How to get rid of rough,cracked, dry skin on the feet

This easy DIY home remedy works FAST.

To get rid of calluses, bunyons, corns and dry, cracked skin on the feet, just follow these directions.

1)  You have to sand down the rough places first, while the feet are completely dry.  I actually use my Black and Decker Mouse sander for this.  Sounds weird, I know, but this thing works.  You can control the pressure and place those small tear/triangular shaped sanding pads exactly where you want them. 

You could also use a Ped Egg or a pumice stone.  Only use the pumice stone on wet skin.  But, really, the mouse sander works better and faster than these other options.

2)  Now that you've sanded the rough places down, soak your feet in a hot foot bath.  I'll usually just sit on the counter top in the kitchen and soak my feet in the kitchen sink. 

Have ready:  Baking soda.  1 wash cloth.  2 towels.  One to sit on and one to dry your feet with.  A roll of plastic wrap (like Saran Wrap).  Petroleum Jelly.  A thick pair of socks.

Run enough water, as hot as you can stand, in the sink, just enough to come up to the ankles is plenty.

Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the water.  The baking soda will act as a skin sofening agent.

With a nubby cloth wash the feet without soap.  Just go through the motions of washing your feet with the wash cloth.  This will help to further soften the skin and the hot water will prepare the skin for moisturizing.  Keep your feet in the water for at least 10 minutes.

3)  Dry the feet.  Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly.  Wrap feet in plastic wrap and put on socks. 

Do this just before bed and in the morning your feet will be super soft.

Comments 5 comments

Rikki 7 years ago

I am going to try this tonight. I have horribly dry feet-I think from wearing nothing but flip flops all the time. I have really cracked heels and the skin on the bottom of my big toe and the ball of my foot is always "shredding". Hope this works for me! How often should I do this-like once a week?

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KimmiJ 7 years ago from Earth Author

Hey Rikki, thank you for the comment. You can do this as often as you want. It works quickly, so you should see a big difference in just a day or two.


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kim 5 years ago

this works wonders

Angelina 5 years ago

Would regular sand paper work? Instead of a Ped Egg or a pumice stone?

Annabelle Tyler 3 years ago

Great tips! I find that a foot file is a nice alternative to the pumice stone. I use mine just after a shower for a quick exfoliating session. My feet are in a constant war with dry, cracked skin. The Vaseline and socks at bedtime is a huge help!

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