Want a foot spa at home? The homemade foot scrubs for dead skin is ideal for you.
You pay an ample amount of attention to your body and face, but you sit back as if that part of the body doesn’t need to be taken care of when it comes to showing love and care to your feet. Needless to say that your feet are the most utilized part of the body and therefore need special care.
Exfoliating your feet once a week is the phenomenal technique to maintain them from the harsh dryness. The best way to do this is by moisturizing them with a natural, organic homemade DIY foot scrub for dead skin. To have a better insight into homemade foot scrubs, scroll down so that you are fully aware of how to take good care of your feet. Not only this but, have the best time of your life by learning some of the best DIY foot scrub methods.
What is a Foot Scrub?
Prepared with dried salt granules and infused with some homemade organic ingredients, a foot scrub is required for a foot care remedy that absorbs grime, toxins, and dirt from your feet and deeply cleanses the pores of the skin.
It is usually applied on feet with a foot scrub brush to spread it evenly on the skin but not necessarily as you can also use it with your hands as long as you are applying it in circular motions.
When you need a Foot Scrub?
As mentioned above, our feet are the part of the body that is used continuously to carry out daily activities. This is why they are not given the time to relax, which is essential for them to stay hydrated.
More than often, constantly putting up the socks and shoes on feet prevents the air from reaching them. This causes less or no friction to reach them, thus giving rise to dead skin on the bottom of the feet.
Not looking after the feet during that period can lead to adverse consequences. Painful swelling, dry skin causing redness, or crackly heels are just a few examples of it. These reasons are sufficient for one to know why regular scrubbing or exfoliating of the feet is crucial to nourish them.
What Causes Dead Skin On Feets?
There are several reasons which cause dead skin on feet.
1. Lack of moisture– leading to scaly or dry skin. It can also cause loosening, hanging, or hardening of the skin. Skin flaking can also be very commonly seen on the sole and heel as these areas are widely known for having fewer oil glands.
2. Humidity and heat– Closed shoes, such as boots and sneakers, can create an extremely warm and moist surrounding for the foot. This can draw moisture from the skin, resulting in dry, oily, or ruptured areas on the legs.
3. Irritation– prolonged standing or wearing poorly fitting shoes can place relentless pressure on specific areas of the feet or cause severe skin friction. These areas of the feet can become dry, blistered, or broken as a consequence. Your feet are also contagious, and hence it can pick fungus very quickly from the floor or shared socks. If they are extremely warm or sticky, they may grow on your feet as well. This is more likely to happen when your shoes are not sufficiently ventilated or lack moisture, leading to cracks on the feet.
4. Aging– As we age, our skin tends to lose the capability to absorb water causing it to lose its plump and get thinner resulting in dry skin.
5. Body Washes– some body washes and soaps that are rich in chemicals and allergens can cause dry skin. This happens when you rinse off your feet in a hurry, not realizing that the soap or the shampoo hasn’t gotten off the skin thoroughly.
6. Medications– The use of medicines can cause physical effects on the skin. Therefore, resulting in dryness on the feet and some other regions of the body.
Few Steps To Exfoliate Your Feet at Home?
To make DIY foot scrubbing easier, let me introduce you to some of the necessary steps that can be used with other types of scrubs as well.
Step #1. Soak your feet in lukewarm water and run it over your skin for 5-10 minutes.
Step #2. Applying scrub using circular motions, starting from heel to toe.
Step #3. Exhibiting gentle pressure while scrubbing. This is done to avoid scrubbing too vigorously and redness on the feet.
Step #4. Continue scrubbing for 5 to 7 minutes, and then rinse the scrub off the feet thoroughly.
Step #5. Use moisturizer or body oil on the feet while they are wet.
These are the steps that do wonders for me and hence, enhancing my overall exfoliating experience.
Nevertheless, these can work quite amazingly well with quick foot scrubs.
Using salt-based scrub can cause skin irritation initially. Coupled with this, it can also leave the feet stinging if used right after shaving or waxing. Hence, these cautions must be taken into consideration before putting on a scrub.
How to Remove Dead Skin from Feet?
Many ways can be used to remove dead skin from the feet. However, here I would like to start with the most basic one. Applying the freshly prepared homemade DIY foot scrub at least once or twice a week. This helps to keep the feet in balance by helping you to get over your dryness.
Other than that, Pumice stone and Epsom salt are also instant remedies for dead skin.
One of the foot soak recipe that I regularly use is;
Homemade Foot Soak for Achy Feet
2 tablespoon of vinegar
Epsom salt or sea salt
Fill the footbath with hot water. Add vinegar and Epsom/sea salt in it and soak feet inside the tub for 20 minutes. Prepare the same mixture with cold water. Soak the towel in the mixture, squeeze out the remaining water and wrap it on the feet for five minutes. Repeat the procedure several times to overcome the inflammation and get relief from achy feet.
