The Little Rock with Huge Potential
It’s amazing how nature has an answer for just about everything. Long before the creation of pharmaceuticals and manufactured beauty products, civilisations around the world used natural ingredients to cook, wash themselves and their clothes, moisturise their skin and so much more.
In fact, many of the natural products we use today were discovered by the Ancient Egyptians.
One such product is the pumice stone. This seemingly simple rock is used for everything from making concrete to keeping our tootsies smooth and soft.
Many Beauty Uses
Pumice is produced when lava with an exceptionally high water and gas content is discharged from a volcano. As the gas bubbles escape the lava becomes frothy which creates the lightweight porous rock.
Next time you’re giving your feet a scrub with a pumice stone bear in mind that it was also used by Roman engineers to build the Pantheon’s huge dome!
Due to its abrasive qualities pumice is used in products such as exfoliants, toothpastes and polishes. It’s even used to make stone-washed jeans. At home, we tend only to use it to remove hard skin and calluses from our feet, but it does have other great uses, such as painless hair removal.
Painless Hair Removal
After a warm shower lightly towel your skin but leave it a little damp. Then gently rub the pumice stone in a circular motion over the skin. Rinse and moisturise. By doing this a couple of times a week you will eventually remove all the hair.
Your pumice stone can also be used for a DIY manicure. Keep the stone and your hands wet whilst you gently remove excess cuticle skin around your nails.
You can use the stone to exfoliate both your body and face, but you must be gentle. Always rinse and moisturise well afterwards. If using on your feet we recommend soaking your tootsies in a warm Epsom salt footbath first.
Other uses for your pumice stone around the home include de-bobbling your jumpers, removing pet hair, cleaning the oven and other stubborn stains. You can even use one as an essential oil diffuser. Simply add a few drops of your favourite oil and hang the stone in a mesh bag.
The beauty of the pumice stone is that it’s natural so, unlike many skin products which contain parabens and other nasties, it’s highly unlikely to cause irritation. Having said that, if you suffer from very sensitive skin or conditions such as acne or rosacea, check with your skin specialist first.