Our feet take a lot of punishment on a daily basis—walking, standing, running, and wearing shoes all take their toll. If your feet are feeling dry or callused, there are a few ways you can pamper them to make them feel soft again. Getting your feet to be baby soft might not happen overnight, but with a little patience, you can have silky smooth feet in no time.
[Edit]Soak your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes.
This will help your skin feel soft and easy to exfoliate. You can either fill a small bucket with water or get into the shower/bathtub to let your feet have a luxurious soak.
It’s usually much easier to exfoliate when your skin is already soft and warm, so it’s important to soak them first.
If your feet are feeling sore, add 300 g (1.5 cups) of Epsom salt to your bath. This will help soothe your aching feet and muscles.
[Edit]Pat your feet dry with a towel.
Leaving your skin damp can lead to bacteria and fungal growth. Use a towel to pat your skin dry after you get out of the bath or the shower. Don’t forget to get the creases in between your toes!
This is especially important if you’re prone to athlete’s foot or toenail fungus.
If you’re really worried about fungal or bacteria growth, use a hair dryer on the cool setting to quickly dry your feet off after you get out of the bath or the shower.
[Edit]Exfoliate with a pumice stone on a daily basis.
Pumice stones help remove dead skin and prevent calluses. After you get out of the shower of the bath, rub the stone slowly and gently over your heels, the balls of your feet, and the outside edges of your big toes.
Use a circular motion when rubbing either a pumice stone or foot file on your skin. You’ll only need to perform this step for a few minutes on each foot. Make sure to be gentle when using a pumice stone to avoid accidentally injuring your skin.
If you don’t have a pumice stone, use a salt scrub instead. Mix (128 g) of salt and of an essential oil, then rub it on your feet to exfoliate them.
[Edit]File the areas of your feet that are super rough or dry.
Your heels and the outside of your toes might have a lot of skin built up. If you notice that there are areas on your feet that aren’t getting softer with the pumice stone, take an emery board and rub it gently across these areas.
Foot files are super sharp, and they can hurt your feet if you rub too hard. Start out slowly and then work your way up to shave down your skin.
Foot files work great on corns and calluses, too.
[Edit]Moisturize your feet with lotion or cream.
Your feet don’t secrete oil, so they can’t hydrate themselves. Once you get out of the shower or the bath and you’ve exfoliated, pat your feet dry and apply a moisturizer all over your feet.
If you’re prone to athlete’s foot or fungal infections, don’t put moisturizer in between your toes. The moist environment can grow bacteria and fungus.
Remember that lotion and cream can make your feet slippery, so be careful if you step onto a tiled or hardwood floor with your bare feet after applying moisturizer!
[Edit]Make your toenails softer with petroleum jelly.
When the weather is dry, your toenails may feel hard or brittle. Use a thin layer of petroleum jelly on your toenails every night to make them feel softer and smoother.
To avoid rubbing the petroleum jelly onto your sheets at night, wear socks to bed.
This can also help soften your cuticles so you can push them back if they’re too long.
[Edit]Use a foot mask for intense hydration.
If your feet are really dry or callused, you may need a rejuvenating mask. After you’ve exfoliated and moisturized your feet, mix of pumpkin puree, 1/4 tsp (1.42 g) of cinnamon, and of plain yogurt. Spread the mixture onto your feet, then let it sit for 15 minutes.
Cinnamon helps to soften your skin, and pumpkin puree works to brighten and nourish it.
You don’t need to use a foot mask every day—just whenever your feet feel especially rough, like during the winter or after a long day of manual labor.
[Edit]Treat corns and calluses with exfoliation and moisturizer.
These tough spots can lead to pain and discomfort on your feet. If you have a corn or callus, start by soaking your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes. Use your pumice stone to gently file down the area, then apply a moisturizer.
You can do this every day until you get rid of your corn or callus.
If you have diabetes or your corn/callus is especially painful, consult a dermatologist.
[Edit]Cover blisters to allow them to heal.
Blisters often happen because of ill-fitting socks or shoes. If you get a blister, cover it with a bandage to let it pop and drain on its own. If your blister is rubbing against your shoes, use padding (like Moleskine) to protect it.
If your blister is particularly large or painful, you may need to lance it on your own. Use rubbing alcohol to sterilize a small needle, then carefully poke the edge of the blister and allow it to drain.
If you notice any pus or redness as your blister heals, it could be a sign of an infection. Talk to a dermatologist right away.
[Edit]Protect your feet with shoes and socks.
Going out barefoot can make your feet feel rough. Make sure you’re always wearing appropriate footwear before you head outside to keep your feet feeling silky and soft.
You should always make sure your shoes fit you well! Shoes that are too small can lead to blisters, corns, and calluses.
Go for moisture-wicking socks, like cotton and wool, to keep your feet dry.
Baby soft feet probably won’t happen overnight. Keep taking care of your feet to see long-term results.
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