A good friend asked me about foot care recently and I was prompted to share my favorite method for keeping feet looking fabulous. If you are struggling with 'cheese rind heels', here's a few tips to keep your feet looking and feeling great – all the time! Depending on how bad your feet are to begin with, this beauty treatment can cost you as little as the price of a brush to as much as the price of a foot-treatment plus one brush.
Rule Number One
Never ever ever use a foot file! The way this instrument 'rips apart the surface of the skin' will only make things worse. It actually encourages an increased production of hardened skin. I have this on good authority from a couple of foot-treating pros. If your heels are really bad, start by getting the built-up, hardened skin removed by a professional. When that's done, you will be able to keep your heels 'rind-free' with the following method.
Find a brush that fits well in your hand with bristles as stiff as a nail brush. If you can get an oversized nail brush, that's ideal (see mine below).
Brush your heels (and wherever else the hard skin build-up happens) vigorously for a minute or 2. The stiff bristles of the brush will remove dead skin and the brushing will encourage circulation in the feet (which also keeps hard skin build-up at bay). Don't forget the toenails – brushing lightly here will keep the cuticles back. It's best to brush at the end of your shower/bathing routine, when the skin is softened and the dead skin is easier to remove. (Tip: wash the brush regularly to keep it smelling sweet).
Finish by applying a body butter, cream or lotion to your feet. Give yourself a couple of minutes to massage each foot and work the moisturizer in. Put on a pair of socks. Even if you plan on wearing sandals that day, 10-15 minutes with socks will allow the moisturizer to soak in completely.
If you can make this 5-minute routine a daily habit, your feet will love you for it and repay you in spades by looking and feeling fabulous year round.