During the winter I essentially live in fuzzy socks morning and night. Needless to say, my foot care gets pretty lax. Warm weather means flip flop season, which means it’s time to start paying attention to the condition of my toes again! The older I get, the more I notice my feet are prone to dryness and calluses. No matter how many oils, lotions, and potions I slather on after showering (trust me, it’s a lot!), I’m still liable to get those extra hard, dry patches. Luckily, I’ve found a handful of products that help get my feet in presentable-condition without a lot of time or money. Exhibit A: the Zoya/Qtica Callus Action Quick Gel.
I’ll admit, the packaging is a little gimmicky, but I’ve come to trust Zoya’s quality so I wasn’t too put off. At $24, it’s not the cheapest callus gel I’ve seen, but it’s still on par with the cost of a single pedicure. The formula is a relatively thick clear gel that looks and feels similar to the ones used for pedicures in salons. The instructions are simple: soak your feet, apply to callused areas, wait 3-5 minutes, then gently facilitate the removal of dead skin with whatever exfoliating tool you prefer. I have a pumice stone from Sally’s Beauty that I typically reach for, but I’ve used cheapo foot buffers from the dollar store successfully, too. I imagine even a rougher washcloth would work. The real magic is the gel. It doesn’t sting or irritate my skin at all; in fact, I don’t even feel it while it’s on. But it’s clearly pretty powerful stuff, because after letting it soak into my feet, I only need to gently run the pumice stone over the “problem areas” and the rough, dead skin comes right off. Afterwards, I apply a generous layer of oil or moisturizer. The result is noticeably smoother, softer, healthier-feeling and looking feet with minimal effort. In short: this gel + warm water + a pumice stone = soft, callus-free feet in 5 minutes.
How do you get your feet ready for spring and summer?