the stone helps remove dead skin cells and dirt from your feet, leaving them smooth and soft. If you’re thinking about adding a pumice stone to your shower routine, here are some tips to make the most of your new tool: Use warm water when you exfoliate your feet. This will soften the skin and allow the pumice stone to do its job more efficiently. Then gently massage your feet with a towel or pumice stone in circular motions while standing in the tub or shower. Be careful not to press too hard — this could cause injury or irritation! Lastly, rinse off any residue left behind by the exfoliation process with warm water after 10 minutes or so of rubbing your feet together with the pumice stone (or just use a washcloth if you don’t want to invest in one yet). Be careful not to use too much pressure, as this could cause bleeding or irritation. The best time to use a pumice stone on your feet is at night before bedtime for two reasons: First, your skin will be softer after you soak it in warm water for a few minutes and second, the dead skin cells will be easier to remove after your body has been resting all night long.
2. Foot scrub
A foot scrub is just like any other facial scrub but with a few minor tweaks. It’s typically made up of sugar and essential oils that help remove dead skin cells from your feet while also moisturizing them at the same time. You can find premade scrubs at most stores that sell beauty products, or you can make your own using ingredients like olive oil, brown sugar and lavender essential oil (or whatever ingredients suit your fancy). Mix everything in a small bowl, then apply it generously all over both feet with a clean washcloth or sponge until all visible dirt has been removed. After the foot scrub you can apply a feet exfoliant to remove excessive skin on your feet.
3. Vinegar soak
Another way to get rid of dry, dead skin on your feet is with an exfoliating scrub. Vinegar soaks are also recommended by many experts. Here’s how to do it: First, soak your feet in warm water for 15 minutes or so. Then use a pumice stone and rub it across the tops and bottoms of your toes and heels (the thickest areas). If they’re bad, you might use an electric foot file or callus remover instead of the pumice stone. Be careful not to overdo it because the skin on your feet can be very thin! Afterward, rinse off any excess dead skin with warm water and pat dry with a towel. Be sure not to use soap afterward because it will wash away all those good oils that help keep your skin moisturized!
4. Paraffin wax
If you don’t have time for a full-body body scrub, consider treating your feet with a DIY paraffin wax treatment. The wax will melt down into your skin and act as a feet exfoliant, removing dead skin cells and revealing smooth, healthy feet. Paraffin wax is a petroleum byproduct used in creams and lotions to help hydrate skin. It can also be used as a base for other products like lip balm or moisturizer. The wax bath is created by immersing your feet in warm paraffin wax for about 15 minutes or so. This will soften and smooth out any rough spots on your feet, making it easier for you to get rid of them using an electric callus remover or pumice stone.
5. Epsom salt soak
An Epsom salt soak can help soften and moisturize your feet if you have dry, cracked skin. To do this, add a cup of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to your foot bath and soak your feet for 10 minutes. Do this once a week before shaving or applying other foot treatments. If you have rough calluses, try using the Epsom salt scrub instead. To make it, add one cup of Epsom salts to one cup of warm water in a bowl and mix well. Then place your feet in the mixture and use a pumice stone to scrub them gently. Rinse thoroughly when finished; don’t allow the salt residue to dry on your skin!
Learning to exfoliate your feet for a smoother look is an easy way to pamper yourself and provide the kind of care many people do not think to give. However, it is essential to learn how to do it correctly. Exfoliating your feet regularly can be very rewarding.