Hard skin on feet can be frustrating, itchy, aesthetically displeasing, and occasionally even painful. It’s entirely normal, however, and is nothing a little pampering can’t fix! Follow our top tips on how to get rid of hard skin on feet to achieve soft, smooth skin in no time.
What Causes Hard Skin On Feet?
Hard skin on feet is caused by repeated friction on the skin. When you wear shoes that don’t fit correctly or spend all day standing up, the skin naturally hardens to protect itself from continuous rubbing and pressure.
Dead skin is usually hard and waxy to the touch, and will either form calluses (rough skin around your heels or the balls of your feet that is yellow in colour) or corns (small lumps of hard skin on your toes). Although unsightly, they rarely pose any danger to your health, but they can become painful if unattended to. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do at home to get rid of the hard skin on your feet.
How To Get Rid Of Hard Skin On Feet
It’s dangerous to try to cut off corns and calluses yourself and scratching away at them will further irritate the skin. Instead, to get rid of hard skin on feet, soak them in soothing warm water infused with healing minerals, then gently exfoliate and moisturise the skin to support the natural renewal process. Corns and calluses will feel softer and smoother, and gradually disappear.
Step 1: Soak your feet in a warm bubble bath
When removing corns and callouses, you first need to soften the skin on your feet. We recommend soaking them in a warm bubble bath infused with softening and smoothening essential oils and vitamins that prepare the skin for the exfoliation process.
Our Sanctuary Spa Luxury Bath Float is infused with Baobab, Vitamin E, and Freesia Flowers to delicately pamper your feet. Pour generously under warm running water, then soak your feet for 15 minutes.
Step 2: Exfoliate away the dead skin
To remove the now softened dead skin, massage an exfoliating scrub onto your feet. Look for formulas infused with coarse yet gentle minerals, like Pumice, that slough away dry cells without irritating the skin.
Blending Pumice with essential oils, our Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub is a great choice. While in the bath, gently massage the scrub into your feet using circular motions to carefully remove the dead skin. Your feet will be left feeling velvety soft and looking beautifully radiant.
Step 3: Moisturise your feet
Alongside toes, heels are most prone to hardened dead skin. To prevent corns and calluses from returning, regularly apply a moisturising balm or foot butter.
Perfect for rough, dry skin, our Heel Balm doesn’t just work wonders on heels. It can be applied to toes and the balls of feet too. Its combination of healthy fats, Shea Butter and Wheatgerm Oil provides an intense moisture boost that keeps feet feeling soft and smooth.
Alternatively, massage the feet using our Sanctuary Spa foot butter. Made with soothing Sweet Almond Oil, healing Aloe Vera and moisturising Vitamin E, it will nourish and pamper the skin.
How To Stop Hard Skin On Feet From Coming Back
If you follow a daily foot care routine, your skin will look smoother and healthier within a few days.
To stop hard skin from coming back, repeat the above routine once a week. If you don’t see significant improvements after a few weeks, consider visiting your GP for further advice.