The majority of us (men and women) are unaware that beautiful feet are attractive. This is why we see a wide range of foot care treatments from essential oils to milk lotions - to provide extra care for the feet.
"How can I remove the hard skin on my feet?" This seems to be the most common question I hear from everyone where the root cause is dead skin cells.
Now that you've read my tips on how to get clean and healthy feet, let's include how to get rid of hard skin on your soles. You want your feet to look and feel bright and beautiful, of course.
How Much Care Are You Willing to Give?
If you like healthy feet, think about how much care you are willing to give. Don't worry, you'll use only the ingredients that are available.
So, are you ready to make beautiful feet from scratch?
1) Get Rid of Hard Skin by Exfoliating
Hard skin on the feet often brings discomfort, not only because they look unbecoming but it leads to cracked layers that can be painful.
When dead skin builds on your feet, your skin begins to harden and is more likely to crack. The more it accumulates dead chunks, the harder the skin goes. Exfoliation removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells and reveals the healthy, beautiful skin underneath.
You can exfoliate in two methods:
This method uses solutions like fruit enzymes or citric acid to remove dead skin from the feet. Removing the layer of dead skin cells at the surface soothes and smoothes the skin's overall texture and appearance. You will find fruit enzyme solutions in foot scrubs and foot peels.
This uses tools like a pumice stone to manually scrub away dead skin. Gently rub the abrasive side of your pumice over the skin in a circular motion applying light pressure. The massaging friction will begin to break the dead skin cells and shed them off. Take caution: When your skin begins to feel sore, stop immediately because you're most likely using too much pressure.
As promised, here are the foot scrub recipes you too can make at home:
2.Aloe Vera and Oatmeal
If you are growing aloe vera, make a foot scrub by adding two tablespoons of its clear paste-like flesh to 1/4 cup of oatmeal, 1/4 tablespoon rock salt, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons water. The salt and oatmeal will get rid of rough skin while aloe and olive will work as moisturizers.
3.Sugar and Lotion
Mix half cup sugar, 2-3 tablespoons of lotion, and 1 tablespoon of water, then gently massage the mixture on your feet for a few minutes. The sugar granules make a fantastic skin exfoliator. Concentrate on the heels, but do this gently so you don't irritate the skin.
4.Sugar and Olive Oil
Mix equal parts of sugar and olive oil then scrub on your feet. The crystals along with oil will work to eliminate hard and rough skin, particularly on the heel area. You can leave the mixture on your skin for a few minutes more before rinsing.
5.Soak Feet in Water and Essential Oil
If exfoliating gets rid of unwanted skin cells, soaking the feet in water with essential oil makes them soft, bright, and beautiful. It hydrates the skin as it soothes the muscles around the feet. The best thing relieves aches and pains from hours of standing, moving, or walking in shoes that are uncomfortable.
Essential oils provide your feet the soothing, cooling, softening, and uplifting effects that relax them. Feel the healing wonders of salt to tired and swollen feet and ankles.
6.Fresh Lemon Juice
Mix 1/2 of a fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of olive or your kitchen oil, and 1/4 cup of milk to 1/2 cup of water then soak your feet. Mix a few drops of olive oil, and soak your feet. The moisturizing effect of avocado and olive oil helps soften cracked heels and dry skin.
7.Powdered Milk and Olive Oil
Mix in 1/2 cup of powdered milk (this time leftover milk can be very useful) and 3 tablespoons of olive oil into warm water and soak feet for 20 minutes. The lactic acid in the milk combined with oil will help soften dry dead skin and will leave you with the baby's soft and smooth feet.
Note: If you don't have olive oil, use any unused kitchen oil.
For best results, leave the mixture on your feet for a few minutes after applying. This softens the skin particularly on the heel region and scrubbing would be much easier. Applying foot cream or lotion just after bathing allows the solution to seep into the skin leaving them soft, smooth, and non-greasy. It is also the best way to treat dry skin. By doing this as a regular skincare routine, your feet will thank you.
If you have very dry skin, baby oil is an effective remedy when applied while the skin is damp. Rubbing coconut oil on damp feet is an effective skin softener. Even your kitchen vegetable oil can do wonders to feet that need deep refreshing.
The topmost secret to beautiful feet is to keep them dry.
Don't Underestimate Corns and Calluses
Corns are caused by friction from the toes rubbing together or against the shoe. While one of the factors is a pair of poorly fitting shoes, dry and hardened skin is another culprit.
Since corns and calluses make the feet look dull and unhealthy, many people trim or scrape them with a razor blade or other sharp tool. Think about how they transport you from place to place and balance your body so you can move freely and work with ease.
Getting rid of hard skin on the feet at least once a week gives them a relaxing treatment that improves their overall appearance. More importantly, it can discourage calluses and prevents the skin from cracking.
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