The Best Beauty Hack for Dry, Cracked Feet
The Best Beauty Hack for Dry, Cracked Feet
It is always summer or spring in some part of the world, and in rural North Carolina with all its crazy weather, we are wearing sandals probably 9 months out of the year, which means my feet are always on display. I love the soft and smooth feeling of a professional pedicure, but as a teacher, I don't have that much money to splurge on pampering. Unfortunately, I and others in my family are prone to having dry feet. It seems like no matter how much lotion you put on, they are flaky and scaly and even grey in a few hours’ time. Some people I know even get deep cracks and grooves in their heels and along the side of their big toes. Needless to say, my feet are not pretty if I do not keep up with them. Below is something I discovered randomly as an expectant mother, and leaves your feet looking like you are fresh out of the salon for the entire day.
A Beauty Hack Discovered by Accident
As a pregnant woman with a huge belly who was normally a size 0-2, I was highly worried about stretch marks. Even though a lot of being prone to stretch marks has to do with genetics, the fact that I carried an almost 9 pound baby in my tiny frame did not help. I gained 30 pounds over the course of my pregnancy and with each added pound, I was worried I would never be able to wear that two-piece ever again. I began researching stretch mark creams and lotions. All of the ones I found contained chemicals that I would not trust, or harmful parabens or phthalates. It was then that I went to my monthly visit to my massage therapist for old injuries from a car accident a decade ago. I told her of my fears as I bent over her pregnancy massage stool with my bulging 20-week belly. She was working on my neck and said, “Well, why don’t you try the oil I am using right now?”
In truth, I had always loved the way her massage oil smelled but was unaware of the ingredients. So, I told her that I like to do things as naturally as possible and that I would probably not want to use a highly processed oil on my belly. She then grabbed the bottle and read the ingredients: 100% almond oil with added fragrance.
I was ecstatic to try something so natural! I looked up benefits of almond oil online and found that it is particularly high in vitamin E and wonderful for skin elasticity and hydration. I went to find a bottle of 100% pure almond oil with no fragrance. It was not too expensive, and the best part was, even if I rubbed it all over my whole belly, it did not stain my clothes as olive oil would have, although I did make a pretty big smudge on my bed sheets because of repeated use. I got through my pregnancy with minimal stretch marks, and now I can still wear my two-piece swimsuits.
Almond Oil to the Rescue!
So, fast forward to the summer after my pregnancy. Exhausted from a newborn and unable to get regular pedicures, I became frustrated at the ugly state of my feet, but also did not want to wear closed shoes. I tried lotions and creams, until one day it occurred to me to slap some almond oil on my little piggies and my heels. The result was instantaneous. My feet looked amazing and felt even better. I admired my toes and feet throughout the day and realized that it hadn’t worn off. My feet looked as hydrated and scale-free as if I had just walked out of a professional salon pedicure.
Here is my tip for hacking your cracked and scaly feet:
Clip and paint toenails whatever color you desire, and allow to dry fully
Pour a dime-size amount of pure almond oil into your palm, lightly rub into your fingertips, and then apply to your toes and heels, or any other dry area.
Put on sandals immediately and avoid getting feet wet or washing feet
I could not find anything for the longest time to help with my cracked and scaly feet without spending $30 on a pedicure. Almond oil turned out to be the best thing I have ever done for my feet. I have not had a pedicure since October 2016, and I don’t plan on getting one any time soon, unless I want to go for the relaxing massage and treatments they do. Almond oil is something that is always in my bathroom cabinet. I don’t even close the lid because I know I am going to drop some in my palm every morning before I go out. It may seem expensive for one bottle, but I have saved so much by not going to get pedicures, and one bottle will last for years and years to come. This is a beauty hack that I wish I had known through high school and college, and has changed my summer morning routine forever. Let me know in the comments if this beauty hack worked for you!
The specific almond oil I use
This is the specific brand of almond oil I use for my feet. My bottle is all greasy and the label is half peeled off after a couple years of use! I still have 1/3 bottle left.
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