My Daily Foot Care Routine

daily foot care routine

We’re 10 weeks into quarantine and I have a daily foot care routine…

I don’t have very cute feet. I get calluses easily and quickly, my heels are often cracked, and my big toes point inwards. Over the last few months, I’ve realized that I can fix one of those problems at home.

About a week into quarantine I realized that I was due for a pedicure so I took off my nail polish and tried to do it myself. It was an epic failure. My nails looked yellow from not having given them a break from polish in literally years, my feet were callused like crazy (I’m now convinced pedicures make calluses worse in the long run), and I cut the nails jaggedly.

I was determined to fix them so I did a foot peel and decided to start taking better care of my feet. I started doing this daily foot care routine back in March and my feet look and feel totally different than they did just a few weeks ago.

Daily Foot Care Routine

I go through this routine every night before bed.

Step 1: Wash your feet thoroughly in the shower or bath. I also exfoliate with this scrub every 2-3 days.

Step 2: Dry feet with a towel.

Step 3: Wait at least 10 minutes until you get out of the shower/bath, then rub a large nail file on calluses with medium pressure for 2-3 minutes on each foot and remove dead skin with a wet cloth. Then dry feet again. With a pumice stone, you do this while your feet are still damp or wet but with my new and improved method (lol), they have to be dry.

I use side one of this file and it works wonders. I replace the file side when I file my nails. I much prefer this to a pumice stone. Whenever I use a pumice stone, it somehow leaves my feet worse-off than when I started. With this amount of exfoliation, it just removes a little dead skin each day but adds up to a much better outcome. Although I should note I’ve never tried this with any other file, just the one I have.

Step 4: Apply cuticle oil to your toenails and cuticles, rub it in with your hands. If you don’t have any, you can use coconut oil or olive oil.

Step 5: Apply foot cream. I use Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream but just a warning, it’s more like an ointment so if that grosses you out, pick something else. I like the fact that it’s thicker and I find that it works better than anything else I’ve ever tried. It’s also natural, cruelty-free, and has a very light fragrance.

If you do use it, you don’t need a lot because it’s very oily… in a good way. I always put on a clean pair of socks over the cream until it dries because I don’t like it on my sheets.

Step 6: Wake up with baby-soft feet! Repeat nightly.

Bonus step: I try to remember to use my Yoga Toes every night but end up realistically doing it 1-2x/week. They help to ease foot pain and I hope that they’ll prevent my toes from bending inward even more!

Weekly Foot Soak

Once a week, I’ve been doing this soak that I found online after Googling “foot soaks” one particularly boring day of quarantine. The Epsom salt softens your dry skin and calluses and the acidity from the lemon helps remove the dead skin.

Foot soak ingredients

– 1 lemon (juice and peels)
– 1 cup, vinegar (white or apple cider)
– 3 cups, Epsom salt

Foot soak directions

– Add vinegar, juice from the lemon, and salt to a tub of warm water (or a foot bath if you’re really fancy)
– Use the insides of the lemon peels to clean your feet
– Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes
– Complete steps 2-6 above!

Weekly File & Buff

Every week or two I have been filing and buffing my toenails with the same file I use for the calluses (I change out the piece bc it grosses me out). If you also paint your nails, you can do it at the same time.

Monthly Peel

– Every few months, I do this foot peel but now that I’m doing this routine regularly, I’m not sure if I’ll need one! I’ll keep you posted on that though. If you haven’t done one before, I recommend doing it to kick this all off then starting the routine once you’ve peeled.

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  1. Deb Lumos said:

    Great information! I will definitely give this a try. You always give the best, most researched tips. Thank you for sharing with us.

    I have also found that my feet/heels don’t dry out as much if I avoid wearing flip-flops as often. I think the rubbery material they are made of draws moister out of my feet.

    5.18.20 · Reply
    • Kristin said:

      Yes! I had to go to a podiatrist last year for foot pain. One of my questions was that my heels have been so dry and cracked since moving to Florida. She said it’s flip flops and also even being barefoot so much in the house. Another aspect of it is age. Skin is dryer and doesn’t regenerate as quickly as it did in my 20s. Didn’t love hearing that but it is true.

      5.18.20 · Reply
      • Julia said:

        Flip flops make my feet hurt too which is why I moved to rubber Birkenstocks to replace them last year. It made a world of difference! Interesting about the dryness though. I hadn’t heard that before but makes sense.

        5.18.20 · Reply
  2. Ingrid said:

    Sorry if you already posted about this but do you have any tips on taking your own photos? The ones from your last blog post about alcohol look amazing! How do you do it yourself?

    5.18.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      I wish I had a good answer for this! My photographer Julia Dags (juliadags.com) takes almost all of my photos. We just started doing social distance shoots last week but before that she would Facetime me to help me set up the camera for each shot then do the editing! Should I have her put together a post?

      5.18.20 · Reply
      • Felicity said:

        Oh, please ask her! I’d love to read that!

        5.18.20 · Reply
  3. Erica said:

    This is the first year I’ve noticed my heels have been so dry and cracked so I was very interested in your post! I switched to Cote Shop nail polish a couple of years ago. It’s less toxic than other brands and I notice I don’t get as much discoloring or drying out of my nails. It’s more expensive than a drugstore brand, but so much better. I regularly last at least a week without chips on my hands and that’s with being a stay at home mom that does dishes 3x a day!

    5.18.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      I think I need to move to natural nail polish too. I just feel like it chips so much easier. But it sounds like this brand works well. Going to check it out thanks so much.

      5.19.20 · Reply
  4. Jessica said:

    If you put a few of these recommended products together, this would make a great quarantine gift for a friend, too!

    5.18.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Love this idea!

      5.18.20 · Reply
  5. I didn’t know foot peels existed! Thanks for the tips.

    6.29.20 · Reply