Hi. I love sharing anything that helps the world feel good. Our feet work hard every day, so they deserve care, too!
The majority of us (men and women) are unaware that beautiful feet are attractive. This is why we see a wide range of foot care solutions from essential oils to milk lotions - to give extra care for the feet.
Did you enjoy my tips on how to get clean and healthy feet? Great! Now let me share the best tips to make them bright and beautiful.
How Much Care Are You Willing to Give?
Your feet work hard every day. They transport you from place to place and help you balance your body so you can move freely and always on the go.
For easy and beautiful feet, think about how much care you are willing to give. You can even create your own spa. I'm also sharing some of my homemade foot spa recipes that you too can make at home. Don't worry, you'll use only the ingredients available.
Let's make beautiful feet from scratch.
If you're not into foot care, check your soles and you'll find fine cracks around. Do you feel discomfort? It looks unbecoming, right?
When dead skin builds on your feet, your skin is more likely to crack. The more it accumulates the harder the skin goes which can be painful and, in some cases, infected. Exfoliation removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells and reveals the healthy, beautiful skin underneath.
You can exfoliate either through the chemical or mechanical method.
1) Chemical exfoliation uses solutions like fruit enzymes or citric acid to remove dead skin from your feet. You will find these solutions in foot scrubs and foot peels.
2) Mechanical exfoliation uses tools like a pumice stone to manually scrub away dead skin In summation.
Scrubbing the feet regularly, at least once a week, helps soften the skin and improves the overall appearance of your feet making them soft and smooth. More importantly, it can discourage calluses and prevents the skin from cracking.
As promised, here are foot scrub recipes you can do yourself:
Foot Scrub Recipes
- If you are growing aloe vera, make a foot scrub by adding two tablespoons of its clear paste-like flesh to 1/4 cup of oatmeal, 1/4 tablespoon rock salt, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons water. Mix thoroughly to form paste. The salt and oatmeal will get rid of rough skin while aloe and olive will work as moisturizers.
- Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 2-3 tablespoons of lotion and 1 tablespoon of water, then gently massage the mixture on your feet for a few minutes. The sugar granules make a fantastic skin exfoliator. Concentrate on the heels, but do this gently so you don't irritate the skin.
- Mix equal parts of sugar and olive oil then scrub on your feet. You can even use salt in place of sugar. The crystals along with oil will work to eliminate hard and rough skin, particularly on the heel area. You can leave the mixture on your skin for a few minutes more before rinsing.
If exfoliating rid unwanted skin cells, soaking the feet in essential oil will make them bright and beautiful. Essential oils provide your feet the soothing, cooling, softening, and uplifting effects to relax them and make you feel good. All you need is a bowl of warm water with drops of oil.
A foot soak hydrates your skin as it soothes the muscles around the feet. The best thing is it can relieve aches and pains due to hours of standing, moving, or walking in shoes that are uncomfortable.
Another benefit of soaking is it indulges the feet in their own bath. Not only it relaxes and refreshes them, but it can also help loosen deep-seated dirt around the toes and toenails.
Try these foot scrub recipes from home:
Foot Scrub Recipes
- Put 1/2 cup of rock salt on almost a half pan of hot water. Dissolve the salt. When the water is cool enough to handle, soak your feet. Feel the healing wonders of salt to tired and swollen feet and ankles.
- Mix 1/2 of a fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of olive or your kitchen oil, and 1/4 cup of milk to 1/2 cup of water then soak your feet. The simple blend of lemon, oil, and milk is enough to make a difference.
- Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of mashed fresh avocado into a half-pan of water. Mix a few drops of olive oil, and soak your feet. The moisturizing effect of avocado and olive oil helps soften cracked heels and dry skin.
- Mix in 1/2 cup of powdered milk (this time leftover milk can be very useful) and 3 tablespoons of olive oil into warm water and soak feet for 20 minutes. The lactic acid in the milk combined with oil will help soften dry dead skin and will leave you with baby soft and smooth feet.
Note: If you don't have olive oil, use any unused kitchen oil.
For best results, leave the mixture on your feet for a few minutes after applying. This softens the skin particularly on the heel region and scrubbing would be much easier. Always scrub with care to prevent irritation.
Moisturizing regularly will leave your feet soft and smooth. Don't forget the soles and in-between the toes - they are just as important to keep feet healthy.
Applying foot cream or lotion just after bathing allows the solution to seep into the skin leaving them soft, smooth, and non-greasy. It is also the best way to treat dry skin. By doing this as a regular skincare routine, your feet will thank you.
If you have very dry skin, baby oil is an effective remedy when applied while the skin is damp. Mild and delicate oil has a longer staying power than typical moisturizers and prevents moisture from evaporating off the skin.
You can also try petroleum jelly before bed, or some moisturizers labeled as Vitamin E enhanced. Rubbing coconut oil on damp feet is an effective skin softener. Even your kitchen vegetable oil can do wonders to feet that need deep refreshing.
You'll love this note: The topmost secret to beautiful feet is to keep them dry.
Don't Underestimate Corns and Calluses
Corns are caused by friction from the toes rubbing together or against the shoe. Calluses, however, develop on the ball or heel of the foot. One of the factors? Poorly fitting shoes.
Because corns and calluses make the feet look dull and unhealthy, many people trim them with a razor blade or other sharp tool. This can cause infection and cut resulting to excessive bleeding or injury to the toe or foot. Over the counter medications commonly contain salicylic acid, which may cause irritation, burns, or infections that are more serious than the corn or callus.
Remove them with care.... treat them naturally.
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Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on February 27, 2016:
Thanks Jackie. No need to worry buying what you have -- your kitchen might have them all! Thanks for dropping by. Cheers! -Tonette
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 09, 2014:
Will try some of these thank you.
Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on June 24, 2013:
Hello Susan. They sure will work wonders -- it's even amazing everything you would need can be found in the kitchen :=)... one day, you'd be able to create your own-fangled recipes... that's more exciting and fun!
Goodluck and thanks for dropping by:=) -Tonette
susanzheng on June 24, 2013:
Oh, this is very good article. I will try some recipes on my own feet, I believe they will work for me.
Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on March 27, 2012:
Thank you for sharing my beautiful feet from scratch Audra. I'm glad you find the ideas great. They're so simple to do at home but very effective, and personally have proven all of them. Thanks for the vote, so much appreciated that I sure would love to be your friend at Facebook. Would take it an honor to be a part of your bright world, too. Thank you for being a friend. Cheers and more power to you!
iamaudraleigh on March 26, 2012:
I just shared this! Lots of great ideas for your feet!!! Voted up!
Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on March 02, 2012:
Hi wwolfs. Yes it's very relaxing. Many times I've tried soaking my tired feet in lukewarm water with salt and it truly relieves. One of your hubs that inspired me much was the opportunity of looking good even after reaching the age of 90! :-) Really wonderful and I think beautiful feet is one asset, haha. Thank you also wwolfs, I'm glad you find my homemade foot care solutions worth bookmarking. Thanks to your mom too for such a true example of genuine beauty. Cheers and more power your way. -Tonipet
wwolfs on March 02, 2012:
Nice hub. It is relaxing to soak your feet and you have many foot spa recipes that look good to try. I am going to bookmark this. Great information. Thank you for sharing!