Make them minty fresh
The benzoic acid in Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash has a mild acidic effect to soften dead skin, says Papri Sarkar, MD, a board-dermatologist in Brookline, MA. The ethanol may also help protect from odor-causing bacteria. Sarkar warns that it’s important to dilute the mouthwash or you risk causing irritation. Mix one part Listerine to 2 parts water and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes.
Sleep in socks
Treat scaly, cracked feet while you sleep. Dr. Sarkar suggests this bedtime ritual: Soak feet in tepid water for ten minutes then apply a thick cream like Cerave or an ointment like Vaseline and put on socks. The hydrating ingredients will seep into dehydrated skin overnight to soften your soles and heal cracks. Here are other ways to give your feet some TLC.
Soothe with a yogurt mask
For a cheap alternative to that high-end cream, try coating dry feet and hands in full-fat yogurt. The lactic acid in yogurt acts as a natural exfoliant to gently remove dead skin while the fats restore moisture. For an extra boost, mix a teaspoon of raw honey into the yogurt before slathering on your skin (it’s super hydrating). Leave the mask on for ten minutes before rinsing off.