Due to the active lifestyles which we lead today, our body care tends to be greatly neglected. We often fail to provide proper care to our feet as well. As a result, our feet feel tired and extremely dry. Over time, improper care or neglect can lead to layers of dead skin on the heels and sometimes, cracked feet. However, it is not necessary to spend too much in order to have healthy feet and avoid the problems such as dryness and roughness. In fact, there are methods to achieve very satisfactory results from the comfort of your home.
This article brings to you some simple and affordable ways to keep your feet clean and soft using home remedies. Listed below are recipes of some extremely beneficial foot scrubs. You will also find the answers to some frequently asked questions.
How to prepare your feet for exfoliation (scrubbing)?
Simply washing your feet with regular body soaps is not enough.
The main purpose of using foot scrubs is to remove the dead skin in order to reveal soft feet. Scrubbing also helps to heal cracked feet with regular uses. However, the layers of dirt and dead skin can be very tough. To make sure your foot scrubs work effectively, you need to prepare your feet by soaking it.
Here are some foot soaks you can use to make your feet moist:
Baking soda foot soak:
- To your tub of warm water, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
- Allow it to dissolve completely and soak your feet in this water for 15 minutes. Baking soda is antibacterial in nature and will remove all the dirt while loosening the layers of dead skin on your heels.
Salt and tea tree foot soak:
- To your tub of warm water, add a few drops of tea tree essential oil and 2 tablespoons of salt.
- Soak your feet in this water for 15 minutes. This foot soak is relaxing for tired feet while tea tree oil helps to kill germs.
After having soaked your feet, move on to the scrubs. Do not dry your feet. This will make sure the scrubs are not too harsh on your skin and the unwanted layer of rough skin will get removed.
Homemade foot scrubs
Foot scrubs are needed to be slightly more abrasive than normal body scrubs. Here are a few homemade foot scrubs you can prepare:
Coffee – cold cream foot scrub
- 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds (not the instant coffee)
- 1 tablespoon cold cream
- Mix the two ingredients together.
- Add some water if you find the scrub to be too thick.
- Use this scrub to exfoliate your feet in circular motions for 5 minutes to remove all the dead skin cells from the surface.
Lemon and sugar foot scrub
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- Juice of 1 fresh lemon
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- Simply combine all the ingredients together and massage this onto your feet.
Brown sugar is very exfoliating. Lemon juice can lighten the suntan on the feet and honey softens the hard areas on the skin.
Tea tree oil foot scrub
- A few drops of tea tree essential oil
- A few tablespoons of olive oil and
- Some black lava salt
- Pour the salt into a container.
- In a separate bowl, combine olive oil with a few drops of tea tree essential oil.
- Add this oil mixture to the salt and mix till the salt is completely covered in oil.
This refreshing foot scrub is extremely beneficial for people who tend to have bad smelling feet. Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal in nature. It will help to kill off the germs in your feet.
Coffee – coconut foot scrub
- 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar and
- A few drops of vanilla essence
- In a bowl, mix the coffee grounds with coconut oil.
- Add the sugar granules and vanilla essence.
- Mix nicely and use this as a foot scrub after soaking your feet in warm water. This will allow the coconut oil to seep into the skin.
This recipe will make enough scrub for two uses.
Green tea foot scrub
- ¼ th cup of green tea concentrate
- 1 tablespoon of green tea
- 1 cup of granulated brown sugar and
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- To the granulated sugar, add olive oil and green tea concentrate.
- To prepare the concentrate, add 3 tea bags to 1 cup of hot water and allow the compounds to be released for 10 minutes.
- Once the mixture is wet enough, add the green tea leaves and mix well.
This foot scrub contains antioxidants as well as the nourishment of olive oil and will leave your feet feeling smooth.
Lavender foot scrub
- A few drops of lavender essential oil
- ½ cup of sea salt or any other plain bathing salt
- 6 tablespoons of jojoba oil (preferably cold-pressed)
- To the sea salt, add the jojoba oil and mix to ensure that the salt is completely coated with oil.
- Add a few drops of lavender essential oil and mix again.
- You can store this in a container and place this in your refrigerator for up to 1 week.
This scrub works best for tired and sore feet. Lavender oil is a natural relaxant and will help to treat tired feet while scrubbing will increase blood circulation.
Red lentil and turmeric scrub
- 5 tablespoons of red lentils
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, and
- ½ cup of milk
- Mix the turmeric powder with some milk.
- Add the red lentils to this mixture.
- Allow the red lentils to soak in this milk overnight (in the refrigerator).
- You will find that after a few hours, the lentils have split and increased in size.
- Grind this mixture into a paste. You will find it to be quite granular (this is the desired consistency).
- Keep this mixture in the refrigerator for up to 2 days only.
It works best for dry feet. The milk helps to moisturise the feet while the lentils help to remove sun tan as well.
Beetroot foot scrub
- 5 tablespoons of granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons of beetroot juice, and
- 5 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Mix all the ingredients together to form a coarse mixture.
