Often our dry feet will send us messages of discomfort, which will require our undivided attention. There are many ways to address that attention but for many, all it needs is to simply exfoliate your feet. The term exfoliating means the removal of dead skin cells. The oldest dead skin cells will hang on your feet and create a sensation of itchiness and can irritate your feet when it is not taken care of.
In order to avoid unnecessary cost from a pedicure that may or may not solve the issue, it is important and useful to know how to exfoliate your feet and feel great after. Exfoliating your feet may give you a great comfortable feeling after and may require a few steps to get it done. Once you know how to set up the exfoliation session for your feet, then it will be very easy and you may want to experiment by adding scents and variations to it.
What’s involved in exfoliating your feet?
When you exfoliate your feet, there are two ways to accomplish this. You can exfoliate your feet mechanically or with chemicals. There are no set advantage on whether one is better than the other. They both work great and the result is the same. Chemicals may be more expensive, due to cost reasons.
Exfoliating Your Feet Mechanically
Exfoliating your feet mechanically will encompass the use of scrubbers to remove the dead skin. There are many types of mechanical exfoliates like a foot file or foot rasp, pumice, microfiber cloth, adhesive exfoliation sheets, micro-bead facial scrubs, crepe paper, crushed apricot kernel or almond shells, sugar or salt crystals, sponges, loofahs, brushes, and simply fingernails. We particularly like pumice but with pumice, you have to be careful so the exfoliates doesn’t have too much pumice in it. Pumice is a lava rock consists of highly vesicular rough textured volcanic glass, which may or may not contain crystals. Pumice is considered a good material to exfoliate the skin for your feet.
Microdermabrasion is another mechanical method of exfoliation. Exfoliating Your Feet with Chemicals Exfoliating your feet with chemicals may cost more and may also cause skin reaction. You should always exercise caution if are to use chemicals when exfoliating your feet with chemicals.
When you exfoliate your feet with chemicals, some of them will have scrubs containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, fruit enzymes, citric acid, or malic acid. They can be applied in a higher concentration by a doctor or podiatrist. If you opt for a lower concentration, over-the-counter products are available which you can use yourself.
Many chemicals involved in feet exfoliation will have a chemical called alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), or enzymes. The role of these chemicals will be to loosen the glue-like substance that holds the dead skin cells together. With these chemicals, the cells break off and come off your skin. How to Exfoliate your Feet at Home Exfoliating your feet at home will save many dollars from a regular pedicure. Now we are not saying that you shouldn’t treat yourself with a pedicure, once in a while but treating your feet in the comfort of your home may prove to be better in the long run.
Scrubbing the Dead Skin Off Your Feet
The initial step when exfoliating your feet is to remove the calluses and the dry skin from your feet. There are many tools available to accomplish this. Depending on the amount of dry skin and calluses on your feet, as well as the thickness, you may want to get your self the proper foot files or foot rasp. Each have different level of grate and sharpness. You can use also emery boards, but again it depends on your feet’s condition.
When removing the dead skin layer, simply use a medium to light pressure back and forth. If your foot file is sharp, it will take the dry skin very easily. In this step of the process, be very careful so you are not removing or taking the live skin. It will result in possible injuries or tender feet. This step in exfoliating your feet should always be the initial one. Some have a preference of soaking their feet for ten to fifteen minutes but we recommend removing the dead skin beofre soaking your feet for better results.
Soaking Your Feet in Bath Water
The next step in exfoliating your feet is to simply soak your feet from 5 to 10 minutes in warm water. Simply get a small tub big enough to place both feet in and place a towel under to avoid any water spills on your floor. In this part of the exfoliation, you can add salt or any other products that will invigorate your skin and eliminate the bacteria’s. They can be also scented depending on your options. You can find some great salt and exfoliation products for your feet, right here!
Applying the Exfoliation Cream
Next, is the f and un part of the exfoliation process. Remove one foot out of the bath water and rub gently an exfoliation cream of your choice. Here at Foot Revitalize, we have a vast selection of exfoliation cream for your feet. You may have a product in mind already but we can recommend you these following exfoliation foot cream to ease your decision process. They are: Baby Foot Deep Exfoliation, Kerasal Exfoliating Moisturizing Foot Ointment, KAMEA G Exfoliating Foot Care Cream and the Kerasal Intensive Foot Repair. You want the right balance of not paying a fortune but still be efficient.
You can apply it with a sponge, soft cloth, pumice stone in order to reduce the possibility of calluses re-occurring. The exfoliating cream for your feet will have the duty of improving the circulation in your feet, stimulate the lymph flow, the removal of dead skin cells, and soften the new skin layer. You should concentrate this step on applying it in the dry skin areas. You can apply it to the rest of your feet too, but caution should be exercised when applying to the top of the foot.
Once a foot is complete place it back in the bath water to rinse the cream off and repeat the step to your other foot. When both feet are done and rinsed, then you can dry them gently with a warm towel. The warm towel effect will sooth you and your feet. We recommend wrapping them for five minutes.
When your feet are dry you can apply a lotion to moisturize the skin of your feet. It is important to apply a cream that will penetrate the skin, and keep your feet soft and moist. Also try a cream that will have minerals and vitamins to maximize the effect on your feet while providing crucial nutrients for your skin.
Feeling Great After Your Feet Exfoliation
There is no doubt you will feel great after your feet’s exfoliation. It is important to have this exfoliate your feet in a relaxing manner and rush into it. Exfoliating your feet should be relaxing. Make the environment relaxing with candles and scents if you wish to really set the atmosphere.