s the sun has set on summer, the season of flip flops, sandals, and walking barefoot on the beach has, unfortunately, come to an end. But just because your feet will now be covered by boots, booties and chic sneakers doesn’t mean your feet may be left needing some serious TLC.
Just as every good pedicure starts with a good soak, so should your skin-softening efforts. Soaking your feet in warm water helps to prepare the skin for exfoliation while also opening the pores to let any lotion-based treatment settle in nice and deep. Apply castor oil, tea tree oil, or eucalyptus oil—which are natural anti-fungals—directly to the callus for five to 10 minutes and then exfoliate with a pumice stone.
An effective exfoliating product or treatment will help to recess a build-up of excessive thick skin, also known as calluses. But you must be careful, whether you’re at home or at the spa. Aggressive exfoliation and removal of this skin, going into the deeper dermal layers can also cause thicker and harder skin to grow back.