Can't Make It to the Salon? Here's How to Exfoliate Your Feet at Home
Don’t let dry, calloused feet stop you from sporting your favorite open-toe shoes this summer. With a few simple steps, you can achieve soft, smooth skin on your feet—all without heading into the salon for a pedicure. Below, we share exactly how you can exfoliate your feet at home!
With sandal season reaching its peak, the last thing you want to deal with is dry and calloused feet. Heading to the salon for a pedicure can help, but if you don’t have the time or budget to do so you can opt to exfoliate your feet at home and kick dead cells to the curb. Keep reading for five simple steps for achieving soft soles.
STEP ONE: CLEAN YOUR FEET
First things first, start by washing your feet. Reach for a body wash, like Biotherm Aquathermale, that can help remove dirt and impurities off your feet for freshand soft skin. Spread the formula all over your feet—including in-between your toes—and rinse off with lukewarm water.
Biotherm Aquathermale, $36 MSRP
STEP TWO: SOAK YOUR FEET
Once your feet are clean, soak them in the tub for about ten to twenty minutes until your soles are soft. This step helps loosen up the dead skin cells so they are easier to slough away.
STEP THREE: EXFOLIATE YOUR FEET
Ok, prep work is over. Now it’s time to show dry, dead cells who’s boss with exfoliation. As a refresher, exfoliation can help slough away dead skin cells that buildup on the skin’s surface. This buildup can often cause a rough, unattractive texture and look to your skin. By removing these cells, you are allowing new skin cells to come to the surface which feels soft and smooth. You can exfoliate with a physical exfoliator, like a scrub, or a chemical exfoliator, like an acid. For your feet, we recommend physical exfoliation with a foot buffing bar and a body scrub, such as Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub. It’s a rich and indulgent body scrub that gently exfoliates dead skin cells without over drying.
Try: Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub, $36 MSRP
STEP FOUR: MOISTURIZE YOUR FEET
After exfoliating and/or cleansing, you must moisturize your skin to reintroduce lost moisture—and your soles are no exception. In fact, neglecting to moisturize your soles may one of the biggest culprits behind your dry, calloused skin in the first place. Make it a habit to moisturize your body from head-to-toe after stepping out of the shower. We recommend turning to an emollient that’s specifically formulated for feet, like Kiehl’s Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer for Dry or Callused Areas. It’s a thick moisturizer that’s enriched with avocado oil and shea butter, and can to help soften and soothe dry skin.
STEP FIVE: GO THE EXTRA MILE
This certainly isn’t a requirement, but for extra bonus points in the hydration department, you can’t go wrong with adding coconut oil into the mix. Coconut oil is a hydration powerhouse with a slew of benefits that can extend to your feet as well. Here’s a hack to try before bed: After moisturizing, apply coconut oil to your feet, wrap them in plastic wrap, and cover them with a pair of fuzzy socks. This can help deeply moisturize your skin while you snooze.
Now that your feet are in their best shape, go ahead and give yourself a full at-home pedicure! You can follow our simple guide, here.
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