One of the simple joys of summer is walking in bare feet or sandals, but all of that exposure to the elements can leave feet in need of some TLC. Here are three treatments for dry, cracked or just plain tired feet.
Taking the time to sit back and let your feet soak in warm scented water is an often forgotten simple pleasure. Grab a tub and give it a try. To warm water, add one or more of the following:
- Honey: moisturizing and antibacterial.
- Lemon: cleansing and exfoliating.
- Mint tea bags: energizing.
- Essential oils for aromatherapy—whatever you like. Consider lavender for relaxation or rosemary for energizing.
- Natural Calm for ultra relaxation. Add 1 tablespoon of original (unflavored) Natural Calm to relax and remineralize.
Optional: Add small smooth stones or marbles that will sink to the bottom of the tub and can be used to massage feet.
Scrubs are super easy to make and will remove dead skin and get your feet feeling soft again. For a foot scrub, all you need are two ingredients: exfoliant and moisturizer mixed together in a 2-to-1 ratio. Simply apply in a circular motion to feet. Here are some ingredient options:
- Exfoliant: Course sea salt, ground oatmeal, ground almonds.
- Moisturizer: coconut, olive, apricot oils.
- Feel free to add fresh peppermint or rosemary or their essential oils, which are stimulating and also feel good on tired feet.
A heavy-duty moisturizer can do wonders for how feet feel and look. The key is to keep the moisturizer on the feet—especially the heels, which tend to take the brunt of summer wear. To this end, apply a moisturizer before bed and then slip on some socks while you sleep. Can't stand the thought of wearing socks in the summer? Make a pair of heel socks by cutting off the toe part of a pair. Apply one of these thick moisturizers before slipping on the socks:
- Cocoa butter. You can find inexpensive cocoa butter bars at natural products stores. Simply warm it up by rubbing it in your hands and then apply to feet.
- Coconut oil: Not only is this thick, rich oil very nourishing, its coconut scent takes you directly to the tropics.
- Shea butter: This thick moisturizing butter from Africa is rich in vitamins A and E and essential fatty acids.