Dry, calloused and cracked feet are a reality for many of us and things only get worse in the winter. When you want to show off your feet in sandals during the warmer months, you want them to look and feel as soft as possible. When you ignore their needs, however, it’s more than unattractive—it can become painful. Here are the top tips to make your feet baby soft
Use a foot file/pumice stone
For an instant pedicure without the nails, using a pumice stone or foot file can help soften the bottom of your feet and exfoliate dead skin cells while softening them. This works best when you do it after a bath or shower when your skin is at its softest. Rub it in in a circular motion, finishing by rinsing your feet, patting them dry and applying a little moisturizer.
Stick to warm or cool water with foot baths
While hot water may feel good on tired muscles or on a cold night, water that is too hot will dry out your skin and make existing problems worse. Cool and warm water can be just as effective, especially if you add some Epsom salts or essential oils in there.
Apply an exfoliating scrub
You can make a DIY scrub at home with ingredients like salt, sugar, honey or coffee as an exfoliating agent, but there are also very effective exfoliating scrubs for sale that smell and feel amazing and, best of all, don’t require no effort on your part.
Moisturize with shea butter or coconut oil
This is especially important in the winter and after exfoliating, but moisturizing your feet regularly (or even mixing the two ingredients together) can make a big difference in softness. Our favorite hack? Apply the oil or body butter and put on soft cotton socks afterwards. It’s even better if you can leave them on overnight to maximize that hydrating power.
The best ingredients to keep your feet soft:
By mixing one part water with three parts baking soda, you can create a powerful but non-abrasive exfoliant. Mix this solution in a bowl and then rinse your feet with warm water while applying a moisturizer. In addition to massaging your feet in this solution, you can make your own foot bath by filling a container with a few tablespoons of baking soda and some warm water, stirring, and then soaking your feet for up to 10 minutes. As always, repeat with your favorite cream.
This weird soak combines one part apple cider vinegar with one part Listerine and two parts warm water. Together, the ingredients can help soften calluses. Do not soak them for less than 10 minutes or for more than 20 minutes. Then pat them dry and exfoliate with a foot file or pumice stone to remove dead skin. Another low-maintenance way to use ACV is to soak a cotton pad in the solution and place it over the area, securing it with a band-aid so you can sleep at night with it on.
When creams, nut butters, and lotions feel too heavy, olive oil is your best bet. It applies luxuriously and is one of nature’s best natural moisturizers – no prescription needed. Just rub some oil into your feet (massage them if you have time) by rubbing the oil. Then put on a pair of cotton socks.
Honey is a fantastic ingredient that can hydrate when combined with exfoliating agents. Honey traps moisture in the skin and makes a luxurious foot scrub when combined with a quarter cup of brown sugar, a few tablespoons of coconut oil, and a little invigorating peppermint oil. Mix these ingredients and rub the scrub onto your feet before rinsing and drying with a towel.
Soaking your feet in water can get boring, so instead mix four cups of whole milk and a few handfuls of baking soda mixed with your favorite essential oil. This home spa treatment gives strong Cleopatra emotions. Don’t forget to warm the milk beforehand. After soaking in the milk for about 10 minutes, massage your feet with a handful of baking soda before re-soaking them in the milk for a few more minutes.
It may sound strange to squish your feet in mushy bananas, but the vitamins and amino acids in them can help in many ways. You can either mash them up and apply this “mask” to your feet for 20 minutes before rinsing off, or rub the peels on dry parts of your feet.
Although it shouldn’t be used on deep cracks (menthol won’t be comfortable), toothpaste is a surprisingly cooling scrub with abrasive particles that can do the same things a pumice stone or foot file does. It can exfoliate dead skin cells and has the surprising benefit of brightening your toenails and removing blisters. For blisters, apply a paste to the area and leave it on for a few hours. For whiter toenails, apply the paste to the nails and scrub them with an old toothbrush.