Foot care is an all-year round process. We need to take care of our feet in summer, spring and even in winters when they are covered in socks. Failure to exfoliate the skin of the feet from time to time will cause cracks to set in. These not only look unsightly; they are also very painful. All foot scrubs, including commercial ones, contain three basic ingredients: an exfoliant, a carrier oil and fragrance. Exfoliants remove dead skin, oils moisturize the dry skin and fragrance reduce odor. Before we study some easy foot scrub recipes, let us study what you can use for these three primary ingredients.
Some of the best exfoliating agents for homemade foot scrub recipes are salts (Dead Sea salt is the best but you may also use Epsom salts or regular table salt), sugar, ground coffee, oatmeal, flax meal, rice bran, buckwheat, cornmeal, and ground nut shells. These help remove dead skin to reveal soft, younger looking and healthier skin beneath.
Some of the best oils for foot scrubs are coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil or grapeseed oil. They moisturize the feet and provide nourishment to the tired skin.
A fragrance is optional but adding one to your foot scrub recipes can help you create a spa like atmosphere for your home pedicure. You may add special fragrances if you wish to make a diy foot scrub gift. Best fragrances to use in diy homemade foot scrubs are essential oils, scented oils, herbs, flower petals etc.
Let us now study how to use a foot scrub.
How to use a foot scrub
- Before making your homemade foot scrub to remove dead skin, you need to soak your feet in hot water for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Many people actually make a foot soak with Listerine. Listerine mouthwash removes bacteria and fungi and leaves your feet soft and healthy. This remedy is particularly useful to fight toenail fungus or Athlete’s Foot.
- After soaking the feet in foot soak of choice, use a gentle pumice stone or brush to scrub the dead skin. This step is optional since your diy homemade foot scrub will exfoliate the skin anyway.
- Now it is time to use the foot scrub. Take liberal amount of scrub in your palms and apply it on the feet. Start massaging in gentle circular motions.
- Continue to massage vigorously for at least 10 minutes paying special attention to the heels and the balls of the feet. Do not forget the sides and middle of the toes as well as the cuticles.
- Rinse off the feet with warm water.
- Pat your feet dry but let a bit of oil remain on the feet. You can also follow up with a massage with your favorite moisturizing foot cream.
Now we will study some easy exfoliating foot scrub recipes.
DIY Homemade foot scrub recipes
1. Basic homemade foot scrub with sugar
Store this scrub in an air-tight container for up to a month. This is an easy foot scrub recipe.
- ¼ cup each Olive oil and brown or white sugar
- A few drops of your favorite essential oils
2. Diy homemade foot scrub with Epsom salt
You can also use sea salt in place of Epsom salts.
- ¼ cup Olive oil
- ½ cup Epsom salts
- 2-3 drops of fragrance oil or essential oil
3. Callus removing homemade foot scrub with coconut oil
- ¼ cup coarse sea salt
- 2 tbsp each cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil
In a bowl, mix all ingredients. Soak your feet in hot water for 10 minutes. Next, vigorously scrub the feet with the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
4. Exfoliating foot scrub
This is an easy-to-make exfoliating foot scrub that will leave your feet soft, tingly, and refreshed.
- ¼ cups each ground oatmeal and cornmeal
- 1-2 tbsp salt
- A bit of tap water
- 2-3 drops of Lemon or Peppermint essential oil
First combine all the dry ingredients. Next, add a bit of water to create a creamy, gritty paste. Now add the essential oils. Stir well. Sit on the edge of the tub and massage the foot scrub really well into the feet. Cover all the rough areas. Rinse and dry thoroughly and follow up with a moisturizing cream mixed with a few drops of essential oil. (You will need to clean the bath tub afterwards to prevent the cornmeal from clogging the drain.)
5. Herbs and salt reviving foot soak recipe
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 1 tsp each dried and crushed peppermint and thyme leaves.
- Olive oil- 1 tsp
- 10 drops each of peppermint essential oil, tea tree essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
In a bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk vigorously to mix them well. Transfer the mixture to a muslin bag. Place the bag in a large foot bath filled with warm water. Place feet up to the ankles in the bath and soak for 15-20 minutes. Towel dry your feet. Follow up with your favorite foot lotion or cream. Cover your feet with socks.
If you have a medical condition, avoid using hot water for foot soak. If needed, speak to your health care professional prior to performing a foot soak.