Summer is approaching. Are your feet ready? Chances are, your feet need a little help to look great in a pair of sandals or flip flops. Wearing socks and shoes all winter often leads to dry feet and rough, cracked, and calloused heels.
The good news is it’s easy to bring a little life back into your feet and get your heels back to baby-smooth in no time. And, you don't have to buy any expensive creams or toxic ingredients to do it.
The secret to smooth feet is healthy oils and a way to trap them against your skin overnight. By doing this, callouses and dry feet will be moisturized and look great.
Coconut Oil Foot Wrap: Supplies & Preparation
In order to make your feet smooth, you'll need a few basic supplies. You probably have these in your house already.
You will need:
- Coconut oil
- Plastic wrap
- A pair of thick socks
You could also use other oils (such as lard) in place of coconut oil, though coconut oil is what I recommend. Coconut butter works well, too.
I DO NOT recommend using petroleum jelly. I ignorantly suggested using this in the past. Since then, I have learned just how bad petroleum jelly can be.
Petroleum has been found to increase your risk of cancer. On top of that, it's just plain bad for your skin because it doesn't allow it to “breathe”.
Links to why you should avoid petroleum products:
- Say No to Petroleum Products
- Petroleum and Mineral Oil: Bad News for Your Skin
- Petroleum Jelly Side Effects
- Coconut Oil Outperforms Dangerous Petroleum Body Care Products
Plan to do this foot wrap right before bed; Trust me, you don’t want to try walking around the house once you get your feet all wrapped up and ready to go.
The easiest way to do it is to gather all of your supplies in your bedroom and prepare your foot wrap as soon as you crawl into bed at night.
Coconut Foot Wrap Instructions
If you have a natural moisturizer that you like, rub it into your feet first.
Next, coat your feet with coconut oil (or whatever oil you are using.)
Wrap your feet in the plastic wrap and then put socks on. The plastic wrap ensures that the oil fully absorbs into your skin and not into the socks. That's it. You’re done. You’ll be amazed at the improvement in your feet the next morning.
Depending on how bad your heels and feet are, it could take a couple of nights to get your feet ready for showing off. When your feet get worn out from being exposed to the elements this summer, just do it again; It’s simple and it’s cheap.
If you have very thick callouses on your feet, you may also want to do a foot soak and use a callous remover or pumice stone to reduce the callous beforehand. These work like a file (think a nail file, except it's for your heals and not your nails.)
Enjoy your summer with beautiful feet!