When you notice the skin on your feet is dry and flaky, it’s time to treat them to a homemade foot scrub. Incorporate the key ingredients, which are an exfoliating agent and a moisturizing substance. Then get busy scrubbing your tootsies to reveal the soft, smooth skin underneath.
Pamper your feet with a brown sugar foot scrub by mixing 1 tablespoon each of brown sugar, coconut oil and baking soda. Add a dollop of honey for added moisture. Scrub the mixture onto your feet, wait about five minutes, then rinse your feet with lukewarm water. The brown sugar and baking soda exfoliate the skin, while the coconut oil and honey soften and moisturize.
Salt is slightly abrasive, so use it to slough off dead, dry skin from your feet. To make a salt foot scrub, mix 1 tablespoon each of Epsom salt and sea salt. Stir in 1 teaspoon each of lime juice, coconut oil and baking soda. Scrub your feet with the mixture, let it sit for five minutes on your feet, then rinse with lukewarm water. The salts and baking soda exfoliate the skin, the lime juice is an antibacterial agent and the coconut oil is a moisturizer.
The flesh of an avocado contains oils and fats that add much needed moisture to dry, cracked feet. Make a homemade avocado foot scrub by slicing an avocado in half lengthwise and removing the pit. Let the pit sit on the counter to dry out for about three days. Use the flesh of the avocado to make an instant face mask or in food preparation. Once the pit has dried out, slice a fresh avocado in half and scoop out the flesh. Mash it up with a fork. Place the pit in a plastic zippered baggie and remove the excess air from the bag. Use a hammer to smash up the pit into tiny pieces, then run it through a food processor to make the pieces even smaller. Add 1/4 cup of the ground pit to the mashed avocado flesh and stir. Toss in a pinch of sea salt and a pinch of cornmeal. Massage the mixture onto your feet to moisturize and exfoliate, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Use a foot scrub as often as necessary to keep your feet soft and remove dead, dry skin. Soak your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes before applying a scrub. Scrub your feet using your fingertips and in small, circular motions. Pay special attention to your heels, which tend be the driest part of your feet. Add a fresh scent to any foot scrub by mixing in a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as peppermint, lavender or eucalyptus. If you notice your feet becoming red or irritated from the scrub, stop using it or lessen the frequency of use. Pat your feet dry with a soft towel after rinsing off the scrub, and apply moisturizing lotion promptly.
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