How to: use a foot file

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

How to use a foot file

Summer has to come to an end and your feet may be showing it. Wearing open shoes and spending a lot of time barefoot means our feet tend to become dry and sometimes even crack. Spend some time with a foot file and a good heel balm, and you will be back to smooth feet in no time. Here’s how:

  1. Give your feet a good soak in some warm soapy water and make sure they are clean. Don’t just stand in the shower and do this, sit on the end of your bathtub and put some effort in. By soaking your feet you are softening the tough and hard skin on your heels, which is always the troublesome area.
  2. Now that your feet are soft, take your foot file or pumice stone, and using a gentle pressure, slowly slough away the thicker area that is bothering you. This is usually the heels, the ball of you foot and the sides of the big toes. By using slow movements you will get better results than if you scrub quickly and scrape with hard pressure. Try not to let the skin get hot – you will know you are not doing a good job if this happens. Go over each area at least twice.
  3. Now that you have paid some attention to the areas underneath your feet, it’s time to move to the top of your foot. Clip your toenails and remember to push back your cuticles.
  4. If your feet still have some hard patches or they tend to be very dry, use an exfoliating scrub once a week.
  5. Once you are done with your foot file, remember to clean it off and get rid of any bacteria. You don’t want build-up.
  6. Apply a nourishing heel balm and massage it into your heels. Repeat this once a week until you are happy with the texture of your skin. It is always best to do this before bed so the product can absorb properly.

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or BeautySouthAfrica.com, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. WAFIQA ABBAS

    It feels so good when I pamper my feet :)

    2 years ago •

  1. Sashnee Rambaly

    I will definitely try this out.

    3 years ago •

  1. Melinda H Hamiel

    I will admit I have dry cracked heels. A foot file really helps get rid of dry heels as well as lotion or foot cream.

    3 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I love to go to the Salon and treat to a Pedicure. The feet and the nails are done for you and you feel different.

    3 years ago •

  1. MEL1SSA

    I have to get around to doing this when its cold, you can feel your dry heels scraping on the blanket!

    3 years ago •

  1. Esterhuizen

    Definitely doing this tonight!

    3 years ago •

  1. fay

    This is so handy. I will be doing this once a week for sure.

    3 years ago •

  1. Gabby Correia

    OOH, going to do this tonight!

    3 years ago •

  1. Kariwo

    Thanks for this. My feet actually get dry and crack in winter, so this will be a great addition to my beauty regime

    3 years ago •

  1. Jenna-Lee Pretorius

    My feet are terrible, and I always want to fix them myself but I never can, Now I know how so thank you .

    4 years ago •

  1. Cornelli

    This article came at just the right time because I was close to the point of giving up with my heels! This will def become part of my beauty routine

    4 years ago •

  1. Hess

    I love winter – now I can lather on the pedi cream and pull a sock on for deep moisturisation.

    4 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    I’ve always used the foot file on dry skin – Will try soaking first

    4 years ago •

  1. me

    Confession, I am guilty of ignoring the cuticles on my toes.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I’ve made it a habit and rule that I’m not allowed to step out of the shower until I’ve given my heels a light scrub – it makes such a big difference because my feet are always soft and has that healthy, pink tone on the soles. It makes wearing open shoes a pleasure since I tend to kick off my shoes when I’m sitting down.

    4 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    ooh I just gave myself a pedi on Monday. I soaked my feet in apple cider Vinegar & mouth wash(it really gets rid of the dead skin). I love to walk bare foot at home so my feet were really bad I also used the sorbet foot mask, I kept it overnight, my feet are almost as soft as a babies. :)

    4 years ago •

  1. Liezel Maree

    I’ve only recently learnt how to properly use my foot file, thanks to some advice from my beautician. It really makes a difference when you do it the correct way and the article above definitely compliments the advice my beautician offered.

    4 years ago •

  1. SashaR

    Aww, as much as this article is helpful, its normal everyday stuff that women know. The heading was deceitful to me as I though it was on how to literally use your foot file(assuming people are commonly using it wrongly) oh well. . Very well written and informative article none-the-less.

    4 years ago •

  1. Carina Vermooten

    Definitely going to do this tonight!

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Just because our feet will be in closed shoes, it doesn’t mean we can neglect them!

    4 years ago •

  1. Kiara

    Such a life saver! Definitely doing this today!

    4 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    These are quite useful. It’s always the heels and certain creams keep them soft only for a short period.

    4 years ago •

    1. thokozilemohohole

      Thank you so much. I need these.

      3 years ago •

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