Pumice Stone For Feet Exfoliation
So you’ve neglected your feet for a few months or maybe a few years and they’re starting to look like caveman’s feet. What do you do next? Grab a modern day beauty gadget that comes with batteries, directions, and something that looks like a cheese grater, OR do what our caveman ancestors did and grab an exfoliating pumice stone?
There are many benefits to dry brushing and exfoliating in the bath or shower, but exfoliating feet is often forgotten about. This is a travesty and exfoliating feet should be a part of everyone's self-care routine. Exfoliating your feet is the only way to guarantee that your feet are in top condition no matter if you’re a professional athlete or are looking to optimize your mobility as you age. More importantly, your feet will be more attractive to your partner and prevent you from getting painful and itchy cracked skin on your feet. As we age it becomes more and more important to pay attention to your foot health and exfoliate.
Best Pumice Stone For Feet
According to Byrdie (one of our favorite beauty sites), pumice stones are one of the most popular products to remove dead skin and calluses, but at Spa-Da we have created something better. Pumice stones have historically been very popular for professional and at home spa treatments, but many self-care customers remain confused when it comes to how to use pumice stone for feet and ALL the top beauty websites are missing the boat when it comes to "ground pumice". - Keep reading to learn about ground pumice, foot bath bombs, and how we created the Foot Fizzy, the bath bomb, moisturizer, and exfoliator for your feet!
What is a Pumice Stone?
Pumice stones are light, porous, and abrasive stones that are formed in oceans when lava and water mix together. Pumice stones are so light and porous that NASA’s Earth Observatory has reported that a “raft of pumice stones” are drifting in the ocean south of Fiji. The space agency reported that this natural phenomenon was created from air that was released from underwater volcanic activity and that got trapped within the buoyant rocks.
How to use pumice stone for feet?
The porous nature of pumice stones make them great natural exfoliators, but over-exfoliation is a real possibility with pumice stones. If you’re using too much muscle you can quickly cause inflammation and redness. However, pumice stones are a gentler option when compared to foot files and alternative exfoliators.
To use a traditional pumice stone you'll first want to make sure your pumice stone is clean and then soften your skin by soaking your feet for 5 minutes. The water should be warm water and for best results exfoliators should mix in Epsom salt, baking soda, and a moisturizing oil (or just use a Foot Fizzy). The soaking process can be done in your bath tub or a large basin (cooking pot) for your feet. During this soaking process your should also be soaking your pumice stone and you should never use a dry pumice stone on your skin.
After your feet have softened your skin, you’ll want to grab your wet pumice stone and gently exfoliator the rough areas of our feet. This gentle exfoliation process should take roughly 2-3 minutes per dry callus or corn. If you don’t have any noticeable calluses or corns you’ll want to gently exfoliate your entire foot to remove dead skin. Light circular motions should be utilized and be careful not to exfoliate too hard, too much exfoliation will cause bleeding and a potential infection. After exfoliating your feet don’t forget to lock in the moisture with a natural based balm, cream or lotion. If you feel pain during the exfoliating process you should stop immediately and don’t forget to wash or boil your pumice stone after your at home exfoliation.
How Often Should You Use a Pumice Stone on Your Feet?
For best results feet should be exfoliated with pumice stone 1-3 times per week. If you don’t have a designated foot soaking tub this may be a difficult task, but pumice stone exfoliation can also be done during showers or baths. It is also perfectly okay to use pumice stones on a daily basis, but exfoliators need to be gentle and be aware of over-exfoliation signs. Over-exfoliation may increase your chances of developing a foot infection. Furthermore, the more times you use your pumice stone the more times you’ll need to clean it using antimicrobial soaps, cleaning solutions, or boiling water.
Pumice Stone vs Foot File
Both pumice stones and foot files can exfoliate your skin, but one’s a natural and gentle exfoliator, while the other is made from petrochemicals, can be overly abrasive and even tear your skin.
Pumice stones have been around before the age of time and have geologically aged to perfection over millions of years. Pumice stones are made all around the world through natural volcanic activity, while foot files are a man-made invention that is derived from petrochemicals and manufactured in Asian sweatshops. Pumice stones are better for the environment, but they’re also better for our feet. Foot files are also more abrasive than pumice stone and if you’re going to give yourself an at home pedicure you’ll have fewer risks when using all natural pumice.
At Spa-Da we've discovered that the best pumice stone for feet is actually ground pumice stone. Ground pumice isn’t as popular as traditional pumice stones, but this is changing quickly. Pumice stones are largely used to exfoliate dead skin to and create smooth and sexy feet, but pumice stones can also easily damage your skin and breed bacteria. If you’re not properly trained on how to use pumice stones you can easily remove too much skin and cause bleeding or infection. The smallest cut can turn into a fungal infection that becomes a much bigger problem then dry and callused feet. For this reason, pumice stones must be cleaned and sterilized after every use. People who have diabetes, poor circulation, or thin skin should avoid pumice stones and be cautious about over doing their exfoliation.
Foot Fizzy - Ground Pumice
The Foot Fizzy is the first bath bomb that is specifically for your feet. The Spa-Da Foot Fizzy isn't like our traditional bath bombs, but it's formulated with ground pumice that is gentle on the skin and is a one time use product that conditions your foot soak water and is used as an exfoliator. That's right, no need to sterilize your Foot Fizzy after every use. One Foot Fizzy will provide one foot soak our 2-3 showers.
After letting your feet soak for 5 minutes you drop in our Foot Fizzy to condition your water and begin the exfoliation process. Users can hold the Foot Fizzy in their hand and gently massage the desired area just like a regular pumice stone. The Foot Fizzy is formulated to slowly dissolve in the water, and as it does, it conditions the water with baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt, shea butter, and lemon essential oil and tea tree oil.
Adding a pumice stone Foot Fizzy to your bath is a great way to remove dead skin from your feet, but also your elbow and knees. If a full on bath isn’t in the cards, grab the biggest pot in your kitchen, fill it up with warm water, and drop a Foot Fizzy. Boost your mood and improve your foot health and hygiene with weekly foot soaks.
Shower Tip: If you’re using Foot Fizzies in the shower you’ll want to keep the foot fizzy out of the water when not in use. Keeping your Foot Fizzy dry will extend its use and allow you to use the same fizzy for multiple showers. The ground pumice in the Foot Fizzy is also great for exfoliating other areas of your body.
What else is a pumice stone good for?
The use of pumice stone for feet has a long history, but what else can it be used for? Outside of feet, pumice stones and ground pumice can be used to exfoliate and remove dry skin all over your body. Ground pumice is often added to the highest quality and most luxurious soaps, scrubs, and other exfoliating personal care products.
Pumice stone alternatives
If you’re looking to avoid pumice stones all together a regular washcloth can work, but we suggest trying out the Spa-Da Bungee Spongee. Washcloths are boring and your kids hate using them. The Bungee Spongee can act as a regular sponge or luffa, but its patented technology allows it to expand to get hard to reach areas on your back side. However, similar to a pumice stone, users will need to be concerned about bacteria growth and the bungee spongee will require washing or replacement after consistent use.