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How Can I Remove Hard Skin on My Feet? 7 Homemade Solutions to Try

Hi. I love sharing anything that helps the world feel good. Our feet work hard every day, so they deserve care, too!


The majority of us (men and women) are unaware that beautiful feet are attractive. That is why we see a wide range of foot care treatments from essential oils to milk lotions - to provide extra care for the feet.

How can I remove the hard skin on my feet?

This seems to be the most common question where the root cause is dead skin cells. If you have read my tips on how to get clean and healthy feet, today, let's talk about how to get rid of hard skin on your soles. You want your feet to look and feel bright and beautiful, of course.

How Much Care Are You Willing to Give?

Can you spare some special time for your feet? Are you willing to create your home foot spa? I'm sharing my homemade foot spa recipes that you too can make at home. Don't worry, you'll use only the ingredients that are available.

So, are you ready to make beautiful feet from scratch?

Hard skin on the feet often brings discomfort, not only because they look unbecoming but it leads to cracked layers that can be painful.

When dead skin builds on your feet, your skin begins to harden and is more likely to crack. The more it accumulates dead chunks, the harder the skin goes. This can be painful and, in some cases, infected. Exfoliation removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells and reveals the healthy, beautiful skin underneath.

You can exfoliate in two methods:


1) Get Rid of Hard Skin by Exfoliating

Chemical Exfoliation

This method uses solutions like fruit enzymes or citric acid to remove dead skin from the feet. The fruit acids break and dissolve the material that binds the hardened tissue. Removing the layer of dead skin cells at the surface soothes and smoothes the skin's overall texture and appearance. You will find fruit enzyme solutions in foot scrubs and foot peels.

Mechanical Exfoliation

This uses tools like a pumice stone to manually scrub away dead skin. Gently rub the abrasive side of your pumice over the skin in a circular motion applying light pressure. The massaging friction will begin to break the dead skin cells and shed them off. Take caution: When your skin begins to feel sore, stop immediately because you're most likely using too much pressure.

As promised, here are the foot scrub recipes you too can make at home:


Aloe Vera and Oatmeal

If you are growing aloe vera, make a foot scrub by adding two tablespoons of its clear paste-like flesh to 1/4 cup of oatmeal, 1/4 tablespoon rock salt, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons water. Mix thoroughly to form a paste. The salt and oatmeal will get rid of rough skin while aloe and olive will work as moisturizers.

Sugar and Lotion

Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 2-3 tablespoons of lotion, and 1 tablespoon of water, then gently massage the mixture on your feet for a few minutes. The sugar granules make a fantastic skin exfoliator. Concentrate on the heels, but do this gently so you don't irritate the skin.

Sugar and Olive Oil

Mix equal parts of sugar and olive oil then scrub on your feet. You can even use salt in place of sugar. The crystals along with oil will work to eliminate hard and rough skin, particularly on the heel area. You can leave the mixture on your skin for a few minutes more before rinsing.

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2) Soak Feet in Water and Essential Oil

If exfoliating gets rid of unwanted skin cells, soaking the feet in water with essential oil makes them soft, bright, and beautiful. It hydrates the skin as it soothes the muscles around the feet. The best thing relieves aches and pains from hours of standing, moving, or walking in shoes that are uncomfortable.

Essential oils provide your feet the soothing, cooling, softening, and uplifting effects that relax them. All you need is a bowl of warm water with drops of oil. Another benefit of soaking is it indulges the feet in their own bath. Not only does it refreshes them, but it can also help loosen deep-seated dirt around the toes and toenails.

You'll love these foot soak solutions:


Rock Salt

Put 1/2 cup of rock salt on almost a half pan of hot water. Dissolve the salt. When the water is cool enough to handle, soak your feet. Feel the healing wonders of salt to tired and swollen feet and ankles.

Fresh Lemon Juice

Mix 1/2 of a fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of olive or your kitchen oil, and 1/4 cup of milk to 1/2 cup of water then soak your feet. The simple blend of lemon, oil, and milk is enough to make a difference.

Fresh Avocado

Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of mashed fresh avocado into a half-pan of water. Mix a few drops of olive oil, and soak your feet. The moisturizing effect of avocado and olive oil helps soften cracked heels and dry skin.

