How to Use a Pumice Stone

From the depths of the earth it comes – rivers of molten rock flowing forth from volcanoes.  When it finally cools the foam of that lava forms a light weight but strong stone that is harvested and used – well, mostly to scrape dry skin off feet.  Elbows and knees too.  If you’ve never used a pumice stone this will be your guide to what is undoubtedly among the more useful things coughed up by volcanic eruptions. 

A How-To for Your Feet

  1. Fill a basin or your tub with warm soapy water and soak your feet for about 5-10 minutes.  For additional moisturizing you can add a few drops of baby oil.
  2. After dipping the pumice stone in the water rub areas of rough skin in circular motions for about 2-3 minutes.  Don’t use too much pressure – a light touch should be all that’s needed.  Do not try to use the stone on any open skin or red or sore areas.
  3. Rinse your feet and dry with a towel then add a moisturizer to the recently treated area.
  4. Wash off the pumice stone in warm water and keep it dry until you need it next.

You can adapt the procedure above if you have other areas of your body that require thorough removal of dead skin. 

Other Household Uses

A pumice stone can be used for many things that don’t involve scrubbing rough skin.  It can be used to de-pill sweaters or remove dog and cat hair from carpets or furniture.  If you want to liven up the smell of a room the porous skin of the stone will slowly allow any essential oils dripped onto it into the air.  DIY minded fashion forward folks have even used pumice stones to distress jeans.

However you use your stone, remember to make sure it’s kept clean and dry and it will last you a very long time.  If you’ve come across any trouble with your feet while using your pumice stone you should consult an experienced podiatrist like Sheldon H. Nadal D.P.M. at his Toronto clinic today.