Dry, cracked feet are never sexy. While this tends to be a summer hazard, it can happen all year-round. If you can’t afford a pedicure, get rid of dry heel syndrome with this 5-step process I cobbled together and use myself from time-to-time.
You can skip parts of this process if you choose. If you continue to wear the foot mask every night for a week, your problems should be solved.
What You Need
- 1 cup milk
- Sugar or salt (either will work)
- Baby oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil
- Pumice stone
- Stridex, found in the acne section of any drugstore
- Thick moisturizer or a salicylic acid cream
Time Required: 15 minutes
- Soak feet for 5-10 minutes in a warm foot bath made with 1 cup milk and 5 cups warm water.
- Create a homemade foot scrub by putting 4 tablespoons salt or sugar in 1/2 cup oil. Baby oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil or even vegetable oil works well.
- Massage the homemade foot scrub in a circular motion into bottoms of feet.
- Scrub bottoms of feet with the pumice stone. Rinse and dry feet.
- Before you go to bed that night, try this tip from beauty guru Paula Begoun: rub a Stridex pad over dry areas of feet. Stridex, a product found in the acne section of any drugstore, contains 2 percent salicylic acid so it’s a great exfoliant for the feet.
- Apply moisturizer thickly on feet (do not wash off Stridex). A super-rich moisturizer like cocoa butter, Eucerin (my favorite) or even Vaseline works best.For even better results, apply a thin layer of Keralyt Gel, an OTC salicylic acid, on your feet along with a dollop of Vaseline.
- Pull on socks and keep them on throughout the night for at least 4 hours.