The daily friction and pressure of standing or walking can cause your feet to develop corns or calluses over time. Don't fret, there are natural remedies that can help soften your feet and bring the twinkle back into your toes!
You may be wondering what the difference is between a corn and a callus. It's easy to identify these skin conditions based on its location!
Corns are found on the top of foot near bony ridges and between the toes. It often resembles a bump, like a real kernel of corn. It's a buildup of hard skin that forms when shoes rub against the top of the foot.
A callus is found on the underside of the foot, especially around the heel and sole. Friction between the foot and bottom of the shoe can cause a tough layer of skin to build up over time.
Use Crushed Aspirin
Sometimes your feet may hurt after standing for long periods, but the aspirin isn't for treating your poor aching feet. According to Livestrong, aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is a natural exfoliator. It's the same stuff found in acne skin care products, and it works by sloughing away the upper layer of dead skin cells. The great news is that salicylic acid will have the same effect on your feet!
Here's a great recipe for making a paste that will smooth out the rough patches.
Step 1: Crush 5 to 6 non-coated aspirin tablets.
Step 2: Mix with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water.
Step 3: Add enough crushed aspirin to form a paste.
Step 4: Rub the paste onto the corn or callus, and use a band-aid to hold it in place for 10 minutes.
Step 5: Gently rub on the corn or callus with a pumice stone.
The final step? Go ahead and admire your new silky smooth feet!
Make A Lemon Wrap
The ingredients used to make this wrap are a pair of feet and one lemon. Your dog might think this is great if he has a penchant for licking your toes, but this lemon wrap isn't for eating. It means serious business when it comes to getting rid of pesky corns!
To make a lemon foot wrap:
Step 1: Slice up a piece of lemon peel that is the width of your toe, and approximately one inch long.
Step 2: Place the white pith side against the corn, and secure it with plastic wrap.
Step 3: Cover your foot with a sock, and leave the lemon peel on overnight.
Step 4: Repeat the process each night until the corn falls off.
You can let out a sigh of relief and smile - the corns are gone!
Take A Tea Break
The British are famous for their afternoon tea breaks, but there's no reason your feet can't have a special tea service of its own. A chamomile tea soak not only gives your feet a chance to rest, but it's perfect for softening calluses. However, it doesn't end after tea time is over! Per WebMD, the worst offenders in the formation of calluses are high heels. Be sure to limit use of this type of footwear to maintain pretty feet.
To make the chamomile tea foot soak:
Step 1: Bring a gallon of water to a boil in a large pot.
Step 2: Pour water into a foot tub and add 4 to 5 bags of chamomile tea.
Step 3: Let it cool for about 5 minutes, until it's a comfortable temperature.
Step 4: Soak your feet for about 20 minutes.
After relaxing in this calming tea bath, your feet will love you!
Vinegar And Oil
Apple cider vinegar is ubiquitous as a natural health remedy, and its use in treating corns only reaffirms its healing powers. Dr. Oz is certainly a believer, and he recommends that you dip your feet in an apple cider vinegar bath to help rid yourself of corns for good.
Here's the recipe for whipping up a vinegar bath:
Step 1: Soak your feet in a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water for 15 minutes.
Step 2: Gently rub your corns with a pumice stone to soften the rough spots.
Step 3: Dip a cotton ball in castor oil and apply it on top of the corn.
Step 4: Repeat the process for 10 days.
Don't forget to send a thank-you note to Dr. Oz for giving you fabulous feet!
Coffee isn't just for drinking! Due to its coarse texture, the grounds are great for scrubbing and exfoliating. This scrub will feel amazing on your cracked heels.
Step 1: Mix equal amounts of coffee, sea salt and corn meal in a bowl.
Step 2: Add enough olive oil to form a paste.
Step 3: Massage onto your feet, rubbing it thoroughly into the dry and cracked calluses.
Step 4: Rinse your feet with water, but don't use soap to wash away the olive oil. It's a good moisturizer!
You'll definitely "wake up" your feet with this amazing scrub!
Try this soothing milk and baking soda foot soak to soften dry, cracked feet.
Picture Perfect Feet
Now that you have a pair of beautiful feet, show them off in some flip flops or sandals instead of high heels. To help prevent the return of those foot nasties, be sure to maintain your feet with weekly soaks, scrubs and moisturizing treatments.