A pumice stone is formed when lava and water are mixed together. It is a porous and abrasive yet light stone that is perfect to remove dead skin. It’s a must-have when it comes to dead skin on your feet. But how to use a pumice stone? See below…
It is unbelievable that something as simple and ordinary as a stone could have so many uses.
In addition to removing dead skin, this stone can be used for a number of things such as it can help you to clean your home, aid with hair removal and what not.
Recognizing the importance of the pumice stone, the product is now easily available at any beauty store. A double-sided pumice stone might be available even in your local pharmacy.
It has two sides; one is an abrasive side to remove dead skin and the other side is soft specifically for sensitive areas and buffing.
If you are planning on safely exfoliating your feet and hands then you will need a large bowl of warm soapy water and if you plan on exfoliating your neck, knees, and elbows then you should do it while taking a shower.
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Some things that are needed while you use a pumice stone to get rid of the dead skin include:
- Bristled brush to clean the stone
How to Use a Pumice Stone to get rid of dead skin?
Follow the instructions given below to properly remove dead skin and calluses from your body. If you notice any irritation or unusual symptoms then stop using the stone immediately.
Step-1- Prep your skin
Make sure that the stone and water is clean before you use it.
To soften your hardened skin, add some oil or soap in water and soak your dead calloused skin in the water for 5 to 10 minutes.
Soak the pumice stone in the water before using it.
Do not use a dry pumice stone on your skin. It might cause a rash or injury on your skin.
Remove the skin from the water and pat it dry with a towel.
Take the pumice stone out from the water and start rubbing it on the targeted area on your skin.
Rub the abrasive side of the stone on your skin in a circular direction with light pressure.
Keep rubbing for 3 to 5 minutes.
If your skin feels irritated or sore, stop immediately.
For your feet, focus on your heels or the dry areas on your feet. Keep rubbing the pumice stone until you have removed all the dead skin and the soft skin underneath has appeared.
Rinse your skin after rubbing for 3 to 5 minutes.
If you still see dead skin, try repeating the process.
When you are done, apply a moisturizer to your skin to make it soft.
Using a Pumice Stone for your face and neck
Your face and neck are sensitive areas and rubbing the pumice stone with a lot of pressure might cause abrasions and redness.
Instead of using a single-sided pumice stone, it is better to get a double-sided stone for the sensitive areas.
Use the softer side of the stone for your face and neck. Rub the stone in a circular direction for 10 to 15 seconds, if you notice or feel any redness or burning stop immediately.
Revive the dull skin by exfoliating your face with a stone, just make sure that the stone is wet and rub it gently across your face.
After using the stone on your face and neck, rinse it with warm water and apply a moisturizer. Do not use the stone on the sensitive areas like your face and neck more than once a week.
Using a Pumice stone for hair removal
Although we recommend you look into some of the best electric shavers for women we reviewed, a pumice stone can be a good alternate that can be used to remove unwanted hair from your body.
Follow the instructions given below to get rid of unwanted hair.
Soak your skin in warm water for at least 5 to 10 mins.
Soak your Pumice stone in water for a while.
Apply soap to your skin.
Rub the pumice stone in a circular direction with moderate pressure on the skin to remove the hair.
Rinse and repeat until all the hair has been removed then rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove unwanted dead skin and hair.
Apply a moisturizer or oil to soften your skin.
Repeat this process every few days to remove all the unwanted hair.
Pumice Stone General Aftercare
After using a pumice stone on your skin to get rid of excess hair or dead skin, follow these steps so that your skin is safely exfoliated.
Always moisturize your skin after using the stone, if you experience any redness or irritation, stop using the stone immediately.
If you suffer from a severe reaction then go see a doctor or your dermatologist.
Some Safety Tips
First things first, do not share your pumice stone with anyone else, each family member should have their own stone.
- Scrub it after every use :
Dead skin will build up in the pores of the stone as you use it.
Clean your stone after every use. Use a brittle brush to remove the dead skin and hair from the stone.
Add a bit of soap to clean the stone completely and it will be clean and ready for the next time.
