DIY Foot Scrub: 7 Easy Recipes
By: Natalie Tull
There are several reasons making your own foot scrub at home is better than using a store bought one. For one, it’s cheaper to make your own because many of the ingredients are already in your home. Homemade foot scrubs often include honey, olive oil, sugar, sea salt, oatmeal, milk and other kitchen staples. Another reason to make your own foot scrub is that you know exactly what is in the scrub. There are no ingredients you cannot pronounce or extra chemicals that can cause skin irritations. You can also stop wasting time and money looking for the right foot scrub by using items that are best for your needs. For example, honey will help add moisture to cracked heels and tea tree oil can be used to combat athlete’s foot and toe nail fungus.
Making a homemade foot scrub is easy! And, choosing the right ingredients and recipe can be easy too!
So, for starters, you should know what benefits certain ingredients provide so that you can know which ones will work best for you:
Peppermint: Peppermint contains menthol, which has a soothing, cooling effect when applied to the skin. It can help increase blood flow and helps nourish dull skin and improves the texture of oily skin.
Lemon: Lemon is a natural exfoliant because of the citric acid is a gentle skin peel that removes the dead top layer of skin. The vitamin C in a lemon stimulates cell renewal and brightens the skin.
Honey: Honey is a humectant, meaning it traps and seals in moisture. Honey is also antibacterial, which can help reduce foot odor and bacterial infections.
Olive Oil: Olive oil contains Omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids which help produce the skin’s natural oil barrier. This can keep your skin hydrated and plumper looking.
Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is anti fungal and antibacterial so it helps fight athletes foot, toe nail fungus and ringworm. It is also good for softening corns before using a scraper to remove them.
Rosemary: Rosemary is often used to relieve soreness and arthritis pain and helps with circulation. It is also an antiseptic and is antibacterial. It can remove dryness and reduce itching associated with psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis.
Lavender: Lavender is used to help Eczema because it relieves itching and adds moisture to skin. It is also a detoxifier and can help inhibit the growth of bacteria on your skin. In addition, lavender is good for soothing tired muscles, especially in the feet and head. (And the scent is relaxing and calming.)
For all of these recipes, apply scrub to feet and rub in a circular motion. Rinse feet and pat dry, then apply moisturizer. You can also interchange oils and exchange sugar for salt (and vice versa) if your heart desires. Get creative!!
(For larger recipes, store left overs in a mason jar or plastic container.)
Honey and Sugar Scrub
Mix ingredients well. This is an easy, basic scrub that is great on your face as well.
Tea Tree and Mint Scrub
Place sea salt into bowl and add olive oil, tea tree and peppermint oil. Mix well.
Soothing Lavender Foot Scrub
Sugar Cookie Foot Scrub
Created by: www.soletshangout.com
Rosemary and Peppermint Foot Scrub
Toss ingredients into a cup and stir together. If mix is too dry, add more olive oil. If it is too wet, add more salt.
Lemon Sugar Scrub
Coffee Foot Scrub
Mix ingredients well.
Do you have a favorite homemade foot scrub recipe? Share it in the comments!