DIY Beauty: Footcare
Pinkangelmonkey recommended a few days ago that I do a blog on feet and various ways to care for them. And I'm finally acting on her good idea!
After all, it's summer and your feet need to look great in sandals, flip flops, or whatever open toed shoe your choice happens to be. So today I'm bringing you a few ideas to help keep your tootsies terrific!
1/4 c beeswax
1/4 cocoa butter
1/2 c sweet almond,apricot kernal or other oil
5 drops each, Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils
Apply to feet and enjoy the softness.
You will need:
Arrowroot powder (from health food store)
Essential Oils (from health food store)
Powder Jar (from craft supply store) OR old spice jars
For Foot Powder: Peppermint essential oil is a great choice
For Baby Powder: Lavender is lovely.
Simply drop your choice of essential oil into the Arrowroot powder and stir or shake (if in a baggie). The natural scent will permeate the powder. If you can’t find Arrowroot powder, you may substitute Cornstarch, although some people have allergies to this. Pour the powder in a powder sifter jar or shaker jar. You can use up your old spice jars if you wish. Simply clean the spice jars well, remove the label and dry. Write on the jar using a metallic pen or create a label on your computer and stick it on the jar.
Milk and Water Foot Soak
7 cups of water
2 cups of milk
Mix the water and milk and heat on stovetop or in the microwave. You want the mixture to be as hot as your feet can take.
Put the milk mixture in large bowl and soak your feet in it for at least 10 minutes.
Rinse with clear water and pat dry. Apply some lotion to your soft feet.
Homemade Foot Scrub Recipe
Treat your feet with this simple sugar scrub for incredibly soft feet.
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of lotion
Mix the sugar and lotion in a bowl. Massage the sugar and lotion mixture in your feet to exfoliate.
Rinse with clear water and pat dry. Apply some additional lotion to your soft feet.
Peppermint Foot Spray Recipe
Treat your feet to this tingly foot spray. The peppermint smells great and will revive tired feet in no time.
1 cup distilled water
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 tsp. Essential Oil of Peppermint
1/4 tsp. Tee Tree Oil
Combine all ingredients and pour into a spray bottle.
Peppermint Leg Gel
This is a light, non-greasy, invigorating gel that is perfect for tired legs and feet. For extra cooling action, place this gel in the refrigerator before using.
1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel
1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon witch hazel
3-4 drops peppermint oil
Combine the aloe vera, cornstarch, and witch hazel in a heat-resistant container. Warm the mixture until it is a clear, thick liquid about the consistency of honey. (You can do this in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds for 1 to 2 minutes on high.)
After the mixture has cooled, add the peppermint oil and stir thoroughly. Pour into an airtight container. Massage this lotion into your legs and feet for an instant pick-me-up.
Yield: 4 ounces
Basic Foot Powders
Foot powders should consist of equal amounts of cornstarch and baking soda.
Banana Hand & Foot Cream
Dry hands and feet will become smooth and soft overnight.
Mix ingredients together. Smear on hands and wear white gloves to bed. Wash off in the morning. For dry feet, smear the mixture on and wear heavy socks to bed, wash off in the morning.
Beach Sand Foot Scrub
2 Tablespoons Canola or olive oil
2 Tablespoons beach sand
3-5 drops rosemary oil
Combine and mix into a paste using a fork. Massage scrub onto feet, concentrating especially on problem areas. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
Exfoliating Foot Mask
1/2 C. oatmeal
1/2 C. cornmeal
1/2 C. coarse salt
1/2 C. unscented body lotion
4 T. aloe vera gel
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Slide feet into mixture and rub, beginning at toes, working up to heel and ankle. Do one foot at a time, rinsing in a separate bowl of warm water.
Lemon Soak for Dry Feet
1 large bowl warm water
Juice of 1 lemon
Add lemon juice to warm water in bowl. Soak feet for 15 to 20 minutes. Use a pumice stone to gently slough away dry skin.
Spices have many uses you might not think of. For instance, they're very useful in warming the body on a cold day. Try a bit of clove or cinnamon oil massaged into the feet and hands in order to warm and relax them.
So take a minute tonight and take care of your little piggies!