Powdered Milk and Olive Oil

Mix in 1/2 cup of powdered milk (this time leftover milk can be very useful) and 3 tablespoons of olive oil into warm water and soak feet for 20 minutes. The lactic acid in the milk combined with oil will help soften dry dead skin and will leave you with the baby's soft and smooth feet.

Note: If you don't have olive oil, use any unused kitchen oil.

For best results, leave the mixture on your feet for a few minutes after applying. This softens the skin particularly on the heel region and scrubbing would be much easier. Always scrub with care to prevent irritation.


3) Moisturize More Day and Night

Moisturizing regularly leaves your feet soft and smooth. Don't forget the soles and in-between the toes - they are just as important to keep feet healthy. Applying foot cream or lotion just after bathing allows the solution to seep into the skin leaving them soft, smooth, and non-greasy. It is also the best way to treat dry skin. By doing this as a regular skincare routine, your feet will thank you.

If you have very dry skin, baby oil is an effective remedy when applied while the skin is damp. Mild and delicate oil has a longer staying power than typical moisturizers and prevents moisture from evaporating off the skin.

You can also try petroleum jelly before bed, or some moisturizers labeled as Vitamin E enhanced. Rubbing coconut oil on damp feet is an effective skin softener. Even your kitchen vegetable oil can do wonders to feet that need deep refreshing.

The topmost secret to beautiful feet is to keep them dry.


Don't Underestimate Corns and Calluses

Corns are caused by friction from the toes rubbing together or against the shoe. Calluses, however, develop on the ball or heel of the foot. While one of the factors is a pair of poorly fitting shoes, dry and hardened skin is another culprit.

Since corns and calluses make the feet look dull and unhealthy, many people trim or scrape them with a razor blade or other sharp tool. This can cause a cut that may result in bleeding or injury to the toe, sole, or entire foot. Over-the-counter medications commonly contain salicylic acid, which may even aggravate irritation and can be more serious than the mere corn or callus.

Control the urge to remove them by yourself, treat them instead.

In Essence...

You are busy all the time that you are forgetting how your feet are also working hard for you every day. Think about how they transport you from place to place and balance your body so you can move freely and work with ease.

Getting rid of hard skin on the feet at least once a week gives them a relaxing treatment that improves their overall appearance. More importantly, it can discourage calluses and prevents the skin from cracking.

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Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on February 27, 2016:

Thanks Jackie. No need to worry buying what you have -- your kitchen might have them all! Thanks for dropping by. Cheers! -Tonette

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 09, 2014:

Will try some of these thank you.

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on June 24, 2013:

Hello Susan. They sure will work wonders -- it's even amazing everything you would need can be found in the kitchen :=)... one day, you'd be able to create your own-fangled recipes... that's more exciting and fun!

Goodluck and thanks for dropping by:=) -Tonette

susanzheng on June 24, 2013:

Oh, this is very good article. I will try some recipes on my own feet, I believe they will work for me.

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on March 27, 2012:

Thank you for sharing my beautiful feet from scratch Audra. I'm glad you find the ideas great. They're so simple to do at home but very effective, and personally have proven all of them. Thanks for the vote, so much appreciated that I sure would love to be your friend at Facebook. Would take it an honor to be a part of your bright world, too. Thank you for being a friend. Cheers and more power to you!

iamaudraleigh on March 26, 2012:

I just shared this! Lots of great ideas for your feet!!! Voted up!

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on March 02, 2012:

Hi wwolfs. Yes it's very relaxing. Many times I've tried soaking my tired feet in lukewarm water with salt and it truly relieves. One of your hubs that inspired me much was the opportunity of looking good even after reaching the age of 90! :-) Really wonderful and I think beautiful feet is one asset, haha. Thank you also wwolfs, I'm glad you find my homemade foot care solutions worth bookmarking. Thanks to your mom too for such a true example of genuine beauty. Cheers and more power your way. -Tonipet

wwolfs on March 02, 2012:

Nice hub. It is relaxing to soak your feet and you have many foot spa recipes that look good to try. I am going to bookmark this. Great information. Thank you for sharing!

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