The self care movement has gained a lot of following this last year, we have all invested some time in looking after our skin, hair, body and wellness but there is always one area that gets forgotten about, our feet. It’s remarkable to think that the part of our bodies that has a lot of hard work to do is always at the bottom of care list. Now there are hints of spring there is instant panic about getting said feet ready to dust off our sandals and you’re probably wondering how to get rid of hard skin on your feet, the more natural the better using potent ingredients and effective methods.
How do you get rid of hard skin on your feet fast?
There are lots of different ways of getting rid of any build-up of dead skin cells making it easy to find a product or method that works best for you. When getting rid of hard skin on your feet fast, it is best to opt for a peeling foot mask enriched in potent ingredients that can penetrate through the hard skin and breakdown the bonds preventing it from coming away from the foot. By using a foot-mask you will achieve the quickest results and get your feet looking great and feeling soft, the next step is maintaining them which is why I am now going to share with you some of the best prevention methods to use when keeping hard skin on your feet at bay.
- Take your vitamins- cracked heels and hard skin are often a sign of a lack of vitamins, specifically iron and zinc. Both of these vitamins play an important role in repairing and regenerating hair follicles and skin cells.
- Try a specialist lotion or balm- it is important to keep the feet hydrated, however many advise to not use a regular body cream as this can collect in between the toes and cause concerns such as athlete’s foot.
- Maintain smooth skin using a file- it’s a lot easier to stay on top of your foot care by using a foot file or pumice stone to buff away any signs of build. Remember to keep the feet dry first to better results.
- Check your footwear- try your best to not trap your feet in soft shoes, or non-supportive sandals too much, keep a good mixture to prevent your feet getting a build-up of hard skin.
Looking after your feet is easier then ever before and introducing some of these steps into your routine will not only keep your feet healthy, but give you more opportunity for some self care!
Is it bad to cut dead skin off your feet?
YES! It is important to remember that cutting or shaving any calluses or hard skin from your feet is a huge no-no! There is a danger of you unknowingly cutting too far and causing some injury to the tissue of your feet often resulting in it taking a long time to heal and feel comfortable again. Instead of cutting or shaving your calluses you can try the following:
- Soaking your feet to soften any calluses
- Using a moisturising cream to keep them hydrated
- Using a pumice stone or file to remove any build-up
- Wearing supportive shoes that do not rub or lack protection (such as high heels, flip flops etc)
- Ensure you wear socks with a breathable and comfortable material
If you try all of the above and find you are still struggling with hard skin and calluses, then seeking the help from a trained professional or podiatrist will combat any concerns quickly and effectively.
How can I soften my feet overnight?
There is a cure for soften your feet overnight that has been used for years, and that is applying Vaseline to the cracked and hard areas of skin on your feet and then putting on a pair of socks to sleep in (and safe your bedsheets!) Remarkably, this method is still used today, however you will find a number of different products to try that reap the same rewards!
Here is one of the most simple but effective way of achieving softer feet overnight:
- Exfoliate your feet with a pumice stone or foot scrub
- Rinse and wash the feet, focusing on drying between the toes to remove any moisture
- Apply nourishing cream, such as Vaseline or other specifically formulated product to the hard patches of skin
- To help lock in the product put on a pair of clean socks to wear overnight. You can also find pure cotton socks available that were created with this treatment in mind.
- As previously mentioned, avoid applying any cream or Vaseline in the toes to avoid some irritation and skin concerns such as athlete’s foot
- In the morning don’t forget to rinse off any left-over product
Performing this every month will allow you to stay on top of your foot care, overall making it easier for you to have your feet at their healthiest state.
How can I exfoliate my feet at home?
Here are some of the best exfoliating foot treatment for you to try at home:
Peel Away Foot Mask
- We have a best-selling formula peel away foot mask here at Procoal enriched in high quality ingredients
- Cut the top of each sock and slip your clean feet into the formula
- Leave socks on for 60-90 minutes
- Remove the socks and rinse the remaining solution off
- After 3 days you will start noticing a marked improvement and beautiful feet!
- A pumice stone is a natural lava stone that can help remove dead skin and calluses from your feet
- Dip the pumice into some warm water for 10 minutes
- Gently move the pumice stone in sideways motions to remove any build-up of dead skin on the balls and heels of your feet
- Once the hard skin is removed, apply a foot lotion to hydrate the skin
- Avoid using a pumice stone on skin that is injured or has surface cuts
Homemade foot scrub
- Dilute two tablespoons of sea salt to equal part baby oil and lemon juice
- Apply the scrub directly onto your dry feet and work in circulation motions, paying close attention to areas of hard skin
- Rinse the scrub thoroughly with warm water, rub the feet dry and apply a foot lotion to moisturise
Oat foot scrub
- For a gentle approach you can use an oat foot scrub by mixing equal part oats with rose water or milk to form a paste
- Apply liberal amounts of the paste onto your areas of concern and leave it set for 20-30 minutes
- The natural exfoliation from the milk and oats will remove any dead skin cells
- Rinse the paste away and moisture the feet
- For best result try this treatment every other day
Is hard skin on feet bad?
Hard skin on the feet is something that happens to all of us, however, leaving hard skin and calluses to build-up over time will begin to cause all manner of problems. The worst thing you can do is ignore your feet in your daily routine, so why not consider as the green light you’ve been waiting for to fish out your favourite nail varnish, tuck away those big winter boots and add a little extra “you time” at the end of a busy day!