Pumice is formed when hot lava mixes with water and hardens, resulting in a porous and abrasive stoneperfect for sloughing away dry skin. To use a pumice stone, soften the calloused skin in warm water, wet thestone, then gently rub the stone over the area using circular motions until you remove the dead skin.
To maintain soft, smooth feet, use a pumice stone on your feet between one and three times a week. If you don’t have the time to soak your feet regularly, use thepumice stone after showering when your skin is softest.
Pumice is formed when hot lava mixes with water and hardens, resulting in a porous and abrasive stone perfect for sloughing away dry skin. To use a pumice stone, soften the calloused skin in warm water, wet the stone, then gently rub the stone over the area using circular motions until you remove the dead skin. In addition to its primary purpose exfoliating skin, you can also use pumice to remove hair, remove pills from fabric, and even clean your toilet.
1. Soak your calloused skin in warm water. The most common part of the body to exfoliate with a pumice stone is the feet. Heels tend to develop a layer of hard, calloused skin that can become cracked or scaled. Your elbows are another area that may benefit from exfoliation. Soak the calloused body part in warm water for about five minutes to soften the skin.
- If you’re working on your feet, you may want to fill a bowl with warm water and soak your feet in the bowl.
- For other parts of the body, pumicing as part of your shower may be easiest.
2. Wait until your dry skin has softened. The skin will be easier to remove if it’s soft and supple. Feel your skin after several minutes of soaking. If it still feels tough, wait a few more minutes (giving the water a warm-up if necessary). If it’s soft, your skin is ready for the pumice stone.
3. Wet the stone. Wetting the stone will help it slide more easily across your skin, rather than catching on it. Run the stone under warm water, or dip it in the water where you’re soaking your skin, in order to thoroughly wet it.
4. Rub it gently over the calloused area. Use a circular motion to start sloughing away the dead skin with the pumice stone. If the skin is nice and soft, it should start coming right off. Keep going until you remove the dead skin and get to the fresh, supple skin underneath.
- Don’t press too hard. Light pressure is all that is needed; let the surface of the stone do the work.
- If you’re working on your feet, focus on the heels, the sides of your toes, and other areas where dry skin tends to build up.
5. Rinse and repeat. Rinse off the dead skin and take a look to see if you need to keep going. If you still see bits of dead skin, go over the area again with the pumice stone. Continue using the stone on the area until you’re satisfied with the results.
- Since the pumice stone will wear down slightly while you use it, you may need to turn it over to get a fresh surface you can use to exfoliate your skin.
- Rinse the pumice stone often to keep its surface clean and effective.
6. Dry and moisturize your skin. When you’re finished, use a towel to pat your skin dry. Coat the area with an oil or cream to prevent it from drying out too quickly. Your formerly calloused skin should now be soft, supple and gleaming.
- Coconut oil, almond oil, or body lotion are all fine to use to condition your skin after pumicing.
- Repeat as often as needed to keep your skin in good shape.