How to Use a Pumice Stone for Softer, Smoother Feet

You’ll wonder why you didn’t pick one up sooner.

byLauren West-Rosenthal| PUBLISHED Jul 15, 2020 1:25 PM
How to Use a Pumice Stone for Softer, Smoother Feet
Buff away tough soles. Matt Hardy, Unsplash

What the heck is a pumice stone and why does it work such wonders on our feet? Pumice stones form when lava and water mix together. When the lava cools rapidly, it results in a porous, foamy-looking texture that can help remove dry and dead skin. This isn’t a modern discovery—the pumice stone has been a known exfoliation tool going back as far back as 100 B.C. Our ancient ancestors discovered that the stone, while light, was abrasive enough to lift dead skin and smooth out texture on areas such as the feet, knees and elbows. Here’s what you need to know so your feet are prepped and you get the most out of the experience.

Thick but not greasy, this one penetrates deeply.

Before using a pumice stone, be sure to soak your feet in warm water for at least five minutes or until the skin starts to soften. Then wet your pumice stone and start rubbing it on your soles to slough off the dead skin.

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This one is especially great for exfoliating cracked heels.

To start removing dead skin, rub your pumice stone in circular motions over the affected areas. Depending on the thickness, light to medium pressure for about three minutes should suffice. Don’t be alarmed if you see dead skin start to visibly accumulate on the stone—that means it’s doing its job! After, be sure to towel dry your feet and layer on lotion to moisturize your newly softened skin.

The loops of cord allow you to easily hang these up to dry.

One of the most important things to remember about a pumice stone is to clean it after every use. A simple rinse with soap and water can ensure bacteria and fungus won’t grow inside the stone’s pores. Let the stone dry completely before storing.