Saturday, April 22, 2017

Callused Feet Remedies

How do we get rid of calluses on feet? Honestly, dry callused feet aren't pretty or sexy in any way, yet hard, dry, even cracked, callused feet are a common problem. Let's look at why feet get callused in the first place then, I'll show you what products do wonders to get them smooth. Believe me, I know. I'm the poster child for callused feet with my high heels and bare footin'!

sexy shoes
What's a callus?
A callus is thicken skin that is hard and becomes very dry and sometimes cracks. The body builds up more skin as a defense mechanism. The body is trying to give the feet more padding to protect against something that is irritating to the feet. The irritation comes from pain, friction and/or pressure to the feet. It's odd that the body is trying to protect you from pain by thickening the skin but really thick calluses can actually cause pain. We need to manage those calluses.
dry callused heel
What causes calluses?
Irritation, pain, pressure and friction to the feet. Walking bare footed can create pain and pressure on the feet. Your feet sliding around in your shoes can cause friction on the feet. Wearing socks reduces the chance of building calluses, but if your feet are sliding, even with socks on, you will be creating friction and building calluses. Awesome looking high heeled shoes can cause a thick callus on the ball of your foot. A shoe that doesn't fit right and hurts will cause a callus. Sometimes the feet just hurt due to age or a foot problem and callus can build.

Genetics
Some people seem to be more prone to thick calluses than others. I chalk it up to genetics. If you noticed your Mom's dry callused feet on the beach chances are your feet are lookin' dry and callused on the beach as well!

Will a callus go away?
If you stop the cause of the foot irritation, the callus will eventually go away. We can make them go away with sanding and scrubbing, though. Just know that they will come back if the foot is being irritated in some way. 

Prevention
Pamper your feet to help prevent thick dry calluses. My clients who wear sensible shoes and thick socks everyday have very little callus. My bare footers and flip flop wearers need a lot of scrubbing during their pedicures! Wear comfortable shoes that fit your feet well. Wear nice thick socks. Save the heels for occasional wear. Take good care of your feet by using foot scrubs and creams. Get monthly pedicures to help keep your feet looking and feeling pretty.

How to get rid of calluses

Besides getting monthly pedicures, there are a few things you can try at home to make calluses look better. I feel calluses should not be removed completely. They should be reduced, smoothed and moisturized. When the callus is completely removed and the skin is left pink, the foot is sore and the callus will come back with a vengeance! Please note: If you are diabetic or have a circulatory problem, consult your doctor before doing any callus removal treatment.

1. Soak the Feet
I like Epsom Salt for the foot soak. Epsom Salt is the mineral Magnesium Sulfate. It makes the water feel silky and softens and soothes the skin. Fill a large bowl or foot bath with warm water. Add about 1/4 cup of Epsom Salt. Soak for 10 minutes.
Apple cider vinegar is another favorite soak of mine. You can use 1/4 cup in your foot bath instead of Epsom Salt if you choose. Find Epsom Salt in your local drug store or in the drug section of grocery and super stores.

2. Dry the Feet 

Dry your feet with a nice fluffy towel. 

3. Apply a Callus Removal Treatment 

There some awesome products to help soften hard calluses and make the removal process more effective. These are gel treatments that have a high pH level. They are to be used on the callused area not on the entire foot. The can burn or be irritating on non callused or cracked skin. Wear gloves to apply them or rinse your hands immediately after application. If you don't, you will feel it and want to rinse it off your hands asap! Leave the product on the feet for 3-5 minutes then rub it off with a towel. I like:

Prolinc Be Natural Callus Eliminator
Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Potassium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Disodium EDTA

Gena Callus Off
Ingredients: Water, potassium hydroxide, glycerin, propylene glycol, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, disodium EDTA

They both contain Potassium Hydroxide. This ingredient helps to break down the protein in the callus cells making the callus easier to file down.

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4. Time to Scrub

Break out the foot file and go to town! You can use a more gentle sandpaper type of foot file or a more aggressive metal grater type of foot file. The metal file will work faster for you but it can also leave a roughed up surface on the skin. Do not use a blade callus remover. They can remove too much callus and also cause dangerous cuts.

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5. Rinse the Feet

Give the feet a good rinse after all that filing and pat them dry.

6. Apply a Cream

Apply a good cream to your still damp feet. Sometimes I like to apply some coconut oil to the feet followed by cream. It can make the feet really slippery though. Put some socks on. The cream doesn't have to be specifically foot cream. It can be any cream but I do love Burt's Bees Peppermint Foot Cream. It's super minty and cooling! 

Jason softening Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion and Shea Moisture Olive and Green Tea Body Butter are two more nice rich creams to try on your feet and body too. The Jason Lotion smells like vanilla and contains a bit of potassium hydroxide. The Shea Moisture Body Butter has a sweet green tea smell. All three creams that I have mentioned are paraben free.

Burts Bees Peppermint Foot Cream Ingredients: 
Water, Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Peppermint Oil, Stearic Acid (Vegetable Fat), Witch Hazel, Glucose (Sugar), Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Wheat Germ Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Parsley Leaf Oil, Orange Wax, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosemary Leaf Extract, Menthol, Sodium Borate (Natural Borax), Xanthan Gum, Sucrose Stearate (Sugar Emulsifier), Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase (Natural Preservative)

Jason Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion Ingredients: 
Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (1), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (1), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter (1), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethylcellulose , Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum) (1) Certified Organic Ingredient

Shea Moisture Olive & Green Tea Body Butter Ingredients: 
Deionized Water, Olea Europaea (olive) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii(Shea) Butter*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Olus Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Oil, Stearyl Alcohol (Palm Kernel), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Proprietory Essential Oil Blend, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Green Tea Extract

Read my Emjoi Micro Pedi-Callus Remover Review


Maintenance

Now your feet are feeling nice and smooth. Help keep them that way by using a scrub in the shower and lots of moisturizer 2 times a day. Get a monthly pedicure to sand down any new callus built up. Try to wear well fitting shoes. Take a look at Vionic shoes. They offer stylish support for your feet. We have a client who swears by them.

Click here for my Peppermint Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a Beautiful Day
xo
Jill


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