Have your legs been painful and cracked and possibly in a very bad shape? Well, half of your problems can be washed off by mixing a few items that you can grab right out of your kitchen. Be it for terribly cracked heels, or after a long day of standing, walking and running around or simply just some pampering session, traditional feet soaking techniques are always the go to choice.
Listed below are 9 Foot Baths and Soaks that you can try while doing pedicure at home for tan removal all by yourself :
1. Camphor and Eucalyptus Honey foot soak
Making this soak is easy and simple as it only uses the products that will be there in most homes. Eucalyptus oil is know to have soothed aching body parts externally for over centuries and camphor is a natural coolant. This cool combo is bound to calm your tense feet. It involves mixing 8 cups hot water, 1 cup honey, 2 cups Epsom salt, 2 Tablespoons almond oil (optional), 6 drops eucalyptus oil, 4 drops camphor oil or 2 teaspoons camphor gel/cream, 4 drops arnica oil (optional) in a mixing jar. Soak your legs in the mix for a stimulating soak.
2. Honey and lemon foot bath
After a long and tiring day, a honey and lemon foot bath is luxury for your feet. Honey attracts and seals moisture to hydrate your feet; while lemon, loaded with citric acid will react to remove dead skin cells. Adding a dab of apple cider vinegar acts as a muscle relaxer and is also anti-bacterial. All it takes is half a cup of honey, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one sliced lemon. This is the best option for people with busy schedules and those who often wear piercingly painful heels all day.
3. Listerine in hot water foot soak
For terribly cracked heels, the simplest and easiest solution is Listerine. Difficult and cracked heels can find an astonishing cure with this solution. Listerine removes dirt settled in the cracks of the heels and dead skin cells from your feet; leaving it smooth and beautiful. It is very easy to prepare. Simply add three taps full of Listerine into a bowl of hot water for the mint-perfect pedicure soak.
4. Salt and baking soda foot soak
This can be both a soak and a scrub. Salt happens to be an integral ingredient in many homemade soaks. A baking soda on the other hand is known to peel of dead cells. Adding amounts of salt and baking soda into a pitcher of water acts as a perfect soak prior to a pedicure or for simply a nice long soak.
5. Lemon juice and powdered tea foot soak
This is an antioxidant mix that promotes skin regeneration and helps improve skin quality; especially beneath your toe nails. As soon as the lemon reacts on the feet to clear layers of dead skin cells, the powdered tea will instigate regeneration of new cells. All that it takes to make this soak is squeezing lemon onto the basin filled with water. Finally add half a cup of powdered tea into the solution and soak your feet for 20 – 25 minutes.
6. Traditional vinegar foot soak
If you are someone who sweats a lot or you are an athlete, the traditional vinegar foot soak is what your option should be. It not only helps remove odor but also leaves the feet soft and supple. The odor may come off as too strong in the beginning but a nice wash after would wipe away the strong odor. Applying an essential oil and massaging your feet later is an additional help.
For additional pampering try the essential oil foot baths. These not only relax your feet but also relieves you of anxiety. Their fragrance is the brownie bonus! We suggest that the water you use should be lukewarm.
Listed below are some of the essential oils that work great as a foot soak:
7. Lavender foot bath
This is one popular ingredient used for creating a relaxing and refreshing foot bath. The medicinal qualities along with this scent is an added advantage of this bath. 2 drops of lavender essential oil in a basin filled with water is a perfect relaxation technique.
8. Sandalwood foot bath
Sandalwood is said to have tremendous healing powers and the smell acts as a relaxant. This age old beauty product is bound to calm your foot nerves and cleanse them off dirt leaving behind a mellow fragrance. All you have to do to make this bath is heat water in a basin and when it boils, add 2 – 3 drops of sandalwood essential oil. Sit back and enjoy the cozy bath.
9. Peppermint foot comforting soak
This ingredient offers an instant revitalization of your sore and tired feet. They relax the tired muscles and help you get a good night’s sleep. All that you will have to do is add a few drops of peppermint essential oil into a bucket of hot water. Adding a drop or two of lemongrass oil boosts the effect. Let the minty freshness get your feet up and running for another day.
The chant should be soak, exfoliate and moisture. Skipping any one of the three steps would result in a unsatisfactory result. When you are doing it anyway, do it right. Most of the soaks can be prepared very easily at home itself. Most of the products involved are kitchen essentials and have extremely effortless preparation procedure. Like we always say, consistency is the key!