Whether they're tucked into heavy boots during a dry winter or hitting the beach in a pair of flip flops, feet certainly go through a lot. It can still be easy to leave your foot care for last, focusing on moisturizing and exfoliating your more visible body parts before tucking them into some socks for the day. The sensitive skin on the bottoms of your feet can become cracked and dry, signaling that they need to be cared for on in order to renew the surface. Take the time once a week to soak your feet and buff away peeling skin.
Step into the shower and adjust the water to a warm temperature. Keep the temperature comfortable to avoid burning your skin; hot water will dry out your skin, increasing the problem of dead skin on your feet.
Stand in the shower for at least five minutes, and ensure that your feet are well soaked.
Pull on an exfoliating mitt. The mitt adds friction, helping to remove dead skin better than a scrub alone can do.
Pour a golf-ball-sized amount of a gritty exfoliating scrub onto the mitt.
Work the scrub into the bottoms of your feet, using a circular motion. Concentrate on your heels, the balls of your feet and the tips of your toes.
Rinse your feet under the water, using your hand to sweep away any remaining scrubbing beads,
Gently pat your feet dry with a clean towel.
Position a pumice stone or foot file against the back of your heel, and buff your heels moving toward your toes and back again. This will remove any remaining dead skin.
Buff the balls of your feet gently, just below your toes, moving the file from side to side.
Buff the tips of your toes, just above your toenails using a side-to-side motion. Move the file gently as this area is thinner and more sensitive
Coat each foot in a thick foot cream. Heavy shea-butter-based creams are best for renewing moisture in rough skin.
Pull on a pair of cotton socks to lock in moisture. Wear them overnight if possible.
- MayoClinic.com advises diabetics not not use pumice stones because of the risk of injury and infection.
- Do not use a razor to peel skin off your feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association notes that razors may remove too much skin, leading to injuries and infection.
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