One way of taking care of your feet is to wash them daily and use quality and comfortable shoes or wear premium cotton socks. But, another effective way of keeping your feet healthy is to use foot scrubs – and I’m not talking about commercial ones, but rather the homemade versions.
Cracked heels is a common foot condition affecting many people, especially women. I did hear of an odd-sounding home remedy – one that includes banana peels – for cracked heels, but this milk scrub can also work wonders.
What you’ll need:
- Half or one cup of milk
- 4-5 cups of warm water
- Half cup of baby oil
- 4-5 tablespoons of sugar (or you can also opt for salt)
- A pair of socks
- Pumice stone
- A thick moisturizer (you can opt for your favorite brand)
- Salicyclic acid acne pads
Instructions to make the milk scrub:
Step 1: In a large basin or a clean foot bathtub, add half or one cup of milk along with 4-5 cups of warm water. Stir and then soak your feet in it for at least 10-15 minutes.
Step 2: Take a bowl and add the baby oil as well as the sugar (or salt) and mix properly. Once you obtain a thick paste, apply it all over your feet and massage it in soft, circular motions.
Step 3: Then, use the pumice stone for another scrub on your callused heels.
Step 4: Once the scrub is done, rinse your feet and pat dry them. Afterward, rub them with the salicylic acid acne pads – these pads play a huge role in exfoliating your feet.
Step 5: Now, it’s time to apply a thick moisturizer (an alternative is petroleum jelly) to the bottom of your feet. Once the moisturizer has been applied, put on some thick and comfy socks and give your feet some rest –it could be for a few hours or one whole night.
“Milk is a very smooth and moisturizing ingredient and I think if you use it to make a scrub, it can work as a natural anti-aging solution.” – From Pratisha
“I use it daily and my advice to those who are new to this scrub would be: don’t massage with pressure; be very gentle.” –From Daisy
Did you know that coffee scrubs are a type of mechanical exfoliation? This means that a coffee scrub can physically remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. And, another benefit of a coffee scrub is the natural exfoliating effects from the coffee grounds themselves.
So like any other exfoliating foot scrubs, this coffee scrub can help in removing dead skin cells from your feet and yield a smoother and more even look to your foot skin.
What you’ll need:
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Half or one cup of finely ground coffee particles
- A quarter cup of brown sugar
- Half cup of coconut oil
Instructions to make the coffee scrub:
Step 1: You start by warming the coconut oil above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. And, once you have obtained the liquid form, mix it properly with half or one cup of finely ground coffee particles along with the vanilla extract. Then, let it aside and let it cool for 2-3 minutes.
Step 2: Once the mixture has cooled down, add around a quarter cup of brown sugar.
Step 3: Once you’ve mixed all the ingredients, apply the paste all over your feet and massage in soft, circular motions. Let it rest on your feet for a few minutes before wiping it clean. And, don’t worry, the oil residue left on your skin will continue working on your feet.
“For years, I’ve been buying lots of commercial products but this homemade coffee scrub is the best. It helps to exfoliate and make the feet smooth and soft.” – From A. N