If the surf, sun, and sand this summer have left your poor tired feet feeling rough and in need of some care, then you’re probably making an appointment at your local spa as you read this. While a salon pedicure is always a great idea (not to mention fantastic feeling), there are also more affordable ways to recover your tender toes at home:
1) Exfoliate: Exfoliating isn’t exclusively for the skin on your face- it’s a good idea to exfoliate the rest of your body as well. If callused and toughened feet are giving you a hard time (literally and figuratively!), try The Body Shop’s Peppermint Cooling Pumice Foot Scrub. Made with peppermint oil and hints of inactive volcanic rock, this scrub will leave your feet feeling refreshed.
2) Use a good quality foot care cream: Once exfoliating is out of the way, try a foot care cream to keep up that incredible feeling of softness and smooth skin. The Body Shop’s Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion moisturizes and adds a great minty scent, thanks to its menthol and peppermint formula.
3) Try a pumice stone: Using a pumice stone at home helps you put the right foot forward- even if you’ve spent the entire summer in uncomfortable sandals or too-high heels. Try Sally Beauty Supply’s Mr. Pumice Lil’ Pumi Pumice Bar, a mini version of their spa-quality bestseller (available online at sallybeauty.com).
4) Give yourself a foot massage: Take ten minutes out of your busy schedule and give yourself a much-needed foot rub at home. Start off with a foot bath, and then use an essential body oil to massage the top and bottom of each foot. Be sure to apply extra pressure around the heel, or anywhere else where you can see dry and calloused skin (try Crabtree and Evelyn’s Jojoba Oil Conditioning Bath and Massage Oil).
5) Soak your feet in baking soda: As a kitchen essential, baking soda has been used for practically everything! Combine a couple tablespoons of the at-home magic ingredient with warm water, and then prepare a foot soak for yourself. Be prepared to watch your dry skin become smooth, and your toes to feel renewed again!
Related: How To Do A Great At-Home Pedicure