The gorgeous weather here demands sandals.
But … Yuk. Yuk. Yuk!
My post winter feet are disgusting.
And anything but summer ready.
Urgent industrial scale work is needed to clear the hard and cracked skin and get these babies soft and smooth for the sun.
I’ve forked out for pricey creams before … but am loath to do so again when I’m not sure what exactly I’m plastering all over my tootsies …
… and am not even convinced they work!!
So I’m raiding the pantry for natural foot treatments that won’t cost the earth … and have proven their worth for generations of women from Cleopatra down 🙂
As always good nutrition and drinking loads of water helps skin no end but beyond that, here’s a whole bunch of soaks, scrubs and creams that you can whip up yourself …
Natural Foot Soaks
A good foot soak will soften the skin and make it easier to scrub … for intensive treatment try 10 … 15 minutes every day or as often as you can in any of these …
- Warm water and lemon juice
- Warm water and glycerine
- Warm water and salt
- Warm water and honey
- Any combination of the above
- 1/4 cup Listerine (any flavour) and 1/4 cup white vinegar – don’t use vinegar if got any cuts or broken skin, stop use if skin becomes red and irritated and don’t use more than 3 times a week
- Epsom salts
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 1 cup milk, 5 cups of warm water
I’m currently writing this with my feet in a bucket of milk 🙂
Apply a scrub or pumice after a soak.
Natural Foot Scrubs
- Crushed oatmeal with almond or coconut oil (5 teaspoons to 1)
- Crushed oatmeal with almond or coconut oil and 1/2 a teaspoon of honey
- Rice flour, honey and apple cider vinegar (5 teaspoons to 1 plus enough vinegar to make paste)
- Salt, olive oil & lemon juice
- Salt, olive oil & brown sugar
- Granulated sugar, almond or olive oil & lemon juice
- Equal parts canned/cooked pumpkin and brown sugar, teaspoons of coffee grounds and lemon juice plus a tablespoon of olive oil!
Natural Foot Treatments
If you’re feet are as bad as mine and you’ve got really ripe bananas that aren’t going to get eaten or see ripe papayas at the market going cheap you can mush up a paste with a bit of olive oil and leave them on for 15 minutes after the scrub.
Natural Foot Cream
Bed time is obviously a great time to lather on a natural foot cream but during the day you can also try massaging in something you wouldn’t want on your feet in bed and wrap your feet up in cling film for an hour.
All of these should deep moisturise horrid dry skin on your feet …
- Olive oil
- Olive oil blended with strawberries
- Petroleum jelly and lemon juice
- Coconut oil
- Coconut oil and shea butter
- Almond oil
- Canola oil
I’m experimenting with olive oil, petroleum jelly … from my handy stain removal kit 🙂 … and glycerine. I’ll let you know what I think works best.
What about you? Have you got sure fire recipes for summer smooth feet that you can concoct from the pantry? Do share them below … and if you’ve found this post useful, take a peak at other posts in our Health & Self section.