If you find that your feet are looking a bit tired, to say the least, you’re not alone.
Our busy lives mean that our feet can look aged and unkempt quickly, especially when foot TLC isn’t prioritised.
Get sandal ready…
We’ve got 15 tips to remove that unsightly and uncomfortable dead skin from your feet. From more traditional methods to ones that are unconventional to say the least, check them out…
1. Traditional Soak
Just as a soak in the bathtub can make your whole body feel relaxed and rejuvenated, a standard foot soak can do the same for your feet.
Nothing fancy, a simple, fool-proof method, soaking your feet can help to soften the hard skin that builds up on our tootsies.
Whilst a specially designed foot spa is a nice treat, if you’re not looking to splash out a washing up bowl full of warm soapy water will do the trick too!
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2. Clay Foot Soak
Take a traditional foot soak to the next level by introducing bentonite clay. This clay has been used for centuries as it’s touted to have healing properties. In fact, ‘when dissolved in water, Bentonite clay produces an “electrical charge” which gives it an ability to absorb toxins and other impurities’.
Sounds fancy, but how does that help? Well, those toxins the clay draws out includes dead skin cells, helping you to achieve smooth feet!
3. Salt Scrub
Using sea salt (or himalayan rock salt) to exfoliate the feet is a great choice of abrasive. This is because the coarse grains work well on hard built up areas of skin, such as callused feet.
What’s great is that salt is cheap and easy to get hold of to make your own DIY salt scrub like these ones here.
Not only does salt helps to shed dead skin, but it ‘contains minerals like magnesium, potassium and calcium, great for skin cell restoration and reducing the signs of aging’.
4. Epsom Salts
Epsom salts are a known muscle ache remedy, however, they can also benefit our feet too
The magnesium contained with epsom salts helps to rid your feet of bacteria and improves blood circulation.
Add some epsom salts into your foot soaks to reap these benefits and have healthier, cleaner feet in no time!
5. Pumice Stone
A pumice stone is a well known tool for keeping feet in check.
Completely natural, pumice is extremely lightweight, yet has a texture perfect for buffing away dead skin.
Couple the use of a pumice stone with a foot soak to really treat your feet. However, a small caution, it’s important to just use a pumice stone on dead, hard skin to avoid tissue damage.
6. Exfoliating Brush
You might think of an exfoliating brush as a tool you’d use over larger areas of your body to get that new skin feeling.
But just like, exfoliating brushes come in all shapes and sizes. Use a smaller brush on the soles of your feet after a soak to brush away all the dead and loose skin to reveal smooth, pampered feet.
7. Foot File
A foot file isn’t for the faint-hearted as many of them collect the dead skin so it can be easily and hygienically disposed of.
They’re essentially emery board for your feet, which sand away all your dead skin troubles (6).
8. Electric Foot File
If you’re into your gadgets, then you’ll probably love an electric foot file when it comes to taking care of your tootsies.
The rotating sander eliminates the need for elbow grease when it comes to removing the dead skin from the soles of your feet.
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9. Foot Moisturiser
You can buy lotions and potions for basically everybody part these days and feet are certainly no exception.
These rich creams are designed to soften even the toughest of skin and repair dry, cracked heels.
Try a balm like this one to see the benefits for yourself.
10. Foot mask
If a foot moisturiser isn’t a treat enough for your precious feet, then you might want to consider giving a foot mask a go.
These intensive treatments work on the skin for a longer period of time to break down and remove hard skin.
Fancy foot masks, like this one, even include treatment socks for a spa like feel.
Raid the Kitchen Cupboards…
11. Apple Cider Vinegar
Aside from being one of the biggest buzz foods in the health industry right now, apple cider vinegar can also benefit your feet.
Used to treat dry skin, apple cider vinegar can be applied to the dead skin (only these areas) of the feet, bandaged up and left overnight to help eliminate calluses.
12. Coconut oil
Coconut oil seems to be one of those foods that can cure just about anything. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
This miracle ingredients is known to be incredibly moisturising, hence why it has become a staple in many peoples bathrooms (as well as their kitchens).
All you need to do is apply a generous amount to your feet, cover with socks and leave overnight. The hydrating properties of coconut oil should have your feet feeling well-loved by morning.
Outsource Your Foot Care…
13. Get a Pedicure with a Paraffin Twist
Paraffin wax is not the same as the other wax that beauty therapists use, so relax!
In fact, instead of being painful, paraffin wax is often used in relaxing pedicure treatments. It’s used because ‘as the wax hardens, the paraffin’s natural emollient softens skin’ and when it’s removed, dead skin goes with it.
Next time you fancy a full foot makeover, find a salon/spa that offers this treatment too!
14. See a Podiatrist
If your foot problems extend further than hard skin, you might consider seeing a podiatrist to treat all your problems together.
Podiatrists (also known as Chiropodists) treat a range of foot conditions, dry and cracked heels being one of them.
So if you’d prefer some professional help with your feet, this might be the pathway for you.
Now for the Downright Bizarre…
15. Mouthwash Foot Soak
We’re completely serious. The fact that a whole website is titled after this method proves that this is a tried and tested method people have been using for years with much success.
The mouthwash in question is listerine, and it can not only help with hard, dry skin, but also fungus, sores, swelling and warts.
Use this commonly found bathroom product in a foot soak to reap these benefits and see if you also jump on this, seemingly, popular bandwagon.
There you have it…
No more excuses for unkempt feet anymore.
With these 15 top foot care tips, there’s bound to be a method to suit your preferences, time allowance and budget!