Treat Your Feet Naturally

Itís never too early to start thinking about flip flops. Take your tootsies out of winter hibernation and soothe away dryness, calluses, ugly toes, and odor with expert natural tips.

1. Add moisture.
If the cold, dry winter months left your feet parched and flaky, rich natural butters and oils can restore lost moisture. “Shea butter-based lotions provide some of the most effective moisturizing,” says Tara Oolie, founder of Just Calm Down Spa in New York. For a natural moisture boost, she recommends grape seed, sunflower, and olive oils. Try smoothing on foot lotions rich in these ingredients every other day, right after a shower or bath. To prevent fungal infections, wait until feet have absorbed the lotion before putting on socks and shoes.

2. Soften calluses. Extra pressure or friction on the foot creates these unattractive patches of thick, hardened skin. Re-evaluating footwear and gradually soften tough spots with regular exfoliating treatments. Try Oolieís easy at-home exfoliating routine: Mix 2 tablespoons granulated sugar with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Apply to calloused spots and gently rub in a circular motion with a pumice stone for a few minutes. Repeat every other day.

3. Buff nails. If you let your toe and nail routine slip over the winter and want to eliminate excess dead skin around the cuticles, moisturize the toenail beds, file the cuticle using a light file or a white buffer block, then gently push back the cuticles. Cutting cuticles isn’t necessary and may even promote more dead-skin buildup. Next, buff down thick nail ridges with a white buffer block until smooth.

4. Eliminate odor. Itís time for minty essential oils and a lot of fresh airóthe bacteria and fungus in sweat actually break down dead skin cells on your feet and cause odor. To limit growth of these bad-smelling intruders, let shoes dry out completely before slipping into them again, and avoid wearing the same pair of shoes every day, he suggests. Oolie recommends deodorizing your feet daily with natural products that contain refreshing antibacterial essential oils, such as peppermint, tea tree, and lavender.

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By Adina Licht, Delicious Living


William C
William C19 days ago


W. C
W. C20 days ago

Thank you.

Lyssa C.
Lyssa C6 years ago

Cheers :)

KARLOLINA G6 years ago


Julianna D.
Juliana D7 years ago

I have to admit my favorite part of me is my feet- I keep them happy by wearing shoes as RAREY as I can get away with- did you know that the "law" against driving barefoot is a myth?

Sixuan Li
Sixuan Li7 years ago

I've tried many ways to soften calluses. I found lavender oil is the best.

Kaye Skinner
Rev. Dr. Kaye S7 years ago

Interesting, I shall try this.

Eli Is Here
Past Member 7 years ago

Wonderful article. Thank you Mel!!

Ali O.
Ali O.7 years ago

I don't exactly have the most beautiful feet around, so these great ideas will definetly be used in the next few days!

Reema G.
Reema Gandhi8 years ago

hey all...
m lovin it nw. gettin used 2 it day aftr day
n aftr a passage f tym i gues ill find ma feet betr than b4..........
ny bdy here leme 9 hw cn v mek our feet softer??