Your feet get a lot of abuse over the course of day, whether you engage in high-impact workouts or stand behind a counter, run after a toddler or stroll barefoot on the beach. Give your feet some loving care by using a pumice stone to help wear away corns and calluses and remove the dirt and dry skin that can build up, especially on your heels.
Check your feet for troubled areas. Pumice works best on hard, dry or cracked skin and calluses. If you have cuts, sores or blisters, skip the pumice treatment for now, because the friction is too intense for areas with wounds.
Soak your feet. Place them in a shallow pan or bucket with warm water, or soak your feet in the bathtub or shower for five to 10 minutes. Add a couple drops of an essential oil to give your feet a spa treatment. Try peppermint oil to invigorate or lavender oil to relax. Add a few drops of baby oil or other moisturizing agent to the water to soften your skin.
Moisten the pumice stone. A dry pumice stone creates too much friction and can damage skin. Rub the wet pumice stone on the target areas of your feet, using a small circular motion. Be gentle. Your goal is not to remove huge amounts of dry skin, but to begin the long-term process of promoting better turnover of dead skin cells. If you have not used a pumice stone for a long time, you will need several sessions to remove built-up callouses and corns.
Rinse your feet and the pumice stone with warm, soapy water. Place the pumice stone where it can air-dry until you want to use it again. Gently pat your feet dry with a towel.
Moisturize your feet. Your pumice stone foot treatment exposes new skin, so protect this new layer of skin by moisturizing it. Add a dab of Vitamin E oil to your feet if you like. If you plan to walk barefoot or in open sandals, put some sunscreen on the back of your heels to keep the new layer of skin from getting burned.
Use a pumice stone shape and size that you can hold comfortably and that fits the contours of your feet and toes.
You can do a pumice stone treatment every few days.
If you have diabetes, consult with your doctor before using a pumice stone on your feet.