How to use a pumice stone for foot health
Pumice Stones are the substances formed when lava from volcanic eruption mixes with and water. These substances are mildly abrasive in nature. This has made them found use as exfoliating agents. The pedicure industry is a popular place where they have become prominent tools or equipment.
They are often used to get rid of dry, rough, flaky dead skin. They are widely used in softening calluses and corns, which help to lessen friction – related problems of the foot.
While you can practically use pumice stone every day in caring for your feet, it is important that it is been used correctly. An improper usage could lead to excess shedding of skin, haemorrhage, and often time creates opening that would be prone to fungi and microbial attack which could lead to other complications.
It is also advisable you go for quality pumice stone products, as there are inferior products that would not give you your desired result.
We recommend Dr. Entre's Pumice stones as this product has strings attached to the four packs of pumice stones that comes with it, which make is easy to handle while using.
Steps to using Pumice stones
Below are practical guide to effectively use a pumice stone.
Soak your feet and dampen the pumice stone
For fast exfoliation, soak your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes before exfoliating, and also dampen your pumice stone to reduce its coarseness while making it less harsh to the skin. The importance of this is that, it will facilitate the procedure by softening the area to be exfoliated, that is the dry areas of your feet.
Once your skin is soft enough, and the pumice stone damp enough, gently rub the pumice stone against the dry skin in a circular motion to start exfoliating the dead skin. The dead skin is expected to start shedding off worn out skin from five minutes of rubbing the pumice stone against the calloused area or dead skin. To keep track of how much skin you're exfoliating, you should periodically pause to rinse the region and check if the hardened skin is being peeled and becoming soft. You should rinse the pumice stone periodically too, to wash off the dead skin collected on it.
Periodically use your hand to feel the softness of your skin after each round of exfoliation or rubbing. Continue rubbing the stone in a circular motion on the area for an additional minute if it still feels dry or hard. Once the affected areas become smooth and soft, you should stop. It is very important you ascertain quickly when the callused or corned region becomes soft, as continuous exfoliation would lead to skin irritation, bleeding, or scarring.
After you have reached certain degree of desired softness on the affected region of the feet, rinse the surface of the exfoliated skin with warm water and wash off your pumice stone as well "Pumice stones are incredibly porous and can collect your exfoliated skin in the pores. It is therefore very important to clean your pumice stone after use to preserve the integrity of the pumice stone.
You should apply your desired foot cream afterward to prolong the softness of the exfoliated region. You can continue this process as along as you desire, and provided that you don’t get to the point where your skin becomes irritated.
For what it is, Pumice stone is a very cheap foot care products which delivers on its promise, and above all, it is reusable. Its abrasive nature has made it a popular home remedy foot care tools, and has endured the test of time. It is a natural exfoliator that, when used properly, has several advantages.