- Replace the stone when it wears down:
Your stone will wear down over time as it is a soft stone when it becomes too smooth and small for effective use, buy another pumice stone.
These stones are inexpensive and almost available at every beauty store.
- Boil your pumice stone :
Every once in a while give the stone deep cleaning to make sure that it is harboring bacteria.
Boil a pot of water, put the stone in and boil it for 5 to 7 minutes.
If you use the stone frequently ten you should consider boiling it every two weeks.
Other Uses of a Pumice Stone
The good thing about a pumice stone is that like a lot of the natural or organic remedies, the pumice stone can be used for multiple purposes, it ensures the overall health care in addition to being used for other household purposes.
Most spas now keep their pumice stones ready for massage therapies, etc. clearly pumice stones are more important than some of use might have predicted.
Here are some other uses of pumice stones you probably didn’t know about.
- Using a Pumice stone to de-pill your stones
After using your sweaters several times, you might have noticed that your sweaters start to ‘pill’. It happens when the fibers unravel and the loose ends form balls on your sweater.
You can use a pumice stone to de-pill your sweaters without ruining them. The soft porous surface is ideal for removing pills from clothing.
Gently rub the stone on your favorite sweater and it will smoothen the surface easily. Your sweater will be as good as new.
- Clean a dirty toilet with a pumice stone
Did you know that you can use a pumice stone to clean the dirtiest of toilets? That’s odd after mentioning the skincare benefits of the stone but everyone likes a clean toilet right! You can use this stone to remove the mineral deposits from your toilet bowl even.
Soak the pumice stone and then scrub it gently at the stains. You can use it along with your toilet cleaner to get better results.
- Clean up Pet hair with the stone
Pet hair can be really tough to clean. Especially when they get into small crannies and corners which cannot be vacuumed easily or worse all over your clothes.
Use a pumice stone to get rid of all the pet hair on your carpets. Once again Soak the stone before use and move it one direction and soon they will start collecting in a ball.
- Oven and hob cleaning using a pumice stone
Cleaning ovens can be a real nightmare but you do not need to worry anymore because a pumice stone can be really useful in cleaning ovens and hobs.
Make sure your stone is wet before you get to cleaning. Gently rub the pumice stone on the grease and burnt-on mess, continually wetting the stone so as to avoid any scratches.
You can use the stone along with your oven cleaner for a more smooth cleaning. If you do not want to use any chemicals, then a pumice stone would do just fine!
- Boost your soil’s plant power
A good gardener knows that the key to healthy plants is good quality soil. Using a pumice stone in the soil can be very advantageous to your plants.
It can help retain water and hold onto essential nutrients necessary for plant growth. The porous nature of the pumice stone can help retain the vital nutrients of the plant and it also works as a conditioner.
You can either use small chipping of pumice in soil, using one part pumice for every four parts of soil or you can add smaller pumice stones directly onto the soil.
- DIY Manicures
We often use olive oil as a cuticle oil and now we have another alternative for a DIY mani-pedi.
You can use a wet pumice stone to soften hard skin, to remove calluses from hands. It can also be used to remove excess cuticle skin around the nails. Apply gentle pressure around the nails. Keep your nails and the stone wet while using it. Do not forget to moisturize your skin afterwards.
- As an air freshener
Essential oils create a lovely environment in your home. You can also use a pumice stone to diffuse them in your home. As this is a very porous stone, it is ideal for soaking up essential oils and slowly releasing them back into the air.
Get a small bag and soak a pumice stone with around 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils or any other fragrance that you like. Place the stone in the bag and hang it anywhere in your home.
- Distress your jeans
Do you love the edgier look of ripped jeans but do not feel like spending money on buying one? It’s ridiculous how many dollars a rip to plain jeans can cost you these days.
Rest assured we’ve got a solution for you. You can use a pumice stone to create a distressed look for your jeans.
Select a pair of your old jeans. One that already has developed the rip or a hole. Take a pumice stone and start rubbing gently on the you want to distress and loosen the fabric. Keep on doing it until small frays and holes start to form.
Now that you know that many benefits of the mear pumice stone, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on this essential!