With summer and many days working from home, I’ve grown accustomed to walking around barefoot or with flip-flops that don’t support my feet well. As a result of going barefoot and open-toed shoes, my feet have definitely seen better days.
Since the new COVID variant is on the rise, I’ve been too worried to go into a nail salon for a treatment so I’ve taken matters into my own hands, investing in foot soaks, a foot bowl, and my in-shower favorite, a pumice stone.
What are pumice stones?
Pumice stones, those weird little things you are used to at nail salons, might have a really odd appearance, but they are many industry leaders’ favorite tool for soft feet. The little rocks in the small but mighty tool are a combination of lava and water and are beyond great for removing the nasty, and old dead skin from your feet.
Essentially, when the lava cooled and mixed in with the water, gasses created slabs of holes. They come in many sizes and can be used for body care and as a kitchen hack, scrubbing grease off the stove.
There are a couple of different pumice stones. A flatter stone is used for a large area and round stones are best for specific edges like the side of the foot. Some stones even have a rough and smooth side allowing you to scrub and smooth seamlessly, without the need for another tool.
Why are they good?
This is where your barefoot and sandal-loving feet will be happy because it addresses dry heels and tough calluses. The key is the exfoliation, it allows that base layer to leave the skin and make room for new and improved, softer skin. Not to mention they are very easy to use.
How to use one
Basically, start by soaking feet in water for a moment to soften them up and make it easier to slough off the dead skin. Then, firmly rub the pumice stone in circles on the feet. Try not to be too aggressive here as over-exfoliating can cause tearing, breaking, and ripping of the feet. Also, do stay clear of the skin on your toes and top of feet — these areas are all soft and should not be exfoliated aggressively.
Lastly, rinse feet and the stone as a cleansing and apply lotion to restore hydration.
Be careful though
Although pumice stones are safe for most people, bacteria can get inside easily — which is why it’s so important to clean it.
After every use, run your pumice stone under soap and water and scrub softly with a bristle brush. Make sure you also leave it out to dry in between uses. And hopefully it goes without saying, under no circumstance should you share a pumice stone with someone. So please, sharing is not caring.
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