Before going to bed, prepare a soak for your feet, to soften them up and start nourishing the skin. Pour hot water into a large tub, and add in the lavender oil, tree oil, and sea salt – soak your feet in this for around 20 to 25 minutes. This will prove an invigorating treatment for your feet – the lavender oil will serve to relax your feet, the tree oil will cleanse the feet of any infection-causing bacteria, and the sea salt will heal any cuts or irritations on the skin of your feet.
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Once you have soaked your feet in the water for a while, take the pumice stone, and rub it all over the soles of your feet, especially the heels as these have an added tendency to get dry and tough. Rubbing all over with the pumice stone will loosen up and remove any dead skin that might be clinging to the bottom of your feet.
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After getting rid of the dead skin, rinse your feet with lukewarm water, and pat them dry gently with a soft towel. Then, rub a generous amount of shortening all over your feet, massaging it in and lathering it on. Once this is done, put on some white socks, and go to bed – this will keep your feet hydrated all night, and allow the moisturising powers of the shortening to work their magic overnight.
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In addition to using this treatment at night, you can employ several methods throughout the day to heal dry feet. Combine Vaseline and lemon juice and rub this mixture into your feet several times during the day, to keep them moisturised. You can also soak cotton balls in a mixture of glycerine and rose water – keep this in a bowl, and use them to wipe your feet several times throughout the day.
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