Pumice stones are natural tones formed from volcanic lava and have been a health and beauty staple for hundreds of years. Pumice stones are actually very interesting, quite beautiful and come in many different forms depending on the mineral content of the volcanic lava.
Pumice stones are very rough, hard and have lots of sharp-edged grooves and bubbles that make them excellent abrasives or exfoliators for the skin. Not only are they extremely efficient at removing dry skin, corns, callouses and other imperfections, they’re also all-natural, sustainable and environmentally-friendly.
How To Use a Pumice Stone
Firstly, it depends on what area you need to target. You can use a pumice stone on pretty much any area of the skin in need of abrasion and/or exfoliation.
Feet and Hands
Thick skin can form into callouses and corns that are sore and painful when they rub on shoes, gloves, the floor or items you grip. On the hands, you may find callouses on the fingertips or at the base of fingers and thumbs. On the feet, you can find callouses or corns almost anywhere.
If you leave callouses to build up, they might eventually tear and become much worse!
- Soak your feet and hands in warm, soapy water. This softens the skin and helps loosen dead surface skin. A pumice stone on dry skin will usually be too abrasive and it could even cause cuts or grazes.
- Massage the area with the pumice stone under the water. This will gently remove the loosened skin cells.
- Remove the area from the water and gently dry it before massaging a wet pumice stone over the area working in circular motions. Stop if you experience redness, soreness, cuts or other adverse reactions.
- Apply moisturiser to the area.
Once finished, clean the stone of any soap and let it dry on its own. For a deeper cleanse of the stone, you can place your pumice stone in boiling water.