When you have to stand for extended hours, take long walks from the train station to your office, and wear high stilettos for the sake of your job, there will always be that real MVP – your feet. Your feet are the ones enduring the pain and sores brought by your busy lifestyle. With this, it would be nice to treat your tired feet every once in a while and give them the pampering they deserve.
One of the best ways to do that is by having a foot spa. The good thing is you don’t have to spend a couple of bucks in a salon just to have a rewarding foot bath. A little DIY skill backed by some basic ingredients you can find in your bathroom and kitchen is all you need to have your foot spa session at home.
Step One: Prepare Your Foot Bath
Raid your kitchen and bathroom for a few basic foot spa materials you’ll need:
- Absorbent towels
- Large basin or tub
- Warm water
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- One tablespoon baking soda
- Essential oils
Place an absorbent towel or pad on the floor to prevent water spills during your foot soak then lay a basin that is large enough to fit both feet comfortably. Then fill two-thirds full with warm water. Make sure the water is not too hot for it can worsen the dryness of your skin.
Step Two: Add Epsom Salt and Baking Soda
Add about a cup of Epsom salts and one tables spoon of baking soda to the basin. Epsom salt soak will loosen the dead skin, making it easier for you to scrub the nasty impurities all away. The baking soda, on the other hand, relieves dry skin and reduces foot odor and the risk of having one. Mix the soak until the salts and baking soda are dissolved.
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Step Three: Experiment With Essential Oils
Herbs and essential oils help moisturize your dry skin and add fragrance to your foot soak. Peppermint, Aloe Vera, fennel, and chamomile is proven to revive feet and relieve dryness. Lavender, spearmint, or lemon essential oil is good for soothing tired feet.
You can also try the almond and milk tandem to soften your feet. Just add one cup of powdered milk (dairy or soy) and one tablespoon of almond oil to the mixture.
Step Four: Soak Your Feet
Soak your feet in the warm foot bath for five to twenty minutes. You may also remove your feet from the tub when water gets cold. Since it’s a lengthy period, you can use the time to read some magazines, watch an entertaining TV show, or do nothing but relax while listening to soothing music.
Step Five: Dry Your Feet Thoroughly
Don’t rinse your feet after soaking them. Instead, gently pat them dry using a soft towel. It is important to dry your feet thoroughly to prevent fungi, which thrive in moist environments. These nasty organisms are the ones responsible for toenail fungus and athlete’s foot.
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Step Six: Massage and Exfoliate
After soaking your feet and drying them with a towel, it’s time for a quick massage and gentle exfoliation. You may use a rich balm or cream, or any gentle exfoliating products. Now that the impurities have softened up and are easy to remove, scrub them away using a towel or a foot scraper. You’ll find this step disgusting but in a very satisfying way especially when you see your dead skin and calluses scrubbed off your feet.
You can also make your scrub exfoliate your feet further. One way is to mix one tablespoon of the unscented body, oil, aloe vera gel, kosher salts, and whole oats. Another way is to combine 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/8 cup olive oil and one teaspoon of honey. You can use either of these two. Mix them well and massage onto each foot and leg, especially on your swollen varicose veins for about three minutes then rinse them away.
Step Seven: Moisturize
After the gentle exfoliation, it’s now time to rub your favorite moisturizing foot or body lotion over your feet and leave them soft and fragrant. Apply thick moisturizing lotion on your feet as soon as you finish patting dry and the skin is still damp.