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Thursday, 22 December 2011

How to Get Soft Feet

For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, Summer is finally upon us. This means sandals and other open shoes, and even barefeet. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, it might be cold, but that's no excuse to forget your feet by covering them up with socks and giving them little thought. So, here are my top tips to getting soft soles!

1. Soak
The Body Shop Foot Scrub

Soaking your feet in warm water softens the skin. I tend to use my shower time as the soaking process, as realistically I don't have the time to sit and soak in a foot bath. I wish I did!

2. Exfoliate
Exfoliating with a foot scrub is the best way to exfoliate. As long as you've soaked your feet, the exfoliation will work wonders. Hint: you can use a facial exfoliator for this step instead. Once done, you can use a pumice stone to smooth out the skin and ensure no dead skin is left. Do your best to wash and dry your feet after the exfoliating stage to ensure that no product is left on your skin.

3. Moisturise
Sally Hansen

The final step is to apply a foot moisturiser. I find that the best way to do this is to do one foot at a time. Cover in moisturiser (thicker than you would on your skin) and put on a sock. This helps the moisturiser to fully enter the skin, and ensures no stains on your clothes or carpet. After 30 minutes, take off your socks. I can assure you that your feet will feel so incredibly smooth. If your feet are really dry, follow the process just before bed and leave your socks on all night. Cracked heels should follow the same process, but instead of using a moisturiser, apply a specialised product such as Sally Hansen's Overnight Heel Repair.

If you do not have the time to do this whole process and just want a quick foot softening, put on your moisturiser and some socks. The effects won't last as long without step one and two, but the temporary changes are the same. This morning I had work, so as soon as I woke up, I put the moisturiser on and some socks on top. Just as I was leaving for work, I took the socks off and threw on some sandals. Even now, hours later, my feet feel lovely!

For feet that are always smooth, you'll need to do this process regularly. Eventually you'll have soft feet all the time!

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