I’ve tried most everything, and these are the BEST pedicure products for soft smooth feet and a salon worthy DIY pedicure.
Don’t give up on the dream of sandal ready feet until you try what I consider the BEST pedicure products for soft smooth feet. You can use these products in your own home~no salon pedicure required.
Sure, a salon pedicure is a great way to whip feet into shape. But results fade quickly, as the key to soft smooth feet is what you do routinely and in the comfort of your own home.
The first step to soft feet is exfoliation of dry skin. Every one of my “BEST products” involves some degree of exfoliation. To achieve maximum results~to get feet soft and keep them soft~all of these products should be used together and used consistently.
The second step to soft feet is moisturizing. Again, this must be done consistently for optimal results, and I outline my routine below.
Chemical exfoliation works by using chemicals or acids (fruit, glycolic, salicylic) to penetrate skin and stimulate peeling and removal. My absolute favorite product for chemical exfoliation is Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel. I discovered this in a spa years ago and have been using it faithlyfully since then. It contains 17 fruit acids that penetrate into dry skin and cause a completely natural chemical peel. To see exactly how this works, I shared my husband’s foot peel experience in Blown Away By Baby Foot.
Manual Exfoliation~Dry and Wet
Manual Dry Exfoliation
Dry exfoliation is basically using abrasive tools to remove skin from feet while they are dry (as opposed to wet). Feet exfoliate differently when dry, and I love the results of filing dry skin off of dry feet.
My favorite tool for dry exfoliation is the Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Pedicure Foot File (shown at right). It reminds me of a power sander for feet! It takes a bit of getting used to to learn exactly how to angle it during use. It is actually fun to use and really works. I am obsessed with it:-)
Note: If and when I do soak my feet for a pedi, I do it after the dry exfoliating process. I have tried the listerine vinegar foot soak (I wrote about it in this post) and may do it again when I have the time. It did make my feet feel cool and tingly, but if definitely didn’t exfoliate dry skin.
Manual Wet exfoliation.
Wet exfoliation is using various tools and products–scrubs, stones, files, and more–to remove skin from wet feet. My favorite form of wet exfoliation is using a foot scrub. I have two products that I love and use all the time. One is available at most stores for less than $5.00; the other is a DIY recipe that can be made for pennies at home.
My favorite retail foot scrub is Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub. I’ve tried scrubs in all price ranges and formulas, and I always come back to this budget savvy winner. It is thick, emollient, and luxurious. My favorite scent is Brazilian Nut, which has a fragrance similar to creme brûlée or a sugar cookie…..very sweet and “creamy.”
My favorite DIY homemade foot scrub is my own Listerine Vinegar Sugar Scrub. It is fresh, invigorating, and a lovely soft shade of celadon (if you use green Listerine). I created this scrub after reading about the potential benefits of vinegar and Listerine shared by Dr. Jo Herzog in this Family Savvy post. This scrub leaves feet slightly tingly due to the minty Listerine, but for a more dramatic mint sensation, essential oils could be added. I keep a jar of this on the side of my garden tub and give my feet a quick, rejuvenating scrub every day before I bathe or shower. There is a huge difference in my feet since I’ve been doing this.
The final step to soft smooth feet is deep moisturizing.
Family Savvy contributing dermatologist Dr. Jo Herzog recommends Cutemol Emollient Cream for deep moisturizing. I have used it, and it is excellent. I also love the Tree Hut Shea Body Butter and use it as well. It costs less than the Cutemol and comes in some wonderful scents.
To get best results from either of the moisturizers, applying to damp feet before bed is ideal. Cover with socks to seal in moisture, and you’ll wake up to baby soft feet.
After getting feet supple and soft, all that is left is the standard routine of trimming cuticles and shaping and polishing nails. I polish and buff the tops of my toenails, then apply my favorite polish. After this, my feet look and feel fantastic!
I’d love to hear back from you if you try this or if you have any savvy tips for a great pedi. I am so grateful to you for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!