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Crepe paper toes and heel cracks the size of a canyon aren’t just nasty to look at; they’re your skin’s cry for help. While you can ignore dry skin for awhile, when your feet start snagging the sofa cushion, it’s time to take action. The first step in softening up those tootsies is sloughing off all the dead parts. Although it will require several treatments, your feet will soon be high-stepping with healthy-looking skin.

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Fill a small tub with enough warm water to cover your feet, and set it near a comfortable seating location. Place a large towel nearby.

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Place your feet into the water and let them soak for 10 to 15 minutes to soften.

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Remove your left foot from the tub and place a pumice stone on the bottom of your foot. Apply light pressure to the stone, and move it in a circular motion to dislodge any dry, dead skin. Rinse the stone in the tub of water. Then put your foot back into the tub.

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Lift your right foot out of the water and gently slough off the dry skin on the bottom using the pumice stone. Again, use light pressure and a gentle circular motion on the foot.

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Put your foot and the pumice stone back into the water to rinse off the dead skin.

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Remove both feet from the water and place them on the large towel. Wrap the towel over your feet to dry the tops and in between each toe.

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Apply a thick layer of foot moisturizing lotion over all surfaces of your feet before bed each night. Wrap plastic wrap around each foot and then cover the plastic wrap with a pair of cotton socks to hold the moisture in while you sleep. Look for moisturizers that are designed for dry skin, as they have extra soothing ingredients.

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Massage in a light layer of petroleum jelly each morning to soften the skin during the day. The jelly seals in moisture to prevent additional dry skin, and it helps soften remaining dead skin to make it easier to remove. Apply additional coats of petroleum jelly up to three times per day.

Warning

If your feet are painful, develop sores or if they have deep cracks, visit a podiatrist, as you may have a more serious foot ailment.

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.