Say goodbye to dry, cracked feet and hello to baby soft toes.
As the summer months approach, we’re getting ready to pull out our favorite flowy dresses and beach essentials. When you go on vacation, you may be trying to find the best resort clothes to pack or buy new shoes. That said, there’s one thing we fear when we get ready for summer: having to deal with the crunchy, dry heels and feet that winter has kindly given us.
It’s okay if you’re wearing cozy socks and boots all season, but when it’s time to break out the strappy sandals or comfy flip flops, dry feet aren’t exactly pretty to look at – not to mention the can be painful to have cracked, tight skin! Sure, you can apply lotion every night before you shower, but sometimes that isn’t enough.
If you take the time to properly exfoliate, hydrate and care for your feet, you can easily keep them soft and smooth all season long. It will take a few days for them to really be in top shape, but you can easily do it at home with the right products. Go ahead and schedule an evening to give yourself a full pedicure at home — or splurge and go to a salon. Here’s what we recommend for getting (and maintaining!) sandal-ready feet for summer.
How to do a DIY pedicure at home?
Step 1: Exfoliate
The first step to getting soft, smooth feet is to remove dead, dry skin. You can do this with a physical exfoliator (such as a scrub or pumice stone) or you can use a chemical exfoliator to help remove dead skin cells more easily. Both are safe ways to soften and remove dry patches.
BabyFoot Easy Pack Deep Skin Exfoliation
The easiest way to smooth feet? An all-in-one exfoliating kit. This one from BabyFoot is arguably one of the most well-known exfoliating kits because it works overnight to remove calluses and rough patches on your feet. Simply place your feet in the included plastic socks (which are packed with a mix of plant extracts and exfoliants) and wear them for two hours. They will work their magic on your feet, eating away dead skin cells, and after a few hours all you need to do is take off the socks and wash your feet for smooth baby skin.
Dermasuri Callus Remover Foot Scrub
For an experience close to what you’d get in a nail salon, try a combination of both a chemical and physical exfoliator. This set comes with a spray-on callus remover and a foot file, which you use together to scrub away dry skin. After a bath or shower, spray the solution on your feet and let the skin soften for a few minutes. Then, gently rub the file on any areas you want to soften (such as your heels and balls of your feet). You will see bits of skin start to rub off, which is gross, but it means the system is working. Then simply rinse your feet and follow up with a moisturizer.
PoshPeel Pedi Cure Foot Treatment Peel
If you’re willing to put in a little extra time and effort, this peeling foot treatment will work after a few uses. Similar to the BabyFoot treatment, this PoshPeel kit comes with a pair of plastic socks that you will wear to soften and dissolve the dead skin cells. However, the PoshPeel System helps your skin shed slowly rather than removing it immediately. If you find you have sensitive skin or don’t mind waiting a few days, this is a great option for soothing the skin. Be warned – in the next three to five days, your feet will begin to shed as the dead skin falls off. But don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal — and new, softer skin awaits underneath.
Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Body Scrub
A gritty physical exfoliator can also help remove dry or rough patches. Small particles rub off dead skin, revealing softer skin underneath. We love this formula from Indie Lee because it’s made with natural ingredients and smells like a piña colada. You can even use this scrub on all parts of your body, not just your feet, for smooth skin all over.
Chances are you already have a pumice stone at home, but are you using it correctly? To clear dry skin with a pumice stone, it is important to apply very little pressure, which may seem counterintuitive. Pressing too hard with the stone can actually irritate your skin, but using light, circular motions gently removes the top layer of skin to reveal the smooth stuff underneath.
Step 2: Hydrate
Now that you’ve got all the hard skin off your feet, it’s time to make sure they stay nice and hydrated. You can use just about any lotion on your feet, but thick and creamy formulas stay on your skin longer and deliver an intense dose of moisture. If your skin is really dry, you can put on a pair of socks after hydrating to help your feet absorb the product you’re using.
If you don’t mind doing this in two steps, soak your feet in warm water and some Epsom salt before applying your lotion or cream. When you take your feet out of the bath, apply the moisturizer before drying your feet completely, as the water only aids in the hydration process.
Eu Genia Shea Butter
Shea butter has been used for centuries to keep skin soft and glowing. This formula keeps it simple and contains only shea butter and essential oils. By massaging this luxurious cream into your feet every night, your heels will not dry out so quickly and it will feel great.
Girlfriend Collective Crew Sock
Block out moisture with a pair of cozy socks. Any old couple will do, but this smiling set from Girlfriend Collective is adorable and made from recycled materials. Talk about happy feet.
Conair Foot Spa
For a true spa experience, a foot bath is a necessary accessory. This one from Conair not only heats the water for you, but also has massage rollers that you can swipe your feet over to relieve muscle tension. It even includes a nail brush and pumice stone to keep your feet clean and soft.
Epsom Salt Foot Soak
Adding some Epsom salt to a foot bath smells great, and it’s yet another way to relieve muscle tension after a long day. This one is infused with peppermint essential oil that smells great and has a cooling effect. The formula also contains baking soda, which is known to help reduce foot odor.
Step 3: Maintain
When all the hard work is done, you can enjoy the beauty of your feet (never thought you would, did you?). Maintaining a regular moisturizing routine is great, but it’s important to remember to rest and take care of your feet. Wearing comfortable shoes, elevating your feet and treating yourself to a pedicure every now and then will keep your feet feeling and looking their best.
Olive and June Spring Set
Add a little color to your toes! There’s nothing wrong with going without nail polish, but it’s fun to paint them if you have the chance. This set from Olive and June is full of beautiful spring and summer colors, but the neutral tones can be used all year round.
OOFOS Ooahh Slide Sandal
You will feel like you are walking on a cloud in these soft slides. They are made of a dense foam that molds to your foot and reduces stress on your joints. They absorb 37 percent more impact than traditional footwear and are machine washable. Does it get much better than that?
Olive and June Pedi System
For a one-time kit that you can use to keep your feet soft and supple, opt for this one from Olive and June. It comes with nail polish, brushes, nail polish remover, nail clippers, toe separators, a raised platform for your foot and more to keep your feet looking great all year round.