How to use a Pumice Stone

Have you incorporated a pumice stone into your skincare routine? Many people are not sure what a pumice stone is or how it can be added to their skincare routine. If that sounds like you, we’ve got you covered. Here is everything you need to know about what pumice stones are, how to properly use them, and how they can improve your skin. 

What Is a Pumice Stone?

Pumice stones are actually a natural product that are formed from volcanic rock. A pumice stone is formed when the lava from a volcano cools very abruptly, resulting in a porous, lightweight rock. Pumice stones can be identified by their sponge-like appearance, which is a result of gas bubbles escaping from the lava before it solidifies.


Pumice has several commercial uses. Ground pumice is often used in cleaning products and even toothpaste, as well as in some potting soils. But pumice is best known in its solid form, for the use of pumice stones. Pumice stones work as an effective and natural skin exfoliator because of their tough, abrasive exterior.

Steps to Using a Pumice Stone

Now that you know what a pumice stone is, let’s dive in to how you use one. A pumice stone can be rubbed over the skin to exfoliate or remove dried or irritated skin. However, proper use of a pumice stone is required in order to avoid injury.


In order to use a pumice stone properly, you will need the following:

  • Pumice stone

  • Warm water

  • Soap

  • Towel

  • Moisturizer (Optional)


Here is a step-by-step guide to using a pumice stone to get the best results.

Step 1: Soak the Target Skin Area and Pumice Stone

The most important thing to remember is that you should never use a pumice stone on dry skin. Soak your skin in warm, soapy water for 5 to 10 minutes before using the pumice stone. Many people choose to use a pumice stone immediately after showering for this reason.


Similarly, you should also soak the pumice stone for 5 to 10 minutes before using it. The moisture on your skin and the stone makes it easier for the stone to glide gently over your skin. Remember that pumice stones are abrasive. Using a dry stone on dry skin can result in scratches or skin irritation.

Step 2: Dry Skin

Once your skin is properly soaked, remove it from the water and gently pat it dry with a towel. You do not need to dry the pumice stone after removing it from the water.

Step 3: Rub Pumice Stone Over Skin

Using circular motions, rub the abrasive side of the pumice stone over the target area of your skin. You should rub firmly, but not so hard that you feel pain or discomfort. If you begin to experience pain, you should stop immediately. However, you should rub hard enough that the stone can remove dried or callused skin. Generally, you should continue rubbing for 2 to 3 minutes until all dead skin in the area is removed.

Step 4: Rinse and Moisturize Skin

After a few minutes, stop to rinse your skin. If you still see dead skin, you can resume rubbing. But if you have satisfactorily removed all dead skin, apply moisturizer to keep the moisture on your skin’s surface and increase its softness. You should also rinse your pumice stone (using a bristle brush) to keep it clean for future use.

Benefits of Using a Pumice Stone

Anyone can benefit from using a pumice stone. The most common (and immediate) benefit is softer and healthier skin. Pumice stones are most often used on the bottom of the foot to remove calluses and corns.


But a pumice stone can also be used to treat dry skin, warts, and ingrown hairs. Using a pumice stone on dry skin can be a great way to exfoliate and moisturize the affected area. 


Not all skin conditions should be treated with a pumice stone, however. Rashes, redness, and abrasions should not be treated using a pumice stone. If you notice rash or skin irritation in the area where a pumice stone is being used, stop using it immediately until the skin heals.

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