Treat Your Feet!

Your feet are the working class heroes of your body. The journeymen. They’re probably the hardest working parts of your body. And if you’re like me, you don’t take care of them the way they deserve to be taken care of. Let me talk to you about my feet. Cause recently we’ve been having issues.

I don’t know when it happened – I used to take great care of my feet. And then I started noticing changes. Like…the raspy sandpaper noise they made when they rubbed against my satin sheets. And the cracks that started to appear in my heel area. And – since when do I have calluses?

I had to admit, my feet were in a MESS. And I didn’t quite know what to do about it. I started getting desperate. I even spent an afternoon or two researching fish pedicures, to see if they were still legal in my state. Sad but true.

My feet got a fresh start when I went to Miami for Blogalicious, and I got the BEST PEDICURE EVER. Seriously, if you’re ever on South Beach, do your feet a favor and ask for Vilma at the Ritz Carlton South Beach spa. She is incredible. What made that pedicure different? After soaking my feet in a formula to soften the skin, Vilma busted out a DREMEL and literally blasted off all of the dead skin from my feet. It was absolutely amazing, but not something I could recreate for myself at home. For obvious reasons.

So what have I been doing to try to upkeep the softness, sans power tools? I’ll tell you the at home pedicure regimen and products that have been working for me, step by step!

Step 1 – Buff like nobody’s business.

Whether you use a pumice stone, like the Rock n Sole by Ms. Pedicure, the PedEgg, a steel micro file like this Dr. Scholls model, or a foot buffer like this nifty one from Birkenstock – the important thing is to use it. I usually start with dry feet, and graduate to more intense exfoliation later. It’s usually recommended to soak your feet and/or your buffer/pumice stone first, though.

Step 2 – Treat the problem areas.

I’ve got really rough, tough skin on my heel – which can be cracked sometimes, especially in colder months. And I’ve got reoccurring calluses on my big toes. I thought there was not much I could do about the calluses myself, but then my friend Paula of Older Girl Beauty pointed me in the direction of Sally Hansen. I had NO IDEA Sally Hansen had a whole product line called Just Feet. And I had no idea there was a product called Just Feet Deep Callus Remover. This stuff is pretty hardcore, y’all. Slather it on for just a minute (the bottle warns you not to go over). I don’t know what all is in this blue gel, but it will start stripping away your calluses in just 60 seconds. I know some folks leave it on for longer, but I’m quite honestly a bit afraid of its power! Once my problem areas have been tackled, I move on to step 3!

Step 3 – Soak and EXFOLIATE.

Once my feet have gotten the Sally Hansen treatment, they’re ready to be soaked and then scrubbed! Sometimes I bust out the Homedics foot spa, but it can get messy. So I usually just use the bath tub and get to scrubbing. My absolute favorite scrub right now is Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Sea Salt Scrub. It smells absolutely edible, and has the exfoliating power required for the job. For the rest of my body, I am Team Sugar Scrub. But my feet NEED salt. A salt scrub has more durability for the task at hand, and the Carol’s Daughter scrub is also supremely moisturizing (and doesn’t sting!)

** PS: The last time I rhapsodized about Carol’s Daughter products, a commenter felt the need to write in and accuse me of getting paid for positive reviews, or something suspect like that. While most of the products I review here were sent for my consideration, I feel the need to add here that it doesn’t work that way. I don’t just blindly give positive reviews to whatever I am sent. A positive review has to be EARNED by me testing the product. And I only review products I think are worth writing about, and worth your hard earned money. For any further questions and/or accusations, I encourage you to visit the FTC guidelines on my FAQ page, please and thanks.

Off soapbox. On to step #4!

Step #4 – MOISTURIZE.

After sloughing off all that dead skin, your feet are parched and need some love! Both the Carol’s Daughter scrub and the Sally Hansen treatment offer some moisture, but I really treat my feet at this point, and slather on a rich, thick moisturizer. There are all sorts of great body butters out there and I’m sure you’ve got one in your stash right now just for this purpose! Lately I’m using Votre Vu Tarte D’Amande Souffle. A super rich, thick yet light moisturizing souffle that absorbs quickly into the skin, it’s a decadent treat for the hardest working parts of my body. When I rub this stuff on and slip on a pair of socks right before bed, I know my feet won’t make that awful sandpaper sound on the sheets for a while!

Of course, this being winter boot season, I need to upkeep this regimen regularly to keep my feet in fighting shape. Those are the top foot product recommendations I can make, based on the products I’ve tried lately. What are your favorite treat-your-feet goodies?

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Comments

  1. This was SOOO on time because my feet are starting to be neglected as well. I used to be a stickler for really taking care of my feet, but the last few months haven’t allowed me to do so. I’m definitely gonna take your advice and invest in my feet. Great post, Bella! Yayyyyy you’re back!

  2. Love the post. I’m looking forward to trying your tips over long weekend! :-)

  3. Great reviews. I want to add, that I don’t think it is wrong at all to get paid/compensated for a review. It takes a lot of work for bloggers to do what they do. I read the reviews and it helps me and I appreciate it. It is good for us, when a blogger takes the time to review something and report back. Great job!

  4. Glad to see your blog is back and I can’t wait to try these tips over the winter

  5. Unfortunately, I tend to abandon my feet in the winter. Shame shame. I’m going to look into that Sally Hansen and the Carols Daughter scrub sounds scrumptious!

  6. My doctor told me to use a pumice stone to smooth over the rough skin. My feet got so dry during last winter my skin cracked and was so painful. He told me to use vaseline and I was like he is not serious. I still do not believe that will do. I will be ex-foliating more now

  7. My honey has HORRIBLE feet (used to play football and does martial arts), so I think I will treat him to the Just Feet line.

    Welcome back, Bella!! We missed you!!

  8. I’m having feet issues myself, so I’m glad I’ve read this post. Thanks for the info! I didnt know you could do something about calluses.

  9. I’m all about pretty feet. My routine is simple and cheap: I exfoliate with a file every few days in the shower, slather on vaseline and sleep in socks. If my feet get too rough for my liking I’ll use an exfoliating lotion like AmLactin for a few nights. It smells like ammonia for a few minutes, but it works!

  10. GREAT post! My feet definitely need some more TLC and I will keep your tips in mind. Can’t wait to try these! Thanks for posting.

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