How to Remove Dead Skin from Feet Without Going to the Spa

Your feet may not be your first priority when it comes to anything, but it’s definitely one of the most hardworking parts of your body and you should really thank it for that. Neglecting the appearance of your feet may not be a big deal since you can always cover it up with pretty shoes, but come summertime, you’ll definitely regret not paying more attention to them.

If you feel that your feet are teeming with dead skin, don’t worry or feel ashamed. Everyone deals with it. The average person sheds about a million skin cells every day. Now, even with a million skin cells you’re shedding out of the trillions that you have, your feet still tends to look dry and feel rough and that’s normal too.


The good news is that you can get your feet to feel soft like a baby’s bum again by helping your skin out with the exfoliation process. Some of the dead skin are easy to remove but there are ones that cling and stick a little harder than the others and that is where dead skin cell removal comes in.

There are plenty of ways that you can get rid of these dead skin that are keeping your feet from looking nice and healthy. Perhaps the easiest and most popular one is going to the spa for a proper foot spa session. Of course, this option is one of the priciest ones as well. If you’re trying to save, though, or you’re just not the kind to believe in overpaying for beautiful feet, we got you covered.

In this article, you will find three different ways to remove dead skin from feet without going to the spa.. All these methods require things that are mostly probably already in your home. If there are ever things that you need to buy, they probably won’t cost as much as a foot spa session.

How to Remove Dead Skin from Feet

Now, we have three different ways of effectively removing dead skin from your feet. Each of these call for different “ingredients” but they’re mostly similar in tons of ways.

1. Shaving Method

​The shaving method is one of the most effective ways to get rid of dead skin from your feet. It’s the best way to get rid of really thick, dry skin and even calluses. For this method, you will need a foot razor or foot shaver with a sharp blade, some warm water, and a towel to catch your feet shavings.

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What You Will Need

  • A foot razor
  • A new, sharp blade (replacement blade optional)
  • An emery board (optional)
  • Warm water
  • Soap or bath oil of choice (optional)

How to Do It

​Step 1: Prepare everything that you need

​Lay out everything that you need, from the razor and the blades to the basin and the towel. This will make it easier and less messy for you to do the job later. If you’re replacing the blade on your foot razor, do it before you do anything else in the process.

​Step 2: Foot soak

The next step is to soak your feet in a basin filled with warm water for about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the condition of the skin on your feet. You can add in a few drops of bath oil or a dollop or two of your favorite body wash to make it more relaxing and special. This step will help make your feet softer and could even loosen up some dead skin.

Step 3: Preparing for the shave

Once your feet are soft, take them out of the water and pat them dry with your towel. Next, prop yourself up into a comfortable position that allows you easy access to the foot that you will be shaving. Make sure that whatever position you choose is the one that you’re most comfortable with.

Step 4: Start shaving

Put your foot razor against your skin and slowly apply light pressure to scrape off a little bit of dead skin at a time. It’s important that you do this slowly and carefully so as not to cut yourself. Tap and shake the razor in between shaving and scraping to get rid of any skin left in the crevices for a smoother shave. Also, be sure to put a towel underneath your feet so you won’t have dead skin cells lying around everywhere when you’re done.

Step 5: After shave

When you’re satisfied with the result, you wipe your feet to remove any dead skin that might have stuck to the surface and you can also do a bit of post-shave pampering by applying lotion or oil to your feet to keep it moisturized and feeling soft. If you still feel a bit of roughness on your feet, you can take an exfoliating tool like a foot emery board or an electric foot file to finish off the task.

2. Pumice Stone Method

The pumice stone method is a quick and easy way to remove dead skin from your feet. You can do this after showering or anytime you have a few minutes to spare to give your feet some TLC.

What You Will Need

  • A pumice stone
  • Warm water

How to Do It

​Step 1: Feet prep

As mentioned earlier, you can do this before stepping out of the shower or whenever you have free time to spend on pampering your feet. All you have to do is get your feet wet first to make scrubbing a little easier and not so harsh.

Step 2: Start scrubbing

Next, grab your pumice stone, wet it with some water, and scrub and rub to your heart’s content or until you’re satisfied with the softness of the skin on your feet. You can do the whole feet or you can just focus on areas that really need it the most.

Step 3: Clean up

When you’re done, just rinse your feet to remove any loose dead skin that’s still clinging to your feet and then wipe your feet dry with a towel. After that, run your pumice stone through hot water and leave it out to air dry so it can be ready for next use.

3. Baking Soda Method

Baking soda is one of the most amazing ingredients you’ll find in your pantry. Aside from being a kitchen staple, it’s regarded by beauty enthusiasts as a beauty cabinet must-have as well.

It’s abrasive quality makes baking soda a great natural exfoliant. It is used by a lot of women to whiten their teeth, their pits, and other parts of the body that suffer from dryness and darkening or discoloration. Not very surprisingly, it makes great treatment for the feet as well.

What You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • An exfoliating tool (e.g. brush, sponge, pumice stone, etc.)
  • Warm water
  • Essential oil of your choice (optional)

How to Do It

​Step 1: Mix ingredients in a bowl

The first step in removing dead skin from feet using baking soda is to combine all of the ingredients you’ll use in a basin or a very big bowl. Take 4 to 5 ml or warm water and mix in the baking soda until it dissolves completely. You can also add a few drops of any essential oil of your choice to get more of those spa-like vibes going.

Step 2: Soak your feet

The next step is to just soak your feet in the mixture anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes. While waiting for the skin on your feet to get soft, you can do whatever it is that relaxes you like reading a book or just closing your eyes.

Step 3: Exfoliate

After that relaxing foot soak, you can start rubbing and buffing (one foot at a time) to remove the dead skin on your feet. Be gentle and don’t do it too roughly to keep your feet from being irritated and feeling pained afterwards. For this step, you can choose any exfoliating tool of your choice.

Step 4: Finishing up

The last step in this method is to pat your feet dry. Just take a towel and gently pat your feet, making sure to get in between toes to avoid developing germs and a nasty smell on your feet.

Pro Tips

  • Whatever method you use to get rid of dead skin cells, be sure to apply oil, lotion or cream afterwards to bring back the moisture in your feet and keep it from becoming irritated from all the exfoliation that you put it through.
  • If you’re not going anywhere after your mini foot spa session, you can lock in the moisture by wearing socks all day after applying your moisturizer of choice.


While it may not seem like a big deal, having feet that look nice definitely has its benefits. With nice feet, you feel more confident to wear any kind of shoe, sandals, or flip flops that you like.

Giving your feet the occasional foot soak to get rid of dead skin has amazing perks, too.

Sure, everyone enjoys a nice trip to the spa but it’s nice to know that you can still have healthy, beautiful feet without spending a ton of money for something that you can do at home for less.

Did you enjoy this post? Let us know by leaving a comment below. We’d also love to hear from you about your own way of getting rid of dead skin from your feet so we can try out new methods, too.

Ella Jones

Hi . My name is Ella Jones . I’m a blogger, shopaholic, and beauty-obsessed blogger from NYC, armed with a Professional MBA from Fordham and a License in Cosmetology from Empire Beauty School in my hometown of Brooklyn. I’m the proud owner of a successful salon and beauty parlor in the city, and I’ve started this blog to share my beauty secrets with you.

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