Quick Fix for Summer Sandal Feet: DIY 5 minute Foot Scrub
Now is the time of year when we are the not-so-proud wearers of dry, cracked, end of summer, flip-flop feet. We have gone barefoot, worn sandals and have probably even done the unspeakable, wearing shoes without socks. Our poor mistreated paws!
But fear not…..There are things you can do to turn your dreadful dogs around and get your tootsies back on track. I have for you a quick foot scrub that will give you a start on the turnaround and reward your feet with the dignity they deserve.
There are fancy foot scrub recipes galore if you should ever be inclined to search for one. Just for starters, Pinterest has so many recipes that I never did get to the bottom of the page before deciding on this simple recipe. Don’t get me wrong, they all sound wonderful. I mean, zingy lemonade or a pina colada for your feet sounds like it might be worth trying! But when you don’t want to hunt for ingredients and just want to exfoliate and add a little softness to those lizard feet there are only 2 ingredients you really need for a successful foot scrub.
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Foot scrub recipe:
- Oil: coconut oil, olive oil , avocado oil…. actually, whatever you have in the cooking oil department will do.
- Grit: granulated sugar, brown sugar, sea salt, plain salt. Again, just use what you have.
I used one part oil to 2 parts grit. So make a little, or make a lot. Mix them together and you have foot scrub!
My favorite way to use it is to just sit on the edge of the tub. You’ll want to soak them in some hot water first to get some moisture into the skin. Then just dig in and start rubbing it into your feet.
The oil can now penetrate more easily and lock in some of the moisture. I like the coconut oil because it is also antibacterial, but the olive and avocado oils are really good for your skin too.The grit helps to gently exfoliate dead skin, which will make your feet feel softer. The finer the grit (granulated white sugar) the more gentle it will be. Use the coarse stuff to really get the job done.
You will be surprised at how much better your feet will feel just after one time! Do it regularly and you will really notice a difference.
Word of caution!
Whether you do this in the shower or tub, be sure you have some traction in your tub! Things get pretty slippery with all the oil on your feet!
Clean your sandals
Another good thing to do after you get your feet all soft and feeling better is to clean your sandals and flip flops. They are great at collecting dirt, bacteria and sweat and can put your pretty feet back in bad shape. Flip flops that have rubber soles can be easily cleaned with soap and water. For other materials I like to just take a cotton ball or pad soaked in a little rubbing alcohol and wipe the insides of my shoes or sandals.
After you give this a try, you might want to try adding some of the ingredients with extra zing, or special healing benefits. Here are some great things you can try.
Other nice ingredients
- Bentonite clay – a great detox as it gently draws out toxins.
- Peppermint essential oil – has the ability to calm stress and uplift spirits at the same time. It is also antiseptic and antimicrobial.
- Baking soda – Baking soda not only relieves aches and pain but also fights toenail fungus.
- Magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) – Magnesium is absorbed instantly when applied topically. It relieves pain, soothes your aching muscles, and also treats any skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
- Honey – Honey works wonders in making your feet skin softer than ever. Read my article about herbal honey and try it for even more benefits!
- Yogurt – Yogurt brightens the skin and improves the texture.Give give some of these a try yourself and make some nice gifts while you’re at it. If you do experiment with this I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Happy feet to you!