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Three Ways To Soften Rough Feet

3 Supereasy Ways to Soften Rough Feet

Lots of people have rough feet, but it's an easy fix. Instead of buying expensive overnight-treatment socks or potentially dangerous callus shavers, though, read on to see the best course of action for your unnecessary roughness.

1. If your feet aren't too bad . . .
If you're just dealing with a little bit of dry skin, simply add moisture. Wash your feet before bed, then slather them with lotion. Slip on a pair of thin cotton socks, and in the morning you'll have soft feet. Try Earth Therapeutics Tea Tree Oil Balm ($9). For having a relatively thin consistency, it moisturizes wonderfully. And it has a fresh, nonperfumey scent.

2. If your feet are feeling a bit rough . . .
If you're going to exfoliate with a cream or scrub, find one that's specifically for feet. Look for a scrub with small pumice granules (such as Dr. Scholl's for Her Rough Skin Eraser Liquid Exfoliant ($6)) or one with very fine grains of salt. We're particularly impressed by FarmHouse Fresh's Fine Grain Salt Scrub for Body & Feet ($23) because the salt is densely packed, which results in a more vigorous exfoliation. Follow with the nighttime socks for extrasoft feet.

3. If your feet have thick calluses . . .
Exfoliating tools are your friends. These tools are the most effective way to turn hoof-like feet into healthy-looking ones. The best-known tool is the pumice stone, which can be used in the shower to buff away dead skin. They're inexpensive, long-lasting, and effective. You'll likely get better results when feet are wet rather than dry.

If you prefer buffing your feet when they're dry, Diamancel files are amazing; the only drawback is that they're typically around $50. For a more affordable option, you might like the Microplane Orb ($8). It looks a little bit like a handheld cheese grater from the future, but it removes built-up dead skin and makes calluses much softer. Neat freaks will like how it holds the flakes of skin in the container. Use it before bed, then try the socks-and-lotion combo — it's a winning combination.

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TanyaScott TanyaScott 7 years
I use this roll on balm, a topical solution to dead, dry, discolored and rough skin on your heels, but it also good for those red, rough knees, scaly, itchy, rough elbows and even a great in between manicure aid for your dry cuticles.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 9 years
I've been dying to try that PedEgg, I'm going to Target today!
shellle shellle 9 years
I find vaseline to be the best and cheapest solution if your feet aren't too bad. Before going to bed, I slather on a thin layer of vaseline all over my feet, especially the heels, then put on a pair of socks. It does feel squishy and awkward, but in the morning my feet feels so soft. I do this a lot in the summer when I wear a lot of sandals.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Sadly, I can't sleep with socks on. But I can just moisturize, I'm sure it's better than nothing.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I think I'll buy the Microplane Orb; my feet are baaaddd,lol. I try to keep up with my filer however the winter cold has effected them and even my fleece socks & moisturizer couldn't stop it,lol. Thanks for this post Bella!
MzShanon MzShanon 9 years
A lot of places have the peg egg now! I bought one for my mom and it really does work! At 9.99 you have nothing to lose.
PinkTulip PinkTulip 9 years
My feet have been bothering me lately they've just been so dry and cracky-I am going to Target tomorrow and getting the Ped Eg, foot scrub, pumic stone, moisturizer and overnight socks!
gaelgirl gaelgirl 9 years
well, i've never had to deal w/ dry hands or feet for one reason: neutragena norwegian formula hand cream.
emalove emalove 9 years
I love Burt's Bees Coconut Foot's so thick and makes my feet supersoft.
imeesagad imeesagad 9 years
i can use some
kewlgirl kewlgirl 9 years
oh, i want to try the ped egg. My feet are so gross and it's almost flip flop weather. Boy do I need a pedicure!
bengalspice bengalspice 9 years
I swear by Burt's Bees Foot Cream. You should give it a try.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
as long as I get a pedicure every 3-4 weeks and keep up with the foot cream I use...Jaqua Buuttercream Frosting foot cream with almond oil...I am good to go. I never seem to be able to get my feet near as good as a nail technician can. But the jaqua stuff is unbelievable!! And smells good enough to eat!!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Bella, I've been using that same balm and I'm really happy with it.
Marci Marci 9 years
For the first time in my life I'm having a problem with dry heels, so I was really happy to see this post. :)
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Or get pedicures about twice a month! That's what I do in the winter. In the summer I can get by with once a month.
judeandam judeandam 9 years
i try to use a pumice stone/foot file on my feet every 1-2 weeks at the end of my evening shower, when my skin is softer and easier to exfoliate. i then slather my feet with Aveeno's Intensive Relief Hand Cream and cover with cotten socks before heading to bed. i bought the hand cream to help out with my dry hands during the winter. it moisturizes REALLY well so i decided to try it on my feet. i then do the lotion and sock treatment for the next 1-2 nights. it leaves my feet SUPER soft! :)
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Thanks for the tips!
mischo-beauty mischo-beauty 9 years
Loved the post!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Great post. My feet get so dry and I have to wear moisturizing socks to bed too.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I have recently purchased the ped egg from target (9.99); it's a great alternative to the gritty scrubs.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
The Avon Cracked Heel cream has worked wonders for me. My cousin recommended it and it's great! Really helped. And for whatever reason, I hate sleeping in socks! But I've used the Burt's Bees coconut foot lotion with their socks and it's good too. So moisturizing. I hate some nutty foot scrub too, but it doesn't seem to work all that well. Maybe I'll try the Dr. Scholl's one.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thanks Fit. I might have t give myself a pedicure this weekend.
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