What is the best way to get rid of dry skin on your feet, forever?

(95 Posts)
TheFlyingOnion Sun 12-Jun-11 19:43:56

I have neglected my feet for ages (don't even get me started on my toenails), but now I want to give them a makeover.

I have dry, flaky skin around my heels and have tried one of those Scholl pumice stone things but tbh its not making much difference.

What's the best way to get them looking baby soft?

My friend used to do hers with a stanley knife, but I'd prefer something a bit less dangerous grin

FriedaRoam Sun 12-Jun-11 19:45:40

go to a chrirop
then bundle says that the flexitol cream is crap compared to compeed dry heel cream

TheFlyingOnion Sun 12-Jun-11 19:48:53

compeed dry heel cream is the way forward, is it? A cream seems so much easier that sawing it off like a loon every night.

I didn't think the chiropodist did stuff like dry skin, I though they were for ingrowing nails and the like...

sharbie Sun 12-Jun-11 19:50:10

they will slice it off with scapel
doesn't hurt but will come back
also loads of cream/lotion

don't think there is a forever solution

FriedaRoam Sun 12-Jun-11 19:51:53

no they do
go there first and get it all sorted and your nails too

then cream like a loon

SheCutOffTheirTails Sun 12-Jun-11 19:51:59

Chiropodists do do dry skin, but unless you have problems with bending over you don't need to see one for dry flaky heel skin.

Get a good foot file (not sure that is proper name) - soak your feet, file off the dry skin, use a foot scrub, then a good heel cream.

If you do this reasonably regularly (and it's quite a treat, really) your feet will improve very quickly.

You'll have to do it more often if you are wearing sandals during the summer, as that is tougher on your heels.

FriedaRoam Sun 12-Jun-11 19:52:18

and then get a scraper from loyds pharmacy
called a corn remover
is like a cheese slicer and rather addictive

FriedaRoam Sun 12-Jun-11 19:52:36

gah
filing no good for real crap skin

TheFlyingOnion Sun 12-Jun-11 19:54:45

cheese slicer??? <<boak>>

I think I'll kick off with some nivea as that's all I've got in atm and maybe sleep in some socks so it can sink in slowly.

I'll be slathered every night. Thank you ladies!

ChardonnayGirl2 Sun 12-Jun-11 19:54:54

Soak your feet for 30 mins in a hot bath, so the skin is all white, then take a corn knife and shave bits off your heel a la parmesan.

Utterly grim but very satisfying and sorts the dead skin out a treat....

TheFlyingOnion Sun 12-Jun-11 19:56:47

oh lord I'll see if I can pick one up. Certainly sounds like it does the job!

Do you get a little "step" where the shaved bit meets the foot ifswim?

lulaloop Sun 12-Jun-11 19:56:50

Chiropody is the way to go, they sort you out and then you can keep it up.

TheFlyingOnion Sun 12-Jun-11 19:57:02

sorry should be iyswim

theothermrsclooney Sun 12-Jun-11 19:58:55

Try this...

http://www.thisworks.com/home/shop/12-body-care/100-body-moisturiser/perfect-heels-rescue-balm?gclid=CIeyuPuFsakCFQEY4Qodsx3EJw

Made a huge difference to my heels. I can't be bothered to faff about with a pumice stone (no time, too lazy???) but don't need to with this. Even DH uses it on his feet!

BerryLellow Sun 12-Jun-11 20:00:10

Aloe vera gel is amazing, sorted out dp's hideous feet.

Cartoonjane Sun 12-Jun-11 20:57:49

Every night before you go to sleep slather on some sort of thick moisturising cream. I use epaderm that I have for eczema. If you do it every night it will make a genuine difference over time.

Files etc work temporarily but it all soon comes back.

PinotGrigiosKittens Sun 12-Jun-11 21:00:53

Yes yes you have to keep it up. It gets addictive though. I like a good scrubbing wink

Soap & Glory's Heel Genius is amazing - it has fruit acids in it to break down the skin and so aid the removal. Onion you get it at Douglas stores. Or vaseline under socks.

Al0uiseG Sun 12-Jun-11 21:02:42

Pedi cream is excellent, it's full of Aha's. I'll run a search and come back with a link.

TheFlyingOnion Sun 12-Jun-11 21:08:15

Douglas!!! You're a star, we actually have Douglases (Douglai?) over here...

PinotGrigiosKittens Sun 12-Jun-11 21:10:23

<curtseys> smile Get the Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss - makes lips all pouty and kissable for Bloke wink

FIFIBEBE Sun 12-Jun-11 21:10:44

Margaret Dabbs foot file once a week then Margaret Dabbs Emu oil twice daily is the only thing that has ever worked for me. Tried loads of products over the years. No matter how much skin is filed away it will always harden if not moisturised properly. Had a chirop appt with Margaret Dabbs herself which was super expensive but did give me the incentive to keep up the good work, IYKWIM

K999 Sun 12-Jun-11 21:11:41

The best way to get rid of dry skin on your feet is to walk bare foot, whilst walking dogs, chatting happily to a German bloke. grin

PinotGrigiosKittens Sun 12-Jun-11 21:15:17

<high fives K>

K999 Sun 12-Jun-11 21:16:41

Right back atcha Pinot grin

petaluma Sun 12-Jun-11 21:17:38

You can buy a kind of cheese grater for the feet called 'Ped Egg' which I got in Asda for less than a tenner (just don't leave it lying around in the kitchen...!)

If I can be arsed, I put on some old hideous plastic verruca socks (the kind of ones you used to have to wear for school swimming lessons) after I've plastered some cream on them and sleep wearing them.

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