Whether you’re a young or an old person, you’re bound to have some dead skin on your feet at some point. The reason behind that is generally a lack of moisture which will lead to dead skin forming on your heels, causing them to look flaky and ugly. As a result, not only will the soles of your feet become rough, itchy and covered red patches of dead skin, but your heels will also eventually begin to crack. However, with the proper attention and care, you can prevent the formation of dead skin cells from developing on your heels. Here’s what you need to do to get those sleek, sexy-looking feet.
- Warm Water
Remember what we said about the lack of moisture? Well, sometimes, soaking your feet in some warm, soapy water may be just enough to do the trick. This will allow your calluses to soften (the thick part of your skin), making it much easier for you to remove the dead skin with a pumice stone. Just soak your feet for about 20 or 30 minutes, and once the skin has softened, take the stone and gently scrub off the dead skin. Rinse your feet afterward, dry and then moisturize the skin with some olive oil to keep things smooth.
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a miracle treatment for every dried-up part of our body. When it comes to our feet, coconut oil has great moisturizing properties, containing antifungal and antibacterial properties that can kill off most types of foot infections. Virgin coconut oil is also a great remedy to treat dry, red, and itchy skin. It can provide relief from the symptoms, and if you have, for example, bleeding cracks on your feet, coconut oil is your go-to remedy. Just massage some coconut oil on your feet for 2 or 3 minutes, and then cover them with some cotton socks. Take them off in the morning and then wash your feet with some warm water.
- Lemon Juice
The amount of citric acid found in lemon juice is enough to dissolve the flaky dead skin and promote easy removal. Just soak your feet in a bowl with equal amounts of lemon juice and warm water for 10-15 minutes and then remove the dead skin with a pumice stone. After you have rinsed your feet, remember to dry properly.
The effect of vinegar is similar to that of lemon juice. In addition, vinegar also has antibacterial properties which can help fend off foot infections and prevent odors from appearing. Simply soak your feet for 20 minutes in one part vinegar with two parts water and then pat them dry. You will only have to repeat this once or twice a week to get the desired effect.
Smooth feet are no longer a distant dream. You can get them with a simple 20-minute ritual using some remedies that Mother Nature provided us with. The ‘moisturizer’ that you use will, however, remain up to you.