A day of work or an early morning spin class will leave anyone wanting to kick off their shoes. But after being drenched in oil and dirt, your feet may demand a bit of attention. Dirt will adhere to the skin, particularly on dry patches, when met with the warmth of shoes and socks. Your standby body wash can remove surface dirt, but a scrub will deeply cleanse your skin of all buildup.
Pour 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a bowl. Use a spoon to mix them together completely.
Pour 1/2 cup of olive oil into a basin large enough to fit your feet, and fill it 1/2 inch from the top with warm water. Oil attracts oil, which will help to remove the grime while softening your feet.
Soak your feet in the basin for five minutes. Pick up a golf-ball sized amount of the scrub. Remove one foot from the water and smooth the scrub over the skin in a circular motion. Concentrate on dry areas, as they are most prone to buildup. Reapply the scrub until your entire foot has been coated and place it back into the water. Repeat with your other foot. Apply and rinse the scrub again if dirt remains.
Remove your feet from the water and gently towel dry. Apply a rich moisturizer that contains shea butter or aloe to lock in hydration.
Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.