- Pulse this mixture in the blender for only 3-4 seconds to break the sugar granules. Do not over mix otherwise the sugar will melt into the oil.
- Store in a container and use this on your feet to remove dirt and dead skin cells.
Ginger and mint foot scrub
- 5 tablespoons of ginger concentrate
- A few drops of mint essential oil
- 5 tablespoons of granulated sugar
- Some finely chopped ginger and
- 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
- To the granulated sugar, add the ginger concentrate, jojoba oil and mint essential oil.
- At last, add the finely chopped ginger and mix well.
This foot scrub is very beneficial for removing dead skin as well as treating any fungal infections. Ginger and mint help to treat bad odour and are very refreshing ingredients for your feet.
Oats and honey foot scrub
- 5 tablespoons of oats (any kind)
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Combine all the ingredients together to form a scrub.
Oats are naturally exfoliating in nature and regular use of this scrub will make your feet look younger. Lemon juice can help to remove any darkness due to sun exposure.
Gram flour scrub
- 2 tablespoons of gram flour
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- A pinch of turmeric, and
- 2 tablespoons of curd
- Mix all the ingredients together to get a paste which is slightly yellow in colour.
- Apply this paste on clean feet and let it dry.
- After this, dab some water to moisten your feet and gently start scrubbing.
- Scrub for 5 minutes and then wash away with cold water to have soft and refreshed feet.
Rose foot scrub
- 5 tablespoon sea salt
- Rosehip essential oil
- A few rose petals
- 2 tablespoons of rose water, and
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- In order to prepare this fragrant foot scrub, to the salt, add rosehip essential oil (only 10-15 drops).
- Mix evenly and go on to add rose water and olive oil.
- Chop the rose petals finely and drizzle over your foot scrub and mix well.
Sea salt is healing in nature and rosehip essential oil contains plenty of anti-oxidants. You can store this scrub in the refrigerator as well. It has a very calming effect and relieves stress.
Honey and brown sugar foot scrub
- 5 tablespoons of honey
- ½ a cup of brown sugar
- 5 tablespoons of coconut oil and
- A few drops of vanilla essence
- Simply combine all the ingredients together.
- You can store this in an airtight container for up to 1 week and use this as an effective exfoliator.
Pros and cons of using foot scrubs
- We tend to overlook our feet. However, it is important to note that it is our feet taking us everywhere and it is only natural for them to get tired. We often find that our heels are cracked and rough. This can be prevented by the use of foot scrubs.
- Since foot scrubs are quite granular, while using them, we also increase the blood circulation in the area which helps to soften the skin.
- Foot scrubs can be incredibly relaxing if you add a few drops of essential oils to them. Some relaxing essential oils are lavender oil, chamomile oil and Frankincense essential oil. You can purchase these online with ease.
- Foot scrubs can be used before going to the bed as using them gently also relaxes the entire body and helps you to get better sleep.
- However, to do go not overboard while using these. Make sure you do not use harsh stones to scrub your feet. They are very abrasive and could cause small cuts. While tools such as metallic foot filers and pumice stones seem to be very effective from the first use, after multiple uses, they can turn your feet sore.
There are no other cons of using foot scrubs especially if they are homemade. However, since the listed foot scrubs are made using natural ingredients, do not store them for too long. You can prepare these in small quantities for every use.
Frequently asked questions
- How often should one use foot scrubs?
Scrubbing your feet at least twice a week is enough to maintain healthy feet.
- What should be done after using foot scrubs?
Dry your feet completely after washing away the foot scrub. Then follow it up with a creamy moisturiser to prevent your feet from drying. You can also use coconut oil on your feet.
- What is the preferred time of using foot scrubs?
Use must use these before going to bed. Not only will you feel much more relaxed, but it is important to allow the moisturiser to get absorbed into your feet overnight.
- What are some other things you must have handy while treating your feet?
Using foot scrubs can be slightly messy. Use these in the shower and make sure you place your feet in a small tub to work effectively.
- What causes cracked feet?
Cracks may appear on our feet due to a lack of moisture. Since our feet are working for the most part of the day, the cells need hydration. Taking hot showers for too long and not drinking enough water can also cause dry and scaly feet.
- What can be done to prevent cracked feet?
Moisturise your feet daily and leave the cream/oil overnight.
- Can these scrubs be used on the face?
No, sugar scrubs are more granular and can be harsh on the facial skin.
- Should we scrub our skin before shaving?
It is very important to scrub and exfoliate your skin before you shave as this will make your legs a lot smoother and will also help to prevent ingrown hair. The mentioned scrubs can be used as body scrubs as well.
- Can scrubbing cause darkness?
Homemade scrubs are made of gentle and natural ingredients which will not cause pigmentation. It is safe to use these at least twice a week.
Now that you are aware of the simple steps to treat your feet, use them regularly to keep your feet soft. Other than these steps, make sure you are keeping your nails clean and trimmed as well.