Hi! I know it’s been quite a while since my last post. The power adapter of my laptop decided to conk off and getting another took some time :-(.
So, now that I’m back, I have another remedy for you. I love making up remedies and sharing them.This one is a favourite of mine and, unlike the acne remedy, it’s a rather old one which I’ve used for years on myself and my loved ones. I swear by it as it’s always given great results.
This remedy is for all you people out there who wish that they didn’t have emery boards for feet. Know what I’m talking about? Feet that catch on the fabric of your bedsheet, feet that you are ashamed to show off in strappy sandals, feet that you want to cover up with socks and sneakers when you go to the beach. After using my remedy for dry, rough feet and cracked heels, you will confidently wear those strappy, sexy slingbacks that you’ve been avoiding, you will happily wear flipflops to the beach and play footsie with that special someone without giving him or her a shave in the wrong places ;-).
The key product in this remedy for dry, rough feet is an amazing Avon cream called Footworks Rough Skin Remover/Sloughing cream. I think the product exists under another name, Avon Footworks Healthy Pumice Cream, on the Avon (US) site.
This is essentially an exfoliating cream. It has little gritty particles in it that help to slough off the dead skin.
However, the directions given on the tube do not help you to get the full benefit of this awesome cream. The directions tell you to use it on dry skin but I’ve found that this is not effective and can be rather harsh on the skin. My method involves softening the skin first with a foot soak and then using the Avon sloughing cream.
This remedy is very safe for your skin and is not at all harsh. However, if you already have relatively soft and smooth feet, I don’t recommend trying it out because it may be too harsh for skin that has no dead skin to slough off. This remedy is strictly for those who have really dry feet or cracked heels.
You will need:
- 2 tubs or buckets of warm water to use for the foot soak (enough water to submerge the feet in)
- hand towel
- Avon Footworks Rough Skin Remover cream
- Nail brush or foot brush
- Nivea Creme (blue tub)
- Optional: Vaseline petroeum jelly and a pair of cotton socks
So here it is:
- Soak your feet in warm water for about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove and pat with a towel so that your feet are no longer dripping, but are quite damp.
- Apply a generous amount of the Avon Footworks Rough Skin Remover cream onto the problem areas (dry skin, hardened heels, cracked heels, rough skin) of your feet. DO NOT massage the cream into to the skin. Just allow it to sit in a layer on your feet. Leave it on for about 5 minutes.
- Now start massaging the cream onto your feet in small circles. If it feels too dry, moisten your fingers and massage the feet. There should be just enough moisture to allow your fingers to slide along your feet. Moisten your fingers only initially and not later on. As you massage and the cream starts to dry, the dry skin will start to fall off your feet in little shavings. Keep massaging the feet all over the problem areas until the shavings have stopped falling. I’ve found that using the heel of my thumb is most effective for massaging the cream towards the end.
- Now rinse your feet in a small tub of warm water. Brush them with a nail brush to remove any remaining dead skin and particles of the Avon Footworks cream. Pay attention to the toenails and spaces between the toes if you have used the cream on the toes.
- Pat your feet dry and immediately slather on Nivea creme (the blue tub).
- If you have really, really dry feet, I suggest that you do this exercise just before bed and apply some Vaseline petroleum jelly to your feet after applying the Nivea. Put on a pair of cotton socks and go to sleep.
- Hello, soft and smooth feet!!
- Those with cracked heels may need to repeat this procedure about 3 to 4 times. Wait at least a week before repeating it. If you have cracks in the heels that are so bad that they are bleeding, first treat the bleeding and allow the cut to close up before you follow this remedy. If the skin is actually broken and bleeding, the exfoliating particles from the scrub may get into the skin and irritate it.
- Do not use a metal foot file to get rid of dry skin or cracked heels. This is especially important in the case of cracked heels. Metal files tear the surface of the skin and actually damage it. Dead skin needs to be gently and lovingly nudged off. I know that lovingly massaging dead skin off your feet is not exactly what you have in mind when you see deep, ugly cracks in your heels. But I believe that skin (or nails, hair etc.) behaves well when it is treated with love. If you wage war against it with things like metal foot files, it will wage war against you.
- To help your feet remain soft after using this remedy, always massage Nivea Creme into your feet after a bath and use footwear of some sort when walking on dusty surfaces.
- You could add some conditioner, almond oil or olive oil to the foot soak to further soften the skin.
- You could also add aromatic oil to the foot soak just to enjoy the fragrance and pamper yourself.