Every once in a while I like to give myself a spa night at home. I’ll throw on a face mask, create a DIY foot soak and watch my favorite YouTube channels.
Our feet are often one of the most neglected parts of our bodies yet even though they do so much for us! I tend to pay more attention to my feet in the summertime because I am always wearing sandals but regular foot care shouldn’t stop when the weather starts to cool down. Taking good care of your feet is not only relaxing (there are pressure points in your feet) but prevents bacteria from breeding which causes foot odor, foot fungus and simply keeps your feet feeling smooth.
Step 1 – Soak Those Feet!
My favorite day of the week to take extra care of my feet is on Fridays after work. There is nothing like creating a nice foot soak and giving my feet a little TLC after a long week of being up on my feet. I always start with a relaxing D.I.Y foot soak. At this time I also like to put on a face mask. Sometimes I’ll use a sheet mask and other days I prefer using a mud mask. Either way, once it is time to remove my face mask my feet are ready to come out of my foot soak. The D.I.Y. foot soak that I have at the end of this post is not only relaxing but will help to fight bacteria!
Step 2 – Exfoliate
The next step is to dry my feet and start using a pumice stone to get rid of calluses. My favorite is this Sole Smoother by Tweezerman. I also have the PedEgg Power which works well and is less abrasive. I am not a fan of at home callus trimmers as I find that you can easily cut into the skin increasing the likeliness of infection. If your calluses are really troublesome then you should always seek a professional that can trim them down safely.
Step 3 – Lotion Those Puppies Up!
After I am done with my pumice stone I will wash away the dead skin (Eww! Sounds gross. I know!) from my feet. The last step is to apply your favorite moisturizer. This Burt’s Bees Foot Cream is nice or you can always just use coconut oil!
Now for my favorite part! Take the time to massage the lotion into your feet. This will relieve some of the tension built up from the work week. Check this article on SheKnows.com for instructions on how to give yourself the perfect foot massage.
Once you are done with the foot massage simply throw on some fluffy socks and continue with your nighttime routine. I like to do this routine a few hours before bed. This way I don’t have to worry about stuffing my oiled up feet into shoes and I know I can simply relax for the rest of the night!
Do Not Use this if you have any open wounds as vinegar and oils can cause irritation. If you have any serious fungal or bacterial issues see a doctor before soaking your feet. Safety first loves!
DIY Foot Soak
1 Cup White Vinegar
2 Cups Water
Add a few drops of Eucalyptus, Lavender, or tee tree oil (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients and your foot soak is ready. Feel free to add more or less water keeping the ratio at 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water.
Soak your feet for about 20 minutes.
This is my favorite D.I.Y. foot soak because I always have these ingredients on hand. If you wanna get a little fancy there are many other recipes that you can follow. Some of the most interesting I have come across are listed below! Do you have any tips for keeping your feet looking and feeling good? Also, let us know your favorite ways of pampering yourself!