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Benefits of Scrubbing your Feet Before a Self-Pedicure

Updated on March 30, 2013
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Your feet take a beating every day. With different shoes worn on a daily basis, your feet become callused and hard. Not only is it good for your feet, it's relaxing for you. In addition, scrubbing your feet before a self-pedicure will actually help your pedicure to look better.

Softening Skin and Removing Calluses

Scrubbing your feet before a self-pedicure will soften your skin and remove any hard or callused skin around your feet. If calluses or corns on your feet get too thick, they can crack and cause pain. By scrubbing your feet before your self-pedicure, you may be saving yourself pain and irritation in the future.

That being said, also take care when removing calluses or extra tough skin on your feet. The tough skin is there for a reason. These are areas where your feet rub most and need the most protection, so you don't want to completely eliminate tough skin. If you skin turns bright red, you've scrubbed too hard.

Scrub to Improve Self-Pedicure Results

Scrubbing your feet will soften and smooth the skin, giving them a more even skin tone and improve the look of your feet. It will also remove any dry skin or flakes around the nails, so when you paint your nails, the polish will brush on cleanly.

If you have smooth, radiant, even-toned skin, your pedicure will look even better. Even if you have a beautiful pedicure, if you don't scrub your feet, people might notice that dry, possibly cracked skin. If you are going to slip into a fancy pair of shoes, you want your feet looking their absolute best to really show them off.

Scrub for Beautiful Skin

Frequent exfoliation is one of the best secrets for maintaining youthful, beautiful-looking skin. This is true for your feet as well. If you scrub your feet before a self-pedicure once a week, guaranteed that you will see a difference in your skin.

In order to have a beautiful pedicure, you need to have beautiful skin and beautiful skin starts with frequent exfoliation.

How to Scrub Your Feet

You can use a pumice stone or a foot scrub to scrub your feet before a pedicure. You can even make your own homemade foot scrubs.

Soak your feet in warm water for at least 5 minutes. You can dissolve some Epsom salt in your foot bath if you choose. The Epsom salt will soothe your skin and it can also relives aches, pains and inflammation, which is an extra bonus if you've had a long day or if you spend a lot of time on your feet.

You may also want to add milk to your foot bath. The lactic acid in milk will help dissolve dead skin cells, as well as nourish your skin, leaving it soft and smooth.

After soaking, scrub with a pumice stone, foot file or foot scrub. Again, don't be too rough on your feet, but take your time and be thorough.

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      Kara Skinner 

      15 months ago from Maine

      This was really informative. I had no idea calluses could cause irritation and pain when they get too thick. I'll have to scrub my feet more. Thanks!

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