We’ve all heard the weird scratchy sound when we pull our leggings on…For an instant, you worry that your dry heels are actually rough enough to tear them this time. You try to make time for a pedicure or a treatment but they can be so pricey!
Do it at home! I’ve used this method at home and on holiday to spruce up tired, rough feet.
In summer this is a weekly treatment. I usually do a mini facial and while my mask is on I take care of my feet. Our poor feet take a beating. This is a nice way to pamper them.
You will need:
- A foot file, pumice stone or PedEgg
- Foot Scrub. Either a store-bought foot scrub or a simple mixture of sugar and coconut/olive oil (You can also add a little cinnamon for added warmth and detoxing as well as lemon for extra exfoliation and the lovely scent.
- Warm water in a bath or basin
- Nail clippers & hoof stick
- Thick socks
- Your Bed
Step1: Use your PedEgg or foot file. I know it seems counter-intuitive but it’s a good idea to get rid of the ridges of dry skin on your heels and sides of your feet when it is dry. If the skin is soft and damp, you run the risk of tearing the skin and creating more rough patches. The PedEgg specifically works better on dry skin because the wet or damp skin is soft and it can’t “get a good grip”. You do not, however, want to overdo this step. Creating small wounds on your feet will just cause infection.
Step2: Soak your feet in warm water and wash them properly with soap. I add some tea tree or lavender essential oil (just a couple of drops) for their antibacterial properties.
If your feet are particularly tired after a long day in heels or if you’ve been walking a lot, adding half a cup of Epsom salts to your hot water and soaking for 20 minutes helps to draw out toxins and relax tired feet. (Check with your doctor about using Epsom salts if you are pregnant )
Here is a post on the beauty benefits of Epsom Salts.
You can also add lemon slices, cucumber, rosemary and mint to the water for sweaty, tired feet.
Step 3: Scrub those feet! I recommend doing the soaking and the scrubbing in the bathroom with your feet in the bath. Please don’t scrub your feet with oil in the shower. You’ll slip. I speak from experience….there was bruising.
Mix about 4 tablespoons of sugar with coconut or olive oil in a little bowl to make a thick paste. Add a little lemon for extra exfoliation and a little cinnamon for a warming detox. You don’t want it to be runny. I use just enough oil to turn the sugar into a paste. Use the paste to scrub your warm feet just after you’ve washed them and soaked them. Again, you can add essential oils to the mix. Peppermint oil has a very cooling/refreshing effect whereas lavender is very calming.
You can scrub away quite happily at the soles of your feet but be careful on top. Think of it as “polishing” your feet. Use gentler circular motions on top and scrub a bit more at the soles.
On holiday, you can use some vaseline or body oil to mix with those little packets of sugar in your hotel room. The vaseline is a little harder to wash off, but it does the trick just fine.
You can also, very gently use this scrub to exfoliate your hands. Please be kind though, the skin on your hands is more delicate.
Rinse your feet with warm water. If you are doing a foot mask, wash the oil off properly so that the ingredients in your mask can penetrate and do their job. If not, just use warm water and make sure that all the sugar is gone.
Step4: Now that your nails are soft, push back your cuticles and clip your toenails. File them smooth and make sure that there are no sharp edges.
Step 5: While your feet are still warm, cover them with a layer of Vaseline. You want them to be shiny. Concentrate on your heels and around your toenails where there is usually thickened or rough skin. Don’s smear it between your toes. Always make sure that the skin between your toes is clean and dry. Moisture causes bacterial growth and you end up with athlete’s foot or some other sort of fungal infection.
When you have covered your feet in vaseline, put on some nice fluffy socks. You don’t want tight socks for this. You want soft sleeping socks.
Now, put yourself to bed and have a great night’s sleep. In the morning, when you take your socks off, your feet will be baby soft.