The feet work hard all day, taking you everywhere you want to go, so it makes sense to look after them. There's nothing more unattractive than hard, dry skin on the heels, and callouses can make the feet feel very uncomfortable.
One way to keep feet looking and feeling good is to exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells and soften the skin. You don't need to spend a fortune on expensive concoctions - some of the best natural exfoliators for the feet are sitting right there in your store cupboard, fridge or fruit bowl.
These superfruits are packed with vitamins, and they make an excellent foot exfoliator as well, so they beneft you both inside and outside. Mash about 8 strawberries, and combine with two tablespoons of olive oil and a tablespoon of coarse sea salt. Massage the feet with the paste, applying pressure to boost the circulation and attack areas of hardened skin. Allow the paste to do its work for 15 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Give the feet a final rinse in cold water, and feel the difference.
Crushed almonds mixed with olive oil and coarse sea salt is another great natural exfoliator. The pieces of almond work to remove hard skin, and the natural oils nourish and moisturise the feet. Mix and use in the same way as the strawberry exfoliator.
Don't throw away the grounds when you clean out the coffee pot. Mix a cup of grounds with a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of coarse sea salt. Apply in the same way as the strawberry and almond scrubs. Coffee also helps to tone the skin, so you might want to mix a double quantity and use it as an all over exfoliant.
For a quick treatment for callouses on the feet, cut a lemon into slices and rub over areas of hard skin. Spend at least 10 - 15 minutes on this. This treatment also helps to whiten discoloured skin on the feet, and it's not quite so messy as exfoliating pastes.
The coarse consistency of oatmeal makes it ideal as an exfoliator. Blend a cup of oatmeal to the consistency of coarse sea salt, then stir in a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of cream. This should be real, thick cream, not the spray kind or low fat variety. You're not going to eat it, so the fat content won't hurt you. In fact, it will help to moisturise your feet. Apply and leave for around 15 minutes, then massage the feet for a few minutes to boost circulation before rinsing off.
Try one of these natural exfoliators soon, and give yourself happy feet!