Set aside an afternoon at home and follow this simple regimen to treat your toes. Your feet do a lot of work for you – take some time to pamper them and keep them soft all the way to spring!
The key to this treatment is a moisturizing, exfoliating scrub. Spas, salons, and cosmetics companies can sell body and foot scrubs for astonishing prices, considering how simple they are to make. Many of those commercial scrubs also include artificial dyes, fragrances, and other chemicals. Concocting your own signature scrub guarantees the product is all-natural – and it’s almost as fun as showing off your feet in your sexiest peep-toe heels!
For a basic foot scrub, you’ll need:
- 1 cup organic raw brown sugar – the coarser, the better
- ½ cup organic coconut oil
- a few drops of your favorite essential oil – try lavender or peppermint for a fresh scent
Combine the sugar with the coconut oil to make a thick, gritty paste. These are just suggested measurements – just keep adding one ingredient or the other until you have a consistency that you like best. You can also use coarse sea salt or another oil, like olive or almond. We chose coconut oil because of its intense moisturizing properties (and sugar just because we like the way it smells!).
Once you’ve made your scrub, set it aside and start things off with a relaxing soak. Mix two cups of apple cider vinegar in a basin of warm water and soak your feet for at least half an hour. Among its other beneficial properties, vinegar can treat many frequent foot woes: nail issues, common fungus, and odor can all be eased by a soak in a solution of vinegar and water. If you don’t have any of these issues, it’s still a good first step for your day at the home spa. It softens any calloused areas on your feet, prepping them for step two!
Generously apply your scrub to your feet and ankles, working up your calves if you like. Rub it well into your skin, paying special attention to areas that are especially rough. If you prefer, you can use a pumice stone for this step to increase the exfoliation. Let rest for about ten minutes to allow the coconut oil to absorb into your skin. Rinse off with warm water. Repeat about once a week, and even if you have to wait to wear those sandals, you’ll be ready for them!