As I'm sure you're aware, this weekend is the 4th of July, a holiday in which we consume countless hot dogs, a (perfectly reasonable) amount of adult beverages, and splash around the pool in order to celebrate the freedom bestowed upon us by our forefathers.
And just as our forefathers would have wanted us to consume grilled foods on this very special day, they also would probably appreciate our feet to look as best as they can. Thus, I have thrown together the easiest DIY foot scrub that, when paired with an oil soak, will ensure your feet are the prettiest at the pool party. #ThomasJeffersonMadeMeDoIt
Honestly, the quest for soft and pretty feet is never-ending for me. I've realized that it takes serious upkeep, especially in the summer when my feet are more susceptible to the environment via sandals and flip-flops. The key, I've learned, is consistent exfoliation (it's the same with all your skin) and lots and lots of moisture. Cute nail polish helps, too.
OK, so gather round the following stuff:
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup epsom salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (or olive oil)
- Pumice stone (I'm also using Le Edge Exfoliator)
- Body oil (again, olive oil is OK)
Combine your equal parts oil, sugar and epsom salt. If you want something less abrasive, only use white and brown sugar. If you want more of a scrub factor, throw in some extra-coarse Epsom salt.
Apply your easy DIY foot scrub to clean feet and scrub, scrub, scrub. REALLY give yourself a good foot massage, focusing on the heels and the sides of your feet, where dead, rough skin accumulate. I used a pumice stone for even more exfoliation, and then I wiped it all away with Le Edge. Rinse well.
Phase Two: OIL. I'm using Weleda's Wild Rose Oil, which I zapped in the microwave for 20 seconds to warm up. Just cover your feet real good and let the oil soak into the skin.
To help lock in moisture and give you some freedom (FREEDOM!) to walk around, throw on some socks. I like to let my feet soak up the oil for a good 30 minutes, but you can go anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple hours, or even overnight, if you wanted to. The longer, the better.
Once done, massage any excess oil into your feet and up your legs. Bonus: your hands and nails are gonna look real nice after all this exfoliation and moisturizing, too.
And that's it. The more often you do this (once a week is good), the softer and softer your feet will become. SOFT FEET FOR SUMMER MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
- What are you doing this 4th of July?
- What color are your toes RIGHT NOW?