Does the thought of removing your shoes make you anxious because of your cracked heels?
Are you tired of the way your dry and calloused feet feel? If yes, then you’re not alone.
Your feet undergo a lot of pressure and friction while walking, running, and doing all other activities that make up your day.
Thus, dead-skin build-up, calluses, cracked heels, and corns are a common occurrence.
If you think the only way to keep your feet in good shape and health is to hit the salon every month and get yourself a pedicure, you’re wrong!
There are a number of ways you can pamper your feet at home and keep them looking pretty and healthy.
In this post, we will give you a step-by-step guide on how to exfoliate your feet and give them a complete makeover in the comfort of your home.
Step 1: Do A Foot Soak
Indulging in a foot soak can rejuvenate your feet and also help with foot ache. The warm water seeps into the cracks and loosens up dead skin cells.
This not only makes your feet relaxed, but it also makes it easier to scrub away dead skin.
There are a number of ingredients you can use to prepare a foot soak. Some of them are listed below:
- Epsom Salt:It detoxifies your feet and soothes tired foot muscles. You can add about a quarter cup of Epsom salt in warm water filled in a shallow tub to prepare the foot soak.
- Vinegar:Vinegar is effective in softening dead skin and calluses. It also possesses antifungal properties. To prepare vinegar foot soak, mix one part of any light vinegar in 2 parts of warm water. We especially recommend apple cider vinegar.
- Lemon:You can either squeeze one whole lemon in warm water filled in a shallow tub or mix 5 to 6 drops lemon essential oil in water. Lemon is great at breaking down dead skin patches and calluses.
- Peppermint Oil: Peppermint oil is a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient that can relax tired feet in no time. It also detoxifies your feet and loosens dead skin. Add 6 to 8 drops of peppermint oil in a shallow tub filled with warm water.
These recipes give your feet a relaxing and softening footbath. Keep your feet soaked for at least 15 to 20 minutes before moving onto the next step.
Step 2: Use Pumice Stone Of Foot File
While your feet are soaked, use a pumice stone or metal foot file to gently rub over your heels, dead skin and calluses.
Do it in gentle circular motions if you’re using a pumice stone and back-and-forth with a foot file.
Step 3: Exfoliate With An All-Natural Scrub
Regular foot scrubbing is the best way to keep dead skin, cracked heel, and calluses away from your feet.
Foot scrubs bring even more benefits for your feet when they are prepared using natural, nourishing ingredients.
If you want seriously smooth feet, try any one of these natural foot scrubs.
Oatmeal And Almonds
Take ¼ cup of oatmeal and grind it until it’s gritty in texture but not completely powdered. Do the same with ¼ cup of almonds.
Mix both the ingredients in a cup and add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of honey to form a paste.
You can also add 1 or 2 tablespoons of coconut oil for a moisturizing effect. Use this mixture to gently and thoroughly scrub your feet.
Brown Sugar, Honey, And Lemon
To prepare this you need about half a cup of granulated brown sugar. Mix it with 2 to 3 tablespoons of honey and squeeze half a lemon in it.
Mix well to form a paste and use it to scrub your feet. The brown sugar and citric acid (in lemon juice) help to remove dead skin while honey provides moisture to your feet.
Take about 3 to 4 tablespoons of coffee grounds and the same quantity of coarse sugar. Mix them and add a tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil.
Mix well and use the wet paste to rub your feet. It’s better to use this scrub in the bathroom to avoid any coffee stains.
Coffee is packed with antioxidants that can help rejuvenate your feet and make them smoother and softer. It also makes them brighter.
Another excellent natural exfoliant, sea salt can quickly rub off layers of dead skin revealing smooth and supple feet.
Take a few tablespoons of sea salt and add 2 to 3 drops of your favorite essential oil. We recommend lavender, peppermint, rosemary or lemon.
Now use the salt on wet feet to scrub away calluses and dark patches.
Step 4: Moisturize With Natural Oils
Once you’re done scrubbing your feet, wash them with warm water and pat dry. The final step is to moisturize.
Even though there are plenty of commercial moisturizers available, nothing compares to the goodness of natural oils.
Coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, cocoa butter are great at deeply nourishing your feet and preventing a moisture barrier to prevent cracks and calluses.
Take a small quantity of the oil in your hand and gently massage it all over your feet. Don’t forget the toes and nails.
Afterward, you can cover your feet with socks whenever possible. This step can really help seal in moisture and make your feet even softer.
To Sum Up
Your feet require extra care and attention because of all the wear and tear they go through every day.
Follow this exfoliating and moisturizing routine for your feet every week to get rid of tough calluses and cracked heels.
The results will amaze you in just a few weeks. Let us know which of the above-mentioned recipes worked best for you in the comments section below.
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