Why do corns develop on your feet?
Corns are the result of a defense mechanism of the skin, which retracts and thickens when overused (friction of the tissues against a hard surface). The risk of developing them is higher in the summer due to the direct friction of the soles of your feet against sandals or the floor. In addition, heat and dryness promote the increased dehydration of the feet, which don’t have any pilosebaceous glands (which produce sebum) and therefore, by definition, dry out very easily.
A 5-step home treatment to soften the feet
In the evening, before going to bed, treat yourself to an hour of well-being with the following ritual.
Step 1: a relaxing bath
Soak your feet for a good half-hour in a bath full of moisturizing and emollient active ingredients. You can choose from a bath with cider vinegar (500 mL for a tub filled with around 5 litres of water) or a bit of glycerin (10 mL), or a baking soda bath (2 Tbsp.) enriched with a moisturizing cream scented with essential oil of lavender for a spa atmosphere. Then, dry your feet with a towel, but without rubbing to prevent the dead skin from hardening again.
Step 2: a gentle sanding
Use a pumice stone or an exfoliation glove to remove the softened excess skin. Take care to remove as many corns as possible, but don’t overdo it, since the skin on the heel must remain thick enough to fulfill its support function. This step prepares the skin on your feet to receive moisturizing and restorative treatments.
Step 3: a thorough exfoliation
The skin will be slightly rough after the sanding. Use an exfoliating gel for your feet or prepare your own scrub at home to soften it: mix 1 tablespoon of salt or sugar, 50 g of corn flour, and a few drops of essential oil of peppermint. Add a bit of water until you achieve a good consistency and massage your feet with the resulting paste, then rinse and dry them well.
Step 4: massage with vegetable oils
The ritual continues with a restorative massage using oils: you can choose from shea butter, argan oil, sesame oil, or olive oil, all of which have moisturizing and regenerative properties. Massage your feet for 3 to 5 minutes, focusing on the areas with corns. This treatment should be carried out every day, especially in the summer when you’re not wearing closed-toed shoes.
Step 5: nourishing treatment with sweet almond oil
To regain feet as soft as a baby’s, finish the ritual with one final massage, this time with sweet almond oil. Then, wear socks all night to promote the penetration of the active ingredients. When you wake up, your feet will be soft and the corns will have completely disappeared!
Tips to prevent them from reappearing
- Repeat this ritual every two weeks, especially in the summer!
- Avoid walking barefoot at home: wear slippers on the floor;
- Wear closed-toed shoes more often so your feet don’t dry out too quickly on contact with the hot, dry summer air;
- Moisturize your feet regularly with foot creams or vegetable oils.