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Tips Before using Diy Foot Scrub For Dead Skin
Here are some tips you need to take into consideration before you try diy foot scrub for dead skin at home;
1. Do a foot scrub patch test to check for allergies, especially if you are using natural products such as essential oils.
2. Before using a scrub, massage your feet for 10 minutes in warm water. This will enhance the treatment quality.
6 Best Homemade Diy Foot Scrubs for Dead Skin
Now, let’s look at easy recipes for homemade foot scrubs.
#1. Exhilarating Lemon Foot Scrub
2 cups of granulated sugar
1/4th-1/3rd cup of almond oil (you can use coconut oil as well in case of not having almonds)
6-8 drops of lemon oil
Mix sugar and almond or coconut oil in a dry, clean vessel. Add oil until you get a soft wet sand texture. Add the lemon essential oil as the consistency gets smoother.
#2. Whitening Milk DIY Foot Scrub Home Treatment
1 cup of milk
5-6 cups of lukewarm water
4-5 tablespoons of salt or sugar, depending on the type of base you prefer
1/2-1 cup of baby oil
Add water and milk in a footbath. Soak your feet for 5-10 minutes in a foot bathtub. Take another bowl and pour baby oil, sugar, or salt and mix until you get a thick paste that can be applied all over the feet in circular motions.
#3. Peppermint Foot Scrub with Epsom Salt
1 cup of Epsom Salt
1 tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil
4-5 drops of peppermint oil
Take a bowl and mix all the ingredients.
Transfer the mixture into an empty glass jar
Scrub the feet for 10 to 12 minutes with the mixture you just prepared and leave it for the next 10 minutes in the open air.
Rinse off the feet after 10 minutes and apply a moisturizer or soothing cream.
Benefits of using Peppermint for feet
Peppermint oil alleviates aches and discomfort including other benefits. The feet are softened and moisturized by coconut and olive oils. Not only this, but you get a glowy look on the feet and being someone who makes this mixture every week, I can say without any doubt that this scrub is excellent for tired feet and is ideal for all kinds of skin. This particular DIY foot scrub for dead skin can be used by anyone.
#4. Refreshing DIY Coffee Foot Scrub
2 tablespoon of coffee grounds
2 tablespoon of sugar(coarse)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Take a bowl and mix all the ingredients in it
Make sure you get a thick paste
1. Apply it all over the feet and massage for 15 to 20 minutes with a foot scrub brush to spread it evenly
2. Rinse off properly
Benefits of using this scrub
This homemade foot scrub improves the skin’s texture on your feet. The coffee grounds are good for removing dead skin cells and scrubbing the feet. It softens our feet.
#5. The Most Smoothening Tea Tree Oil and Mint Foot Scrub
One cup of bath salt
3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil
3-4 drops of tea tree essential oil
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Mix sea salt and both the oils in the bowl until you get the paste.
Add some aloe vera to have a refreshing impact.
Apply the paste on the feet and exfoliate in a circular motion for 10 minutes
Rinse off and use a moisturizer while your feet are still wet
Benefits of using tea tree oil
The essential oils nourish your feet and eradicate any bacteria and germs on them. The salt serves as a cleaner that removes dirt from your feet and dead skin cells. This recipe is the most beneficial recipe out of all that I have used by far and leaves a lasting impact. For sure, this is a must-try recipe and enables you to enjoy a spa experience at home.
Disclaimer: If you have cracked heels, the essential oil might sting initially, but there is nothing to worry about since the after-effects will be worth it.
#6. Homemade Foot Scrub with Coconut Oil and Salt
One cup of salt (you can use any bath salt or Epsom)
1/4 cup of coconut oil
3-4 drops of any essential oil (my best pick is tea tree oil or peppermint oil)
1/4 cup of vitamin E oil (this ingredient freshen up your cells but is not mandatory to include, you can add this if it’s available)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and store them in the jar. Set the jar aside for few days
Use it after few days when it’s ready for application
Use it to rub your feet gently for at least 20 minutes. I use it mostly during a bath.
For broken heels, this is the perfect DIY foot scrub. For all skin types, it is healthy and revitalizes your feet. By keeping the skin hydrated, coconut oil is excellent for treating many skin disorders. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits and safeguards the skin barrier.
Benefits for Making Foot Scrubs at Home
Making foot scrubs at home releases a lot of my mental pressure, the process is what is stress releasing. Hence, whenever my mental health takes a toll on me, I know I can prepare myself a delightful and cooling scrub and can relive the best time of my life.
Preparing homemade foot scrubs to have its perks as well such as saving you from getting your hands on those expensive scrubs that may include allergic ingredients resulting in reactions.
For homemade foot scrubs, at least you are aware of the ingredients that you are adding and the inclusion of alternate ingredients. This may help you to stay extra cautious in case of having highly sensitive skin.
Lastly, whenever you run short on scrub you can simply make another one at home rather than going out and buying yourself a new one. Therefore, preventing you from indulging in any hassles of going out.
Have you used any foot scrubs for dead skin at home? What’s your favourite diy foot scrub recipe?
Let us know in the comments.