Between washing dishes, cleaning with harsh chemicals, walking in heels and romping around without arch supports, our hands and feet take quite a beating from day to day activities.
Next time you wear designer sandals, wouldn’t it be nice to pair them with smooth, callous-free toes and feet? And the next time you hold hands with your honey, shouldn’t your hands be so smooth and supple they won’t want to let go? We certainly think so!
Below are helpful tips to gradually soften rough skin that builds on our hands and feet. The most effective method for you will depend on the degree of your dry skin and callous build up. Regular barefoot beach runners and guitar players may need to focus on exfoliating away rough calluses while others may just need to moisturize more regularly. Pick a method that works best for you and look forward to smooth, supple hands and feet.
- Apply a thick coat of moisturizer to your hands before bed and don’t rub lotion in completely. Put cotton gloves on over moisturizer and go to bed. In the morning, remove gloves and repeat process several times throughout the week until your hands are rid of rough textures.
- Purchase a pumice stone at a drug store and gently exfoliate the bottoms of your feet after they’ve soaked in the shower or bathtub for a few minutes. Repeat process every couple of days until your feet feel smooth.
- Drink at least 8 8oz cups of water a day to keep skin hydrated from the inside out, and moisturize hands and feet every night.
- Apply a generous amount of cocoa butter or Vaseline to feet and put on a pair of cotton socks before bed. Let your feet absorb the moisture while you sleep and repeat process a couple times a week until your feet are soft and smooth.
- Mix 3 parts oil (baby oil or olive oil are great options) and 2 parts sugar. Wash hands, apply mixture, and lather and exfoliate for a few minutes. One the mixture is washed off, you’ll notice softer hands after just one session. Repeat process every now and then to keep hands smooth and soft.
- Chamomile contains natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents that make it a great resource for soft skin. Prepare a foot bath with warm water and a few chamomile tea bags. Let your feet soak for at least 20 minutes. Any stains left behind can be washed off with soap and water. Whether you soak feet in chamomile water, Epsom salt, an oatmeal bath or plain old honey and water, a home remedy foot soak improves circulation and softens the skin, so it’s a great idea to make it a weekly routine.
- Mashed bananas aren’t reserved for cartoon appearances and toddler food anymore. Concoct a paste of mashed banana and honey and apply a mask over dry areas of your feet and leave for at least 10 minutes. This natural remedy will help repair cracked, dry skin.