March On, Little Feet, with Foot Scrubs
It’s no secret that our feet take a beating. Some of us have jobs which involve spending all day on our feet – some of us have skin prone to cracking or callouses. Whatever the case may be, our feet get us from point A to point B, yet we often end up neglecting their care. If you don’t feel like shelling out for a pedicure every month, there are still a few great tips to help you take the best care of your feet that you can. A combination regimen of foot scrubs, body lotions, and baths will help you show those little soldiers that you appreciate all the work they do for you.
The importance of foot scrubs
A foot scrub removes the dry, dead skin from your feet. Removing dead skin allows new skin to emerge. There’s no point in moisturising without first exfoliating, since moisturiser on dead skin doesn’t do anything. Before you use a foot scrub, soak your feet in a bath to soften the skin. To relax feet and reduce swelling, make a salt bath by dissolving ½ cup Epsom salts or sea salt in warm water and soaking your feet for 10-15 minutes, or until water is no longer warm. There are a number of different kinds of foot scrubs to choose from, each with different effects. The most basic scrubs are sugar or salt. These help slough of dead skin cells and seal moisture into the skin. A coffee foot scrub invigorates the skin and improves blood circulation. And a lavender scrub aids in relaxation. To use the scrub, place a small amount in your hand and massage the feet using circular motions. Pay special attention to the pad of the foot and the arch, as these areas are often the most tense. Rinse with warm water and apply a rich moisturiser immediately afterward.
How to find the best foot scrub
Finding the best foot scrub isn’t hard – you can either buy a great one or make your own. For instance, to make the coffee foot scrub described earlier, combine 4 tablespoons of ground coffee, 3 tablespoons of corn meal, 3 tablespoons sea salt or Epsom salt, 3 of tablespoons olive oil, and 2 drops of peppermint oil. Blend well and apply. To make a brown sugar scrub, mix 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 2 tablespoons ground oats in a blender until fine. Add 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon almond oil or olive oil. If you don’t feel like making a foot scrub, there are really lovely ones on the market which include essential oils, moisturising ingredients, and different consistencies of exfoliating agents.
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