Do your heels feel like sandpaper when you rub your hand over them? My feet are awful, and I would be so embarrassed to go to the nail salon. I also feel sorry for my massage therapist too. She massages my feet, and it didn’t dawn on me how dry that they are at the moment. Ekk! I am so glad that I received an Oak Leaf Pedicure Foot File & Callus Remover in my stocking for Christmas. I had been eyeing one for a very long time, and Santa delivered. Today, I wanted to share with you these 6 fail-proof ways to transform your dry, cracked feet this winter.
Disclosure: I received an Oak Leaf Pedicure foot files & callus remover for free in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
Keep Your Feet Clean
It is important to keep your feet clean and healthy. When you have unhealthy feet, you are at risk for developing fungal or bacterial infections due to the increased risks of cracks or fissures in the skin. Clean your feet with soap and water at least once a day. After you wash your feet, make sure that you thoroughly dry your feet. Fungus loves to breed in warm, moist environments.
Look for Potential Problems with Your Feet
It is wise to look for potential problems with your feet at least once a week. Do seek appropriate medical advice as appropriate. Your feet often take a beating and are subject to the following problems such:
- ingrown toe nails
- nail fungus,
- fissures from dry, cracked feet or breaks in the skin
- athlete’s foot
- hammer toe
- planter fasciitis
- heel spurs
- claw toes
- mallet toes
- and more
DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe
I love using my DIY sugar scrub on my entire body; however, I notice that when I use it regularly on my feet that they aren’t as dry. It has been several
weeks months since I have used my sugar scrub on my feet. I wanted to share with you the recipe so that you can make your own sugar scrub. In my recipe, I use a non-scented coconut oil. Coconut oil is a natural way to moisturize your skin. Plus, there have been claims that it contains antifungal and anti-bacterial properties too.
You will need the following ingredients to make your own sugar scrub recipe:
- sugar (I use regular sugar)
- essential oil (I like lemon because it helps with healing my skin and it smells refreshing)
- food coloring (optional)
- coconut oil
- jar or plastic container with an air tight lid to store your sugar scrub in.
In a mixing bowl, add a cup of coconut oil and one cup of sugar. I add a bit more sugar to mine so that it is very coarse. Add several drops of food coloring and 10 to 20 drops of essential oil. Start with ten at first and add more depending on the essential oil that you choose to use in your sugar scrub. Then stir until it is evenly mixed. Scoop into your jar or plastic container. Use the sugar scrub a few times a week on your dry, cracked feet.
Use Moisturizer on Your Feet
After you get out of the bathtub, apply a thick moisturizer such as Eucerin or Vaseline to your feet generously. Then cover your feet with socks. I typically do this at nighttime and remove my socks the next morning. My feet are always super soft. You can also use coconut oil too.
Skip Getting A Pedicure at the Nail Salon
You should exercise extreme caution when going to get a pedicure at a spa. Getting a pedicure comes with its own health risks including fungus, bacteria, or warts. Some of the salons don’t always follow proper procedures when it comes to sterilizing their tools or cleaning the foot bath area. Skip the salon if you have any open wounds or you have shaved in the last 48 hours, because you increase your risk of contracting an infection.
Use an Oak Leaf Pedicure Foot File & Callus Remover on Your Feet
I have used a pumice stone for a long time on my dry, cracked feet. Now that I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, it is more prevalent in my smaller joints including my back, and gripping the pumice stone was difficult. Plus, I didn’t think it was working very well on my dry, cracked feet.
I decided to give Oak Leaf pedicure foot file and callus remover a try on my awful feet. It is super easy to use, and it didn’t make my hands hurt either. Simply turn on the foot file and gently rub it across your dry, cracked feet. I tested the foot file after putting water on my feet for a minute and dry to see the difference in how it worked on my feet. I preferred the dry method because I was able to see the dry skin being filed down. I have only used this tool twice since I got it on Christmas morning. My dry, cracked feet already look so much better. You can purchase the Oak Leaf pedicure foot file at Walmart.