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Footcare 101: How to get Dead Skin off Your Feet


Looking to learn how to get dead skin off your feet? Or the best ways to get rid of dry feet from those dead skin cells resting on your heels? Our feet take us through our day and receive so much abuse with very little TLC. Lucky for you, there are powerful methods for effectively removing dead skin. 

Learn the importance of removing dead skin, either with a foot file, soaking, or any means necessary. And make sure to follow-up on each of these methods with a generous amount of foot cream to seal the deal on your hard work. If your feet could speak, they would thank you!

Give Your Feet A Good Foot Soak

A very effective way to rejuvenate your feet and help break down those dead skin cells is with a relaxing foot soak. Use warm water so it can seep into those cracks and help soften dead skin. The effect is even stronger once you add skin-softening agents such as coconut oil. 

Using Lemon Juice to Break Down Dead Skin

You can’t have the best pedi without incorporating high amounts of citric acid to really breakdown calluses and dead skin patches. Lemons are perfect as they contain potassium, which will help moisturize the dry skin. If your local nail shop doesn’t use lemons, this is a step you can easily do at home. 

The best way to remove the dead skin with lemons is by mixing two parts of lemon juice and one part sugar. Next, scrub the mixture onto the rough patches. Allow your feet to soak in the juices for a minute or two then rinse with warm water. 

Buff Problem Areas Using Pumice Stone

Don’t have a pedicure foot file? Pumice stones are very popular for foot care and for scrubbing away dead skin. They’re made of small pieces of porous, volcanic rock that are great for buffing without damaging the skin. Just be sure that you are safely scrubbing and properly maintaining your pumice stones

Add Vinegar To Clear Dry Patches

Vinegar is a natural product to treat ailments such as dry skin. Using vinegar as a foot soak is a tried and true method to eliminate foot dryness. You can soak your feet in an equal part vinegar and water solution (we recommend apple cider vinegar). 

After soaking for 15 minutes, rinse your feet with warm water. Applying the vinegar directly to your skin with a cotton ball can eliminate thick calluses. Cover your feet with a bandage overnight to really help. 

Avoid having the vinegar touch your surrounding skin since the natural acid can be very irritating. 

Use a Hydrating Foot Scrub to Exfoliate

If you want to gently buff away rough, dead skin cells, using foot scrubs is the way to go. But not all scrubs are made the same. Those with nourishing, moisturizing ingredients like certain oils, fruit, and spices work the best!

Using Paraffin Wax Treatments to Soften Your Feet

A miracle softener that is sure to remove dry skin is Paraffin wax. Its intense moisturizing properties can soothe and soften dead skin cells better than any foot file. Once you slide your feet into warm, melted Parrafin wax, the natural emollients will open your skin pores and moisturize the skin. 

Once you pull the cooled wax off, those nasty dead skin cells pull away with it. You should be able to request parrafin wax treatments at your local spa.

Using Glycerin to Melt Away Dry Skin

Glycerin is widely used in pharmaceutical products for its great ability to moisturize. You can find sugar alcohol, or glycerin, in shaving cream, toothpaste, and hair products. It’s also added to lotions and soaps for its powerful moisturizing properties. 

Use glycerin to help remove dead skin from your feet by applying the product to the dry patches of skin. Leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes then rinse your feet with warm water. You’ll be amazed by how much better your feet will look and feel!

Crushed Banana Can Nourish Your Feet Too

We now know that potassium is great for hydrating dry, cracked skin and bananas have plenty of it. For the most effective banana treatment, crush an overripe banana into a paste then apply it to your feet. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes and then rinse your feet with warm water — viola! 

Using Aspirin to Alleviate Dry Feet

You don’t have to only use aspirin for your headaches, it’s also a great way to break down dead skin and calluses. Crush five or six aspirin tablets into powder and mix with a half-teaspoon of lemon juice and one-fourth teaspoon of water. Spread the paste onto the affected areas of your skin and use a plastic nag to cover the area for 10 minutes. 

Once you remove the coverings and rinse your feet with warm water, you’ll immediately notice the difference!

Adding Foot Cream or Foot Peels

There are plenty of useful foot creams on the market that can help you get rid of dead skin cells. Look for products using lactic acid mixed with potassium, ammonium hydroxide, and sodium lactate. This powerful combination breaks through dry skin and leaves you with soft, supple skin. 

Bottom Line

Let’s face it: dead skin can appear on your feet for plenty of reasons from wearing the wrong shoes to spending too much time standing. But whenever you experience having dry, itchy feet, remember these many solutions before losing hope.

And if you’re looking for more solutions to removing dead skin, have a look at our inventory of foot care products!


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