By the end of the summer, it’s safe to say our feet have taken a serious beating. From various trips to the beach to endless days in sandals and flip-flops, our feet are exposed to hot and rough elements. As a result, callused feet seems to be the common diagnosis once fall rolls around. Even though our poor feet get covered up with socks and boots this time of year, it’s less than fair to make ourselves endure rough feet year-round (since pedicures can only do so much).
Enter a revolutionary new at-home treatment you can concoct with items you probably already have in your bathroom and kitchen. In Jane Buckingham's pseudo-bible for the everyday woman, The Modern Girl's Guide to Modern Life, she reveals the secret ingredient to perfect pedis: aspirin. While many of you may know that crushed aspirin and water is a great anti-inflammatory hack for blemishes, the aminosalicylic acid in aspirin also helps slough off dead skin on your feet. Add a bit of lemon juice to the mixture—which helps the aspirin better penetrate the skin and cast off dead cells—and you’re on your way to smoother, softer heels.
The recipe is as follows: six crushed aspirin pills, one teaspoon of water, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply this mixture over problem areas, and cover with a warm washcloth. Let the mixture penetrate the skin for about 10 minutes, then rinse. When you’re done, step into the shower, buff the areas with a pumice stone, rinse, pat dry, and you’re good to go!
For best buffing results, we recommend the Revlon Pumice Stone ($4).
What tips do you have for smooth feet? Let us know in the comments!