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.
– 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.