Ways to Remove Rough, Dry Skin for Softer Feet
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Your feet shed dead skin naturally every day, and new skin grows in place. However, if the dead skin is not removed from the feet, it will accumulate layers until it becomes thick, rough, and dry skin that sometimes cracks. But not to worry, there are ways to achieve softer feet.

Getting Softer Feet

The foot care market offers lots of products, tools, and methods to remove stubborn, rough, and dry skin from your heel, soles, and toes. Softer feet can be achieved by using the right tools and products. Here are some of our suggestions.

Professional Cleaning

Foot spa services are offered in most wellness spas, parlors, and nail salons. Where do we find these business establishments? Just about everywhere.

This is the quickest way to get softer feet when your heels are dry and cracking. Since professionals already know their way around foot files and foot soaks, you won't have to worry about figuring out how to do it right. All you have to do is relax and wait. 

Foot spa services usually come with pedicure services and foot massage. It costs around $60 to $115.

DIY Pedicures at Home

Deciding to do your foot spa or pedicures yourself at home has upsides and downsides. 

One downside is it could take time and be challenging to have to learn techniques and safe processes, especially if you are new to this. You will also have to buy a lot of products, tools, and maybe equipment.

But the bright side is once you get the hang of it, you can enjoy it any time you want. And since you have control over the purchases, you can get the tools and products you want instead of just settling for what is available in the salon.

Foot Soak

Since you've decided to do this at home, you will have to invest in some items and products. To give yourself a good foot soak, you will need a foot bucket. It could be a simple bucket where your feet could fit in, a foot-soaking bucket with reflexology soles you can push your feet against while soaking, or one of those electric ones with moving massagers, water jets, and heaters.

You will also need a foot soak product, which is usually mixed with the water you soak your feet in. These usually come in pouches of Epsom salt or bottles of liquid wash. If you are looking for the latter, try Foot Spa's Foot Soak, which has peppermint oil and eucalyptus for a therapeutic soak. This soothing sulfate-free product is formulated to cleanse, refresh, and soften your overworked feet.

Pumice Stones and Foot Files

After softening your skin via foot soak, you can polish off the dry skin using pumice stones and foot files. These are usually attached to a handle and sold in the beauty corners of department stores.

If you wish to get electric foot files, we suggest Amope's Pedi Perfect. This tool is AA battery-powered and has replaceable rotating diamond files to give you that quick buff in no time. It works on wet and dry feet.

Lotions and Creams

The easiest way to soften feet requires no skill or equipment -- applying lotions and creams. But remember to look for products that are made especially for feet because the skin on your feet is thicker and requires a formulation that could penetrate stubborn and multiple layers of dead skin.

Profoot's Heel Rescue Foot Cream is a concentrated moisturizing product that can seep through thick, dry skin. When your feet are softer, maintain using a gentler foot lotion like Freeman's Bare Foot Hydrating Foot Lotion.

Remove Rough, Dry Skin

Your feet will continuously shed dead skin. It is up to you to maintain the system by removing dead skin and giving your feet a boost of hydration regularly. Foot care is not a one-shot move. It might take several days or weeks to reach your foot care goals, but time is needed for your feet to heal and rehydrate.