DIY Foot Scrub


Summer is officially here! The kids are out of school, the swimsuits are coming out, and everyone is getting ready to don their favorite sandals and flip flops. But that means we need a little prep time for our feet! I find it interesting that our feet are a part of our body that probably takes the biggest bashing every day- I mean, our feet are what get us from point A to point B, they carry all of our weight, they are usually crammed into shoes that are cute but not always comfortable- they work hard and put up with a lot! And yet it is a part of our body that we might not always take care of first; usually we like to spend more time applying make-up and doing our hair, since that is what most people see. But it’s just as important to take care of your feet, and you’ll feel much cuter in your swimsuit and flip flops if you have a pair of soft, well taken care of feet!

I decided I’d share a recipe for a DIY foot scrub that I have made and enjoyed using. It makes my feet feel so soft afterwards, and it’s a great way to relax at the end of a stressful day! For this particular scrub, you will need sugar, honey, baking soda, and olive oil. There are a couple optional ingredients, but if you have these four basics (which I’m sure most of us do!), you can make this recipe.


You’re going to start with one cup of sugar. The sugar acts as an exfoliant, helping to scrub away the dead skin cells, and leaving your feet much smoother and cleaner. Next, you’re going to mix in 2 teaspoons of olive oil. It probably goes without saying that olive oil makes a wonderful moisturizer. Your skin just soaks it up, and your feet will definitely be feeling smoother with this ingredient. You could substitute with another oil you have on hand, as it will still moisturize, but the website where I found this recipe says that olive oil can wash off without your skin feeling extra greasy- which is definitely a plus!

Once you have mixed the sugar and olive oil with a spoon, it’s going to look a little clumpy. Your next ingredient is 2 teaspoons of baking soda. I totally learned something new when making this scrub- baking soda acts as another exfoliant, helping to clean the skin; but it also helps to keep the Ph balance of your skin, which in turn helps your feet to stay moisturized. So we definitely want to add some of that! Again, mix the baking soda in as well as you can, keeping in mind that the mixture is going to be clumpy.


Our last basic and essential ingredient is honey. Add 2 teaspoons of honey, which acts as an anti-aging ingredient, and helps to sooth the skin. Mix together your ingredients until you get rid of all the clumps. It shouldn’t be extremely runny, but it should be wet enough that you can rub it into your feet- you can add a little more honey if you need to.


The last 2 ingredients are totally optional. The website where I found my particular recipe calls for a few drops of essential oils or 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil. I put in a few drops of peppermint oil, because I love the way it feels on my feet- - so soothing after a long day of chasing around two kids, keeping the house together and fulfilling job responsibilities!

I included the recipe below for you guys. Feel free to try some other variations, or create your own! Brown sugar, coconut oil, Epsom salts, and apple cider vinegar are just a few of the many things you could try. I would love to hear of any foot scrub recipes you have tried and loved!

Sources:
  •   http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/diy-foot-scrub/
  •   http://www.azspagirls.com/four-diy-sugar-scrubs-four-ways/
  •   http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/1017621/beauty-benefits-of-honey
  •   http://perksandstyle.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/6-ways-to-make-beauty-treatments-last/

    Camille Hoffmann
    Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
    Email the author! camille@dvo.com







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