Time flies so fast and before you’ll it, sandal season will soon be here, which means it’s time to make sure your feet look great. Instead of stuffing your feet in shoes, you get to let them see the light of day once again.
However, through the winter months, you may have been neglecting your feet. If you haven’t been paying attention to your feet, you probably have a lot of dead skin on your feet, which can be tough to remove.
To make your feet look and feel fantastic for sandal season, it’s important to remove all the dead skin to get your tootsies back into beautiful shape.
Of course, many methods of removing dead skin on your feet don’t provide great results. Just adding lotion to your feet and putting on a pair of socks will soften skin, but it doesn’t help to get rid of all that dead skin.
Some DIY products simply grate away at the dead skin, removing some of it but leaving too much leftover. Foot razors offer another option, but it is easy to end up overdoing it or cutting your feet, which can be very painful.
Instead of turning to methods that don’t offer great results, a good foot peel is a very good idea. You can purchase some products that help make the skin peel off your feet.
Many of these products include ingredients like glycolic acid, vitamin E, castor oil and salicylic acid. Of course, instead of purchasing an expensive foot product, making your own with the right ingredients is an excellent idea.
With a few basic ingredients, you can begin working to eliminate all that old, dry skin from your feet.
Why These Ingredients
① Aspirin is mainly salicylic acid, which works to exfoliate the skin by removing dead skin cells. The great part is that salicylic acid is more gentle on skin than glycolic acid.
This means you can leave the peel on your skin for as long as 24 hours without the acid being too harsh on the skin.
② Lemon juice is also necessary since lemon juice is acidic. The acids in lemon juice work with the salicylic acid from the aspirin, helping to soften the dead skin so you can slough it off.
Of course, after applying this paste to your feet and letting it sit for several hours, make sure you moisturize feet after you rinse and dry them.
③ The acids can dry out feet, so be sure to apply a thick moisturizer and some socks.
After using the soak and the peel for several days, the skin will begin peeling off, and before you know it, you’ll have soft, beautiful feet fit for sandal season.
Step 1 – Epsom Salt Foot Soak
Before using the following aspirin and lemon juice foot peel, you need to start by doing an Epsom salt foot soak. Fill a container with warm water and add about a cup or half cup of the Epsom salts.
Soak your feet for 10 minutes or more. This step is important since Epsom salts offer some great benefits for feet.
First, the Epsom salts will help relax your feet, making them feel better by reducing stiffness and muscle pain. The Epsom salts help to remove any bad foot smells too.
Best of all, the Epsom salts contribute to softening your skin, preparing it for the aspirin and lemon juice foot peel. By softening the skin first, you’ll make the peel more effective.
Aspirin and Lemon Juice Foot Peel
- 5-7 aspirin
- 1-2 tbsp of lemon juice
- 2 large plastic bags (grocery store bags)
- Crush the aspirin using a mortar and pestle (or you can just use a spoon and crush them to turn into powder). Place the aspirin in a bowl and mix the lemon juice until you have a thick paste.
- Apply the mixture to your calloused feet and then place a plastic bag around each foot.
Don’t tie the bag shut at your ankles because I don’t want you cutting off your circulation. It’s enough just to put your feet in the bag and with your hand smoosh the bag closed by your ankle.
- Sit down and rest for 15-20 minutes. When you are done and with the bag still on (so you don’t mess up your clean floors), hit the bathroom or sink and wash your feet with warm water.
Use a pumice stone to aid in the removal of the dead skin.
- Apply your favorite moisturizer after.
This treatment is not a quick fix. You will need to apply this treatment every day for a week. After a week, you can skip the soaking first, as the skin should be softened from the treatment and the moisturizer.