Hi guys! Jane here. Philip’s been blogging a lot so today it’s my turn to share how to make your feet soft and smooth at home.
If you go on a Google search binge, there are a million things you can slather on and soak your feet in to soften them up. That even includes Listerine and rice flour. No doubt that they mostly work to a certain degree but I’ll be sharing my personal regimen with you today.
It’s very simple and it TOTALLY works. All you need is olive oil, sugar, milk, and lemon. I swear that you’ll get baby soft feet if you do this every night.
I actually learned this from a college friend when I was at her place doing some overnight studying. She had me in stitches every time she boasted how she might not look like a Ms. Universe but her feet were sure damn hot. And they were!
How to make your feet soft overnight
Step 1: Soften your feet with a foot soak
A poor foot care regimen, wintry weather, harsh soaps, and poor nutrition can make your feet dry, hard, or even cracked. The latter is very painful and you can avoid cracked heels or just plain ugly feet by making sure that they are clean and soft.
To do this, the first step is to set up a simple foot soak.
- Find a basin that can fit both your feet. Fill it halfway with water.
- Add milk and olive oil. Mix well.
- Soak your feet in the water for 10-15 minutes. The milk and olive oil will work their magic in softening your hard and rough skin.
Step 2: Exfoliate with a foot scrub
Exfoliating means getting rid of our old and dead skin cells so that the newer and more radiant skin can be exposed. We’re going to do this with the help of a foot scrub.
You can buy a foot scrub pre-made or you can whip up your own. To make your own, simply mix the following in a jar: 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
Now let’s continue where we left off earlier…
- After soaking your feet in for 10 minutes, scoop out some of your foot scrub.
- Massage the granules onto the surfaces of your foot. Focus on scrubbing away at the parts of the feet where the skin is thickest and dryest. You’ll feel your dead skin sloughing away from the combination of the soaking and the exfoliating.
- Optional: If your feet are way too calloused or rough, use a pumice stone.
- Exfoliate for 5 minutes and then rinse. Be careful not to overdo it or you might accidentally break your skin.
- Do the other foot next.
This foot scrub is a great combo because the sugar helps to scrub away dead skin, the olive oil moisturizes, and the citric acid from the lemons also adds to the exfoliating effect. And not to mention it smells great!
Step 3: Moisturize
After the foot soak, pat your feet dry. But not too dry! I like my skin to be slightly moist when I do the next step — moisturizing.
I normally use Vaseline. I just liberally slather it on both my feet and do a massage in the process. (If you don’t have Vaseline, experiment with lotion, essential oils, and other moisturizers and see what works best for you.)
I normally do all of above steps before I sleep because — and this next step is a crucial point of this regimen — I put on socks right after. I leave my moisturized little footsies in their cozy warm socks and the next day, when I take off my socks, VOILA! Super smooth baby soft feet.
Watch the video
You can see exactly how it’s done in the tutorial below. This video totally clicked with me when I saw her steps and saw her putting on socks, my secret weapon.
- Up the ante on this super relaxing beauty regime and gift yourself a foot spa. Not only will you get a temperature-controlled foot soak, you’ll be getting a foot massage too! Definitely 15 minutes of foot spa heaven.
- Hydrate! Our feet get dry and cracked when we are dehydrated. Not only will your feet get ugly, your face and skin will wither to a walnut look too. Get a dewy and moisturized look by staying hydrated.
- Stimulate the circulation in your feet with a quick foot massage or some simple foot exercises. For the latter, move your foot in a clockwise and counter-clockwise motion 10 times on each side. Stretch your feet backwards and forwards. You can even pick up socks with your toes 10 times on each foot.