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Homemade Foot Peels for Softer Skin

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A homemade foot peel is just what we need when our feet start looking dry and cracked. Next time, why not try these three DIY foot peel recipes?

Our feet are first to take the brunt of much of our daily activity. Walking, running, dancing and even standing can cause signs of wear and tear to start to form, and, if the skin on your feet is left untreated, it can start to crack. This can cause pain and itchiness, as well as leave the skin vulnerable to bacteria, potentially leading to infection. 

Thankfully, you don’t need to run to the pharmacy or drugstore to protect your feet when, or preferably before, this starts to happen. Making your own DIY foot peel at home is an easier, cheaper and more natural alternative, and it’s just as effective as the store-bought versions. Here are three tried and tested recipes to jump on! 

1. DIY Foot Peel: Honey Foot Peel

Honey is very gentle on the skin, and will not cause further irritation to dry or cracked skin.
Honey is very gentle on the skin, and will not cause further irritation to dry or cracked skin.
(Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / Roman Odintsov)

If you are in need of a homemade foot peel for dry and cracked feet, this is the one for you. The ingredients are all natural and very gentle on the skin, so it’s perfect if you suffer from sensitive skin. 


  • ½ cup organic honey
  • ½ cup organic greek yogurt 
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp bergamot essential oil 


  1. Combine the honey and greek yogurt to form a thick paste in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the coconut oil and essential oils. 
  3. Mix together the yogurt-honey paste with the oil mixture.


  1. Coat the paste on your feet generously. Wrap feet in saran wrap or (clean) plastic bags to lock in the moisture. 
  2. Wear the sock for at least 20 minutes. 
  3. Rinse the paste from your feet using warm water.

    2. Homemade Foot Peel: Apple Cider Vinegar Solution and Sugar Scrub

    Pumice stones are a great addition to your at home foot-care regime.
    Pumice stones are a great addition to your at home foot-care regime.
    (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / stux)

    You’re likely to have everything at home already to make this easy-peasy foot scrub. 

    Foot Soak Solution Ingredients:

    • 2 cups apple cider vinegar 
    • 2 cups warm water
    • 1 tbsp. baking soda


    1. Combine all the solution ingredients together in a basin.
    2. Soak your feet in the basin for 20 minutes. 

    Foot Scrub Ingredients:

    • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar 
    • Juice of 1 lemon


    To make this homemade foot peel, combine the sugar and lemon juice in a bowl until you get a wet sand consistency.


    1. Once you have soaked your feet for 20 minutes, remove them from the basin and dab them dry. 
    2. Apply the sugar scrub to your feet. For best results, apply the scrub using a pumice stone. Rub the scrub into your feet in one direction or in gentle circular motions (avoid rubbing back and forth, as this will irritate the skin and cause further cracking).
    3. Wash off the scrub with warm water.
    4. Apply a foot lotion by gently massaging it into your now baby-smooth feet

    What to be Aware of When Exfoliating Feet

    Exfoliating your feet is an important step when it comes to foot care and should not be skipped. However, over-scrubbing and exfoliating too harshly and too often can further damage and irritate the skin. That’s why it’s important not to rush when using your DIY foot mask. Take the time to enjoy your mini self-care session!

    When using your homemade foot peel, you should also always wash and rinse with warm water, never hot. This will help prevent the skin from drying out. 

    Likewise, the number one rule when exfoliating is to always moisturize afterward. Skipping this step is a big mistake so make sure to be thorough here.

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