By the end of summer, your feet are probably in need of a little love. If you can’t squeeze in a pedicure, your kitchen is actually full of things (that you might just toss in the garbage) that can help! Read on for three throwaways that do double-duty to resolve and reverse foot uglies fast.
Pineapple rind removes calluses.
Using the flesh side of a strip of pineapple peel, buff calluses for one minute; rinse. Together with the buffing, the fruit’s bromelain (an enzyme that breaks down the keratin that calluses are composed of) quickly dissolves the hard spots.
Avocado shell smooths heels.
Take the empty shell from half of an avocado and rub onto each heel for about five minutes; let residue absorb, then rinse. The fatty acid–infused pulp deeply moisturizes the thick layers of dry skin while the rubbing sloughs off any dead cells.
Lemon pulp whitens nails.
Cut a juiced lemon into wedges and use the flesh side of one wedge to scrub nails for one minute; rinse. The fruit’s citric acid lifts away any yellow pigment in nails, and its vitamin C brightens, further enhancing the whitening effect.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.