Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes in warm water with salt and some bath foam or gentle soap. Longer soaks unnecessarily soften the skin and promote drying out. Some drops of oil bring an additional relaxing effect.
Remove thick skin on your heels, toes and soles using a grater/sandpaper file or pumice stone. Specialists do not recommend metal graters as they may easily injure the skin. If your skin is cracked, move the grater along the cracks – do not ever do it the other way round because you will make your cracks bigger.
Trim the nails. Once they are soaked they become flexible which is easier to model them. When dry, they may snap or crack. As for filing – wait till they are dry, otherwise they will splinter and chip. When they are still wet, move the cuticles using a special spatula.
When your feet are dry, use a fine file or a scrub – this will smooth the skin and make your skin silky smooth to the touch. It will also enable active ingredients contained in the creams to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. After the treatment, rinse and dry your feet again.
An important treatment is to moisturise and nourish the skin with the right foot cream – chose an option adapted to your skin and problems. Massage the cream in circular movements, especially in heels and places exposed to frictions. If your skin is dry, cream layer should be thick – wrap your feet in the film and remove it one hour later. Do not wipe the remaining cream off – put cotton socks on.
If your feet are sweaty and smell, choose the right product preventing these problems – refreshing deodoriser or antiperspirant.