Ladies and gents, the weather is finally warm enough to show of your piggies, which means we need to fix them up from all of the abuse and neglect our feet had in the colder months.
Calluses and corns are really annoying, but with a little effort everyday, you can help get rid of them.
I find that gently scrubbing any rough and thick spots on my feet every other week or so, helps lessen the appearance of the calluses and corns. Try to only take off a little amount of skin each time. Be careful, I really mean A LITTLE. If you scrub too much, your skin will hurt because you are revealing RAW skin. My favourite pumice stone that I’ve tried is the Mr. Pumice. It has the perfect amount of grit to use. It has a finer grittiness, which I find works better than the oldschool white-grey pumice stones.
I like to use the Mr. Pumice in conjunction with their Callous Terminator gel. After my shower, I apply a little pea sized amount of the gel to the pumice stone, and scrub my problem spots in a gentle circular motion. You’ll literally see the dead skin dissolve and go away! This stuff is amazing.
Be warned though – you need to be really careful when using this stuff. I scrubbed off too much skin one time and left the gel on too long. It was not good.
Baking Soda Foot Soak
About once every 2 weeks or so, try to soak your feet in this foot soak to reveal super soft skin! in a container/bucket/small tub/bowl that will fit both of your feet, fill it up with about 4-6 cups of warm water , and 2-3 tbsp of baking soda. Soak your feet in this solution for about 15-20 mins, followed by some light scrubbing with the Mr. Pumice. Voila! Super smooth feet. Another bonus is that the baking soda will also help deodorize your feet too!
I find most commercial moisturizers don’t really add anything to the skin. Instead, they only act as a barrier or saran wrap to the skin, holding in whatever moisture it has. What I like to do is slather my feet in coconut oil, which really adds moisture to the skin, then I use whatever commercial body lotion I have laying around on top of that, to help seal the coconut oil in. Throw on a pair of socks and leave them on overnight.
The most important key factor to keeping your corns and calluses at bay is to lightly scrub them regularly. If you overdo it with callus removing lotions, or if you scrub way too much skin off in a short amount of time, your body reacts by reproducing and OVERPRODUCING that protective skin on the callus. So, slow and gentle does it. A little patience and consistency, and you should see that your feet are looking way prettier in a couple of weeks!