When it comes to moisturizing, we put cream or lotion on places such as the face, legs, arms, and hands. But what we often forget is that our feet need a little love and care as well. Our feet go through so much in day, taking us to the places that we go, so it’s very important that we remember to keep them in mind in our daily beauty routines.
Now, I’m not saying that you have to go get a foot spa treatment every week to maintain baby soft feet. Not everyone can or wants to pay for a weekly trip to the salon. Plus, some people are very ticklish, or generally don’t like it when other people touch their feet. There are little things here and there that you can do to make sure you don’t get calluses, cracked heels and rough patches, and they don’t require a trip to the salon or an at-home foot spa machine.
Without further ado, here are our tips on keeping your feet soft and moisturized:
1. Get a pumice stone or foot file
If you don’t have super sensitive feet, then your best bet would be to purchase a foot file, like the ones in spas. A pumice stone works too, and more versatile than a foot file, since it can be used to scrub dead skin off other parts of your body.
While a foot file and pumice stone are effective in removing calluses, the downside of using these tools is the amount of effort it takes to scrub the skin off. Depending on the state of your feet, it might take up to 15 minutes of scrubbing until you get to your desired softness. To make your life easier, have your feet soaking in warm water for 10-15 minutes to soften up the dry skin.
2. Try out different home remedies for soft feet
Who needs an expensive foot spa when you can create your own foot bath at home? There are tons of warm soaks you can set up at home, no foot spa machine required! All you need is a basin big enough to let your feet soak in warm water.
Once you have warm water in your basin, you can add certain ingredients to put moisture back into your feet. If you don’t have bath salts, baking soda acts as an amazing substitute. Plus, it’s also fragrance free, which is necessary for those with sensitive skin. Apple cider vinegar with a little dish soap is another option to add to your warm soak. And if you don’t have any of these ingredients around the house, a nightly warm water soak followed by moisturizing will also do.
In addition to the above, you can look up DIY scrubs for cracked heels.
3. Treat your feet with a mask
You’ve experimented with different face masks. Maybe you’ve dabbled with hair masks, but have you ever done a mask for your feet?
In case you haven’t noticed, foot peeling masks have been a hot beauty trend for some years now for two reasons:
- They’re cheaper than a salon foot spa treatment
- They actually work!
So if you can’t stand your feet getting scrubbed, or have that strange, yet common obsession with peeling stuff, a monthly foot mask would do you good. And if you take care of your feet in between masks, you won’t need to do them as often!
If you don’t have any on hand, Pretty Me has a few foot treatment products that are affordable and totally effective. You can also purchase the Baby Foot Peeling Mask and the Butterfly Japan Foot Mask Peel on our official Lazada store.
4. Moisturize and wear socks overnight
Skin cells do a lot of work when you’re asleep, regenerating and repairing, which is why it’s so important that you have a nightly beauty routine, not just for your face but also for the rest of your body, including your feet. A hassle-free way to soften rough skin, socks trap moisture, and moisturizing before putting socks on allows for deeper hydration, beyond the surface level.
Remember that you don’t have to stick with just regular lotion to moisturize your feet. In fact, natural ingredients like olive, coconut or jojoba oil are powerful enough on their own and way more effective than many creams and lotions on the market. Just massage your oil of choice onto your feet, leave socks on overnight, then rinse off the oil in the morning. Say goodbye to rough feet!
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.