Summer is the season of sandals, wedges, and espadrilles, and it’s high time we remember our feet. Yes, those poor feet we often forget about, though they keep us moving. The calluses, cracks, and dry skin that appears when we ignore their needs can be both unattractive and painful. So what we can do about them?
Let’s start here with some general tips! The first thing you should remember is that our feet require daily care. If you want your heels to be smooth and soft, you should use pumice stones or foot files on a daily basis. There are several things we want to remind you about:
Remove the dead skin during or right after a shower or bath, when it’s soft. Use circular motions for better results. Rinse and pat your feet dry after the procedure, and then apply some moisturizer.
If you’re into foot baths, use warm or cool water. Hot water can actually dry out your skin.
Use exfoliating scrubs for your feet, either bought or homemade. Try honey, salt, sugar, or coffee scrubs — it’s up to you.
You can try coconut oil or shea butter to moisturize your feet, or even mix them together in a 3:2 ratio. Use them at night and wear soft cotton socks after applying the cream for better results.
So, that’s it for general tips — now here are some simple recipes you can use to soften the skin on your feet. Time to pamper them and thank them for all their work!
We all know that baking soda is a universal miracle worker, and it’s time to reiterate this point once again with this powerful exfoliator. All you need is:
- 3 parts baking soda;
- 1 part water.
Mix the ingredients in a bowl and apply to your feet. Massage them, paying special attention to heels, toes, and callouses (if there are any). If the skin is too dry, use a pumice stone or a foot file. When you’re finished, rinse your feet with warm water and apply some moisturizer.
Another use of baking soda is a foot bath. There’s nothing simpler: just fill a proper container with warm water, add 3 tablespoons of baking soda, stir, and soak your feet there for 10 minutes. Then rinse them with water and apply your favorite moisturizer.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Vinegar is more than a remedy for dry skin — when combined with Listerine, it can soften callouses. To prepare this soak, you’ll need:
- 1 part apple cider vinegar
- 1 part Listerine
- 2 parts warm water
Soak your feet for no less than 10 minutes and no more than 20 minutes, pat dry, and then exfoliate the skin with a pumice or foot file.
Another way you can use vinegar to fight callouses is to soak a cotton pad in vinegar, apply it to the area, secure it with an adhesive bandage, and go to bed. Remove the pad when you wake up and exfoliate the skin. Repeat if necessary.
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