Give your feet some much-needed TLC with these scrubs that you can make in the comfort of your kitchen.
Coffee ground scrub
The next time you’re making some coffee, don’t throw away the grounds. Use them to make foot scrub to exfoliate and smoothen your feet. Mix 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds with 2 tablespoons of coarse sugar and 1 tablespoon of olive or coconut oil to create a thick paste. Rub the scrub into your skin and massage for 10 minutes and then wash off. Coffee grounds are also anti-inflammatory, so they help alleviate swelling and pain, a definite bonus. The oil will moisturise and help deal with any cracked heels.
Oatmeal and honey scrub
Grind some oatmeal into a powder, but keep it a little coarse. Take 2 tablespoons of the oatmeal powder and combine with 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix together to form a paste. Massage the scrub on your feet for 10 minutes and wash off. Oatmeal is a great exfoliator, while honey has antibacterial properties and helps prevent infections, which is great for the monsoon. Honey is also a natural humectant, making it a wonderful moisturiser that will keep your feet soft and smooth.
Bath salt, olive oil, and peppermint scrub
Mix ½ cup of bath salt with 2 tablespoons of olive oil to make a paste. Then add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil and mix well. Massage into your feet and keep the scrub on for 10 minutes. Then rinse off. Bath salts relieve muscle tension, pain and inflammation, and increase blood circulation. Peppermint oil is antimicrobial and antiseptic, helpful in dealing with bacteria and infections, it also eases aches and pains, while olive oil softens tough skin and moisturises.
Milk, raw sugar, and coconut oil scrub
Take a pedicure tub and pour in 2 cups whole milk and 2 cups of hot water. Soak your feet in this mixture for 10 minutes or until the water has become cold. Make a thick paste with 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Scrub your feet with this paste, concentrating on your heels and other calloused areas. Wash your feet and moisturise with coconut oil. While the hot water softens hard skin, the lactic acid in milk sloughs of dead skin by breaking the bonds between dead skin cells. The rough sugar granules are wonderful exfoliators and the coconut oil, combined with the fat in the milk, will keep your skin moisturised.
Walnut and yoghurt scrub
Mix 1 cup of unflavoured and unpasteurised yoghurt with ½ cup of ground walnuts to form a scrub. Rub this on your feet for 10 minutes and then rinse off. This scrub will help deal with calluses and dry patches and even out the skin texture. Yoghurt is a natural exfoliant and moisturiser, helping restore your skin’s natural moisture. And the ground walnuts exfoliate the tough spots, giving you smooth, happy feet.
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