Today’s guest post is by Jill who blogs at Maggie May’s Gifts – DIY Ideas for Everyday. With the cold months settling in, I can’t wait to spend a quiet evening pampering my feet with Jill’s foot scrub!
There are many foot soak recipes out there and I went on a mission to find the best one. My mission included one that was easy, economical, and natural. Most of them contain many of the the same ingredients like sea salt, Epsom salt, vinegar, baking soda and essential oils. I found that vinegar and Listerine was a popular one and so was bleach. hmmm. No thanks!
I tried different mixtures and different variations and like this formula the best. Although, I really think it matters less what you use but more how long you soak and how well you exfoliate and moisturize. So if you can use what you have on hand, great!
It is nice to do this at night because it’s really relaxing and it also gives your feet several hours to rest and soak up your moisturizer. Also, it feels like Christmas morning when you wake up and check out your new, smooth feet.
First, get a basin large enough to hold your feet and heat some water.
If you have Epsom Salts, then mix about a cup of the salts into your basin and add warm water. That is all you need for a fantastic soak because the magnesium sulfate (Epsom Salts) are powerful enough. Since they are derived from the earth, they are considered a natural product.
If you don’t have Epsom salts and don’t want to run to the store, no problem. Simply mix sea salt, baking soda, and an essential oil if you want (such as peppermint or tea tree). Then pour a vinegar and warm water mixture over it and stir.
Then soak your feet for 20-30 minutes. The longer the better because the softer they get, the easier you can exfoliate.
Then scrub your feet with a pumice stone or other foot scrubber. I use this.
Optional step, but highly recommended: Massage your feet a scrub made of olive oil and salt.
You can read my previous post for making that, here. The salt really helps scrub off any remaining dead skin while the olive oil seeps into any cracks to moisturize.
Finally, rinse well and follow with a thick moisturizer. I like pure Shea Butter, which is sold in scoops at Whole Foods.
Immediately put socks on and get a good night’s sleep!
You might need to do the soak a few times to get your feet super smooth, especially if they were pretty chapped. Just make sure you soak long enough and exfoliate thoroughly.
This will be a great relaxing soak this winter. Enjoy!
Thanks Jill, I am really looking forward to giving my feet a rejuvenating scrub! Here’s the foot scrubber Maggie uses to get those baby soft heels (affliate link)