Dry winter air affects all of my skin to some extent, but nowhere does it wreak more havoc than my heels! They get really dry and flaky, and if I’m not extremely diligent about applying lotion, they’ll even develop deep, cracks that can make it painful to walk.
But I’m hardly the only one who suffers from dry heels, especially during the winter months. So when I recently came across an intriguing treatment that promised to help exfoliate and revitalize extremely dry feet, I knew I had to give it a try so I could share it here with you—not just for my own sake, but for all of ours! 🙂
How Does It Work?
This exfoliating treatment banishes dead skin with the help of two household ingredients I bet you many of you already have on hand: aspirin and lemon juice! Not only are aspirin and lemon juice widely available, but they’re also inexpensive and highly effective for fighting dry skin.
Aspirin contains aminosalicylic acid, a cousin of salicylic acid which is commonly found in acne treatments. This acid helps break the bond between rough, dead skin cells and the top layer of your skin, helping to slough off that tough layer on the bottom of your feet that can get so dry during the winter. (The effects of aminosalicylic acid are why aspirin plays a starring role in my favorite DIY toner too!)
Like aspirin, lemon juice also contains natural acids that not only help to remove dead cells, but also help the aminosalicylic acid penetrate more deeply into the skin. The two work together to reveal soft, supple skin from beneath those layers of tough dryness.
So now that you know what goes into this treatment and how the ingredients work, it’s time to learn how to put it to good use! 🙂
DIY Exfoliating Treatment For Dry Feet
- 5-6 non-coated aspirin (or 2-3 packets of BC Powder)
- 1 lemon
- Small mixing bowl
- Foot bath, dishpan, or similar sized container
- Plastic wrap
- Clean socks
- Pumice stone or foot file
- Moisturizing lotion (the richer, the better!)
Step 1 – Prep
Place the aspirin tablets or aspiring powder your small mixing bowl and set it aside, then fill up your foot bath or dishpan with hot water. (You’ll come back to the aspirin a little later, but it helps to put them somewhere easily accessible so you don’t have to go tracking wet footprints through the house later on!)
Step 2 – Soak
Next, soak your feet in the hot water for about 20 minutes. Just before you’re done soaking, squeeze as much of the juice from the lemon as you can into the bowl of aspirin. Use a fork or spoon to smash up the aspirin tablets (if using) and mix until the aspirin and lemon juice form a gritty paste.
Step 3 – Apply Aspirin Mixture
When your soaking time is up, take your feet out of the water and dry them thoroughly with a towel. Then scoop up some of the aspirin paste and apply to the bottoms of your feet, paying special attention to the dryest areas.
Step 4 – Cover And Wait
Next, grab the plastic wrap and use it to wrap each of your feet to hold the aspirin mixture in place. When your feet are all wrapped up, put a pair of clean socks on over the plastic wrap to secure it, then leave it on for at least 2 hours.
(It can feel a little weird and possibly slippery to walk around with the plastic wrap and socks on, so I suggest watching a movie, reading a book, or working on some other activity you can do sitting down!)
Step 5 – Rinse And Exfoliate
When the treatment time is up, remove the socks and plastic wrap (preferably in or over your bathtub to avoid making any messes) and rinse your feet thoroughly. Follow up with pumice stone or loofah to help slough off the loosened skin, which should come off shockingly easily!
Step 6 – Moisturize
When you’re all done, rinse your feet again and then apply a generous amount of your favorite rich moisturizing lotion (or a good amount of Sleep Salve if it’s close to bedtime!) Your feet should be markedly softer and smoother, and much easier to keep hydrated!
So if you’ve been struggling with dry or cracked heels, give this extra-strength exfoliating treatment a try and let me know what you think!
What sorts of things do you do to fight winter dryness?