Dead skin, cracked heels, calluses, athlete’s foot, hard skin, and other issues are various reasons why you should learn how to exfoliate your feet correctly.
If you have not been doing this, or rather, skipping your feet, you will only have yourself to blame when you get these skin irritations. Not only will they make your feet age, but they also make them unpleasant.
That’s why treating your feet as you do any other part of your body is necessary.
If you want to learn how to exfoliate your feet properly, you are reading the right article. I will guide you on how to exfoliate your feet and why it is necessary.
How to exfoliate feet
1. Use a pumice stone
Pumice stones are essential in exfoliating. They are volcanic rocks that have high vascular rough-textured surfaces. They are simply solid lava made from gases and water from a volcano.
The primary use of pumice stone is to remove dead skin cells from feet. Their rough texture against the hard texture of your feet causes friction and removes the top layer, leaving smoother, softer skin.
- Soak your feet in warm water to soften your feet. Leave them in for about 15-20 minutes.
- Wet the pumice stone.
- Then in a circular motion, rub the stone on each foot.
- Focus on the hard areas. However, do not be too rough. Only focus on softening, not removing entire hard skin.
- Remove feet from the water after scrubbing.
- Apply lotion or oil to feet.
Note: For calluses, athlete’s feet, or hard feet, keep using the stone regularly until the feet are completely soft.
2. Use a foot scrub
Foot scrubs are just like any other exfoliating scrub with granules and large molecules that can slough off dead skin cells from the skin. You can buy a foot scrub or make on yourself.
To use, all you have to do is apply the scrub to your foot and scrub with a loofah or sponge. You can also use your hands to rub and massage your feet. After scrubbing, rinse off the residues and dead skin with lukewarm water.
3. Use an exfoliating cream
Exfoliating cream works more to moisturize, then gently remove dead skin cells from the skin. The creams or balms are left in to moisturize and treat the feet.
They work like chemical exfoliators with active ingredients like salicylic acid to remove the tough skin. These creams are meant for extremely dry feet or ones with calluses or cracks.
- Wash feet in warm water.
- Dry off after soaking.
- Apply exfoliating cream and leave it on the skin.
4. Use baby foot peel
This is another way to remove dead skin cells by exfoliating. The baby foot peels are specifically made to remove dead skin cells, leaving soft skin- that’s why they are called baby foot peels.
These peels are very easy to use. All you have to do is simply;
- Wash your feet.
- After washing, wear the mask/plastic booties on damp feet.
- Leave the booties on for about an hour.
- Remove and moisturize your skin.
The acid in the booties will help remove dead skin cells and smoothen your rough feet.
5. Use a foot soak
A foot soak is a great therapy used to exfoliate the feet, especially if you have cracked skin or calluses. It is the use of exotic salts like Epsom to detoxify your feet.
- Add the foot soak salt in warm water.
- Soak your feet for about 15-30 minutes.
- Use a washcloth or sponge to scrub dead skin from skin.
- Then, rinse off with lukewarm water.
- Moisturize skin.
6. Foot file
This is a simple mechanical exfoliation tool for removing hardened skin. A foot file will help buff away dead skin cells and calluses on the feet.
They are also easy to use. However, they can be abrasive and harsh, so use them with care.
- Soak your feet in warm water to soften them.
- Then on each foot, use the foot file to buff away dead skin.
- Focus on the hardened skin and brush gently.
- After buffing, wash your feet with water.
- Dry and moisturize.
7. Baking soda and lemon paste
This is a DIY treatment that helps remove dead skin cells, keeping the skin looking fresh. However, you have to be careful using this method because it can be harsh on the skin.
- Mix baking soda with lemon juice to form a thick paste.
- In a circular motion, gently rub the paste on wet feet.
- After, rinse off with lukewarm water.
Note: Do not use this if you have cuts and wounds on your feet.
8. Use paraffin wax
This is more of a spa treatment than a home treatment. Paraffin wax is applied to your feet, covered with plastic wrap, left for a while, then removed.
Paraffin wax removes dead skin cells on your feet with ease without hurting or leaving inflamed skin.
Why do you need to exfoliate your feet?
Removes dead skin and dirt
This is the most important reason to exfoliate. Removing dead skin and dirt that can build up, leading to hardened skin, is the best way to keep your skin healthy.
Exfoliating naturally improves skin texture by removing old dead skin cells to reveal newer, softer skin. Constantly exfoliating will remove the hardened skin and calluses that make the feet unsightly.
Bight and healthy feet
Exfoliating helps reduce and prevent infections, calluses, cracks, and other foot issues. It helps brighten the feet and keep them healthy.
Improves skin regeneration
Exfoliation helps the feet by sloughing off dead skin from the feet and soles to reveal new ones. Frequently exfoliating the feet will hasten skin regeneration.
How often should you exfoliate feet?
At least once a week.
Exfoliating once a week helps to keep the skin refreshed. However, if you have dry feet or it’s the winter months, exfoliate two times a week and keep moisturizing to maintain soft feet and soles.
Should you soak your feet before exfoliating?
Yes, you should.
Soaking your feet for at least 10 minutes softens your skin before removing the dead skin. It makes the routine much more easier.
What is the best way to prevent hardened skin?
The most effective way to keep your skin from hardening and drying is to moisturize everyday using oils, creams, and ointments, then exfoliate frequently. After exfoliation, moisturize again to maintain the soft texture of the skin.
To keep your feet healthy, you need to know how to exfoliate them. You can remove dead skin cells, calluses, and other foot issues just by getting it right.
So try either soaking them in exotic salts like Epsom salt, use tools like pumice or foot file, or use creams and scrubs to get dead skin off. Whatever you choose, stick to a regular routine to maintain soft, healthy feet.
Thanks for reading.
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