Sandal-Worthy: Get Smooth, Soft Feet in 3 Simple Steps
There is nothing more terrifying than throwing on your favorite pair of sandals and heading out the door on a warm summer day, only to look down and realize that your feet are still screaming winter. After being covered up in boots and multiple layers of socks all winter long, they may need some extra care and attention before heading out in public again. Don’t worry, achieving smooth, soft feet isn’t as impossible as it may seem—it can be done in these three simple steps, below.
By now, we all know that exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, which in turn can lead to smoother, softer skin. But, perhaps some of us are guilty of neglecting the one area that can experience both a buildup of dead skin cells and calluses. Calluses are hard, thickened areas of skin that form as a result of friction or pressure on the skin and they may cause your feet to feel more like sandpaper than soft, smooth skin. A little bit of a callus can be good on areas that experience friction or pressure often, like the feet because they protect the skin underneath, but in order to achieve smoother feet overall, you may want to remove the top layer of dead skin with a pumice stone or a foot scrub like, The Body Shop’s Peppermint Cooling Pumice Foot Scrub. This gel-based scrub can help smooth out rough skin, while the peppermint can leave your skin feeling soothed and refreshed.
After you’ve exfoliated, give your feet a good soak in warm water to help soften the skin. We recommend adding a little bit of coconut oil to the water. It can give your skin some extra hydration and nourishment while it soaks. Once you’re finished soaking, you may notice that the calluses on your feet have softened up even more. You can run a pumice stone on the heals of your feet for extra smoothing before grabbing the moisturizer.
After you’ve soaked, apply a thick moisturizer like, The Body Shop’s Hemp Foot Protector. Formulated with beeswax and hemp seed oil, this heavy moisturizer can work to renew dehydrated skin and can provide extra moisture to rough heels. We recommend using this product in the evening and throwing on a pair of socks after you’ve applied it—which can allow your feet to soak up its moisture overnight.
Now, who’s ready to go shoe shopping?