You are probably looking forward to switching your boots or sneakers with open-toed, jeweled, and beaded sandals with spring just around the corner. Your feet may not make that easy. Cold weather usually does a number on your feet, often leaving your skin dry and flaky. A little foot care can go a long way in fixing this. Read on as we discuss some easy foot care home remedies that you can follow to get soft and supple feet!
Wash and Exfoliate Your Feet Regularly
If you want beautiful soft feet, the first thing you need to do is start washing and exfoliating them every night. Next, use a towel to dry them thoroughly. Wait for ten minutes before using a foot file or pumice stone over any calluses on your feet. Maintain moderate pressure and spend two or three minutes on each foot to exfoliate. Use a damp cloth to remove any dead skin cells and dry your feet again.
You can also apply coconut oil or olive oil to your cuticles and toenails, Vicks Vapor for calluses, followed by foot cream.
How to Prepare a Foot Soak
If daily exfoliation doesn’t seem to help remove calluses, you can kick things up a notch and prepare a foot soak. This is one of the most popular foot care home remedies out there.
There are various recipes that you can use. If you want to start with something simple, we suggest preparing a vinegar-based foot soak. Take a tub of warm water and add one cup of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar and one cup of Listerine. Mix the solution well and soak your feet in it for 15 minutes. Scrub your feet and then rinse and dry them well.
For best results, we recommend adding three cups of Epsom salt and lemon juice to the foot soak (a single lemon should suffice). The lemon juice can help remove any dead skin, while the Epsom salt serves to make your skin softer and less dry. It also softens the calluses on your feet. You can repeat the process every week to maintain healthy and beautiful feet!
How to Keep Your Feet Moisturized
Exfoliation can often leave the skin feeling tender and dry. Keeping your skin moisturized is important to prevent it from flaking. We recommend using a moisturizing lotion that makes your skin feel soft and supple. Keeping your feet moisturized also reduces the need for frequent exfoliation.
Try using a moisturizer specifically designed for foot care. Since the skin on your feet is thicker than other areas of your body, a deep penetrating moisturizer will be most effective.
Once you have moisturized your feet, put on a pair of cotton socks. These will help trap the moisture overnight and keep the skin on your feet feeling soft for longer!
How to Make and Use Home-based Scrubs for Foot Care
Besides exfoliating your feet with a pumice stone or foot file, you can also prepare home-based scrubs to get the job done. These typically deliver better results. You can apply a scrub every two or three days to get beautiful-looking feet! There are several DIY foot scrub recipes you can try out. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Honey and Vinegar-based Foot Scrub
Take three teaspoons of rice flour and mix it with three drops of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey. Make sure your feet are slightly damp before mixing and applying the scrub. This will make the application much easier. You can leave it on for five to ten minutes before you rinse it off.
Peppermint and Epsom Salt Foot Scrub
This foot scrub makes use of one cup of Epsom salt, 3-4 drops of peppermint oil, and one tablespoon of coconut or olive oil. The olive oil and coconut oil works by softening the skin on your feet, while the peppermint oil will offer pain relief after a long day.
You can mix all the ingredients and scrub your feet with it for 10 minutes. Leave the scrub on for an additional ten minutes and wash it off. Follow up with a moisturizer and put on a pair of cotton socks.
Olive Oil and Brown Sugar Foot Scrub
An olive oil and brown sugar foot scrub is great for removing dead skin while keeping your skin moisturized. You will need a tablespoon of brown sugar and olive oil each, two drops of essential oil, and one teaspoon of baking soda. The sugar granules work to exfoliate your skin gently, and the essential oils can offer your feet some much-needed comfort.
To prepare this scrub, mix the olive oil, sugar, and baking soda in a bowl. Add the essential oil (you can use chamomile or peppermint oil) and use the mixture to scrub your feet. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse it off. Finish with applying some moisturizer.
Wear Comfortable Shoes and Sandals
When it comes to foot care home remedies, most of us forget one essential detail – wearing shoes and sandals that keep your feet comfortable during the day. You should also avoid wearing the same pair of sandals or shoes every day.
Your shoes need to dry out before you wear them again. If your shoes are still slightly damp from sweat when you wear them, it can damage your feet by exposing them to bacteria. Wearing a different pair every day also keeps your shoes odor-free.
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