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5 Tips For Soft Feet

Updated on July 23, 2010

It's flip-flop time again ladies and we need to get our feet ready. Callused, cracked, or scaly feet in a pair of beautiful sandals or cute flip-flops are not attractive. It ruins the whole look. I am in no way an expert on feet. I just know what has worked well for me and wanted to share the information. I have learned there are inexpensive ways to prepare your feet for spring and summer footwear without having to spend oodles of money. I have listed 5 tips that I think can get you on your way to pretty feet.

1. Do not walk around barefoot. Walking barefoot can not only lead to fallen arches over time, it can also make the bottom of your feet hard and rough. Walking barefoot occasionally is fine but when you constantly walk without anything protecting your feet, it takes some of the moisture out and leads to dry, cracked heels and toes. It is best to always keep something on your feet whether it be shoes, slippers, or socks. I like to wear the fuzzy socks in the winter and ankle socks in the summer. The fuzzy socks not only protect my feet but keep them all warm and toasty in the winter.

2. Soak feet at least once a week. Soaking your feet will definitely make your feet feel and look softer but this is also extremely relaxing. When you have been on your feet all day and your feet are screaming at you for a little TLC, put your feet into a warm, silky, pleasant smelling water foot bath and it will do wonders for your mind and your feet. Your stress level will go way down and you will feel yourself starting to relax with the worries of the day far behind. It's wonderful, for awhile, until you take them out and reality sets in again. But it is nice for awhile anyway. There is a variety of foot soaks that you can buy or you could make one of your own. One of my favorite is the honey-milk soak. It moisturizes well and feels awesome! All you need for this is 6 or 7 cups of warm or hot water, but not scalding hot, 2 cups of milk and about 1 cup of honey. Mix this all together and soak feet for about 15 minutes. After you are done soaking, rinse and dry your feet well.

3. Exfoliate after your shower or bath. Keep a pumice stone or some type of heel scrub exfoliate near your shower or bath. After bathing, use this to slough off the dry, dead skin from the bottom of your feet paying close attention to the heel, ball and toes. There is a variety of heel scrub brands that you can choose from or you could make one of your own. I have made one that consist of 1 cup of lotion and 1/2 cup of sand. You could also add a few drops of essential oil to this mixture for a pleasant smell. Mix these ingredients together and rub into feet.

4. Moisturize. This is important. After you exfoliate, you will need to put moisture back into your feet. Take a foot creme of your choice and gently massage in, allowing it to penetrate the skin. Once a week, after you have applied the foot creme, take a thick layer of Vaseline and apply to bottom of your feet. Put on a pair of cotton socks and leave on all night. When you wake the next morning, wash off with soap and pat dry, making sure you dry them completely.

5. After you have done all this, it's now time to work on those toenails. Clip nails and push back the cuticles. Apply a pretty nail polish or use a clear one. Let this dry and reapply a small amount of foot creme so that they look soft and freshly moisturized.

Now, find your favorite pair of flip-flops or sandals, slide those pretty feet in, and go show them off!

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    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      4 years ago from Mississippi

      Mine could use a little attention right now also lol. Thanks for your comment :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Boy, do my feet need work. Great tips. Thanks!

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      4 years ago from Mississippi

      FlourishAnyway

      You are welcome. Glad you found it useful! :) thanks for reading! :)

      Au fait

      yes, we really do need to take care of them since we depend on them so much lol :) thanks so much for your comment! :)

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Good advice for great looking happy feet! It makes sense to take good care of our feet even if we don't wear sandals because we depend on them. Voted up!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      I need to put these into practice. Thanks for the reminders.

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      4 years ago from Mississippi

      Lol, I have way too many shoes too. And I am always seeing others that I want although I do not know where I would put them lol....thanks so much for your comment! :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      I really should put these tips into practice. I'm barefooted 90% of the time. Although I have about 60 pairs of boots, shoes, and sandals, I prefer bare feet. And it show, trust me!

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      4 years ago from Mississippi

      Yes, Spring is near thank goodness. Tired of the cold lol....thanks so much for your comment! :)

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      Elena 

      4 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks. Spring is round the corner. I need to start paying more attention to my feet.....no more winter boots. :-)

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      4 years ago from Mississippi

      Minnetonka Twin

      I like to experiment and see what I can come up with. Thanks so much for reading and your comment! :)

    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      What a wonderful hub with great ideas. I love that you make your own products for your foot care. Thanks for the great information.

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      5 years ago from Mississippi

      Tonipet

      I'm so glad you found this information helpful :) As women, we like to have soft feet...especially when showing them off in sandals lol. Thanks so much for reading! :)

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      5 years ago from The City of Generals

      I've enjoyed reading the tips.... got some ideas that I could add to my sexy little things, lol. Thank you, rls. Another useful hub. Wishes of loveliness all the time :=)-Tonette

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      6 years ago from Mississippi

      Elizabeth

      Thank you so much for your comment and kind words. I'm glad you found it useful and hope it helps you :)

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      Elizabeth 

      6 years ago

      Defiantly bookmarked this, you made it so easy I understand all the requirements

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      6 years ago from Mississippi

      Thank you tillsontitan for the nice comment. These tips have helped me and I'm glad you find them useful. Thanks so much for reading! :)

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      It's always good to get useful information and this hub is full of it. As you stated with warm weather coming and our feet being uncovered there is no better time then now to get them ready. Voted up and useful.

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      loveforlife 

      7 years ago

      Good ,easy to follow tips. Thanks for sharing:)

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      bushraismail 

      8 years ago from ASIA

      very useful and easy to follow advices. thanx again. i have written a some what similar hub called soft feet. hope u will comment on mine too. i accept criticism too

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      Thank you Eddy for the nice comment. Glad you liked it and maybe found it useful!

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      Eddy2106 

      8 years ago from Chicago Suburb, IL

      Ya barefoot around the house isn't the greatest thing, and the moisturize part is something i havn't done since i was a child. Great hub, i'll keep this tips in mind next time i get out of the shower.

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      Thanks so much James! I agree with you, I too believe men can benefit from this article. Those cracks that are in the heels can sometimes lead to infection, not to mention the pain associated with it. Thanks so much for your comment and nice to see you again!

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      This advice is not only good for ladies. Men really need to take care of their neglected feet, especially as they age and can develop cracks in their heels. Thanks for a nice article. :-)

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      Cheeky Girl

      Thanks for the nice comment! These tips have always seem to help me. I'm glad you like them!

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      Cassandra Mantis 

      8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Wow, great tips here! Cheers for this!

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      billyaustindillon

      Don't be sad. It's not too late! You can have soft feet too!!

    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      A great hub but I think soft feet might have passed me by :(

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      Thank you so much Cari. I am glad that you can use these tips. They really have worked well for me. Appreciate the nice comment!

    • Cari Jean profile image

      Cari Jean 

      8 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      These are great tips - I too go barefoot a lot and can prove it by my severely cracked, dry heels. I am going to try these tips cause my feet need some major help!

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      Thank you habee. Glad you could use them!

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Great tips I can use - I go barefoot a lot!

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      Thank you Quill for the comment and I am sure this would work for men as well, just might have to put a little more work into it!

      Wesley, thanks so much for your comment! Yes, us girls do like to have smooth feet. Rough feet is not attractive!

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      wesleycox 

      8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Gotta have smooth soft feet if you're a lady. Us guys just don't really pay attention. Great article.

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      "Quill" 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the Hub and will pass it along to those with better looking feet than mine... smiles...

      Blessings

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