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A HOMEMADE FOOT SCRUB THAT'LL SAVE YOU A FORTUNE IN PEDICURES

Sep 30, 2013

A Homemade Foot Scrub That'll Save You A Fortune in Pedicures

Sandal season may be on its last proverbial legs, but the season of parched, dry feet is just beginning. (Not the sexiest subject, we know, but bear with us, it’s for your own good.) True, this time of year there’s not much point to getting your toes professionally polished. Plus, cutting back on pedicures is a great way to save money and make room for other little indulgences. However, cold weather means rapidly dehydrating skin, and dry heels and calluses need to get exorcised somehow.

YouTube beauty guru Essie Button swears by this easy, all-natural homemade foot scrub:

Ingredients:
About 1 ½ cups sea salt
½ cup almond oil (or olive oil, if you prefer)
1-2 tsp. lemon zest
1 lemon
3-4 drops of peppermint oil (or essential oil of your preference)

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a plastic bowl, transfer to an air-tight jar, and store in fridge for later use.

This concoction is the key element in any at-home, spa-pedigree pedi. All you need is ten to fifteen minutes, this exfoliator, a warm footbath, a pumice stone, and you’re good to go. Simply soak your feet in a hot water and milk bath for ten minutes, massage the scrub into the soles of your feet using the callous stone, then rinse and dry. Nothing beats the feeling of slipping smooth, moisturized feet into a pair of cozy sweater socks, except maybe avoiding a trek to the salon when it's going on thirty degrees outside.

Watch Estée of Essie Button make her homemade foot scrub in the video below, and for more tips on how to keep hydrated in the changing weather, check out this recipe for an all-natural, deep conditioning hair mask. Desperately in need of a spa day, but can't get away? Click through the slideshow above for tips on how to recreate the experience at home.


 

By Cordelia Tai

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