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Homemade Foot Peels for Softer Skin

Homemade foot peel
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A homemade foot peel is just what we need when our feet start to show those oh-so familiar signs of dryness and cracking. Looking after your feet at home could not be easier with these three DIY foot peel recipes.

Why Exfoliate Your Feet?

Our feet work hard all day, so looking after them is really important
Our feet work hard all day, so looking after them is really important
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Our feet are first to take the brunt of much of our daily activities. From walking, running, and dancing, signs of wear and tear can quickly 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 as soon as your heels start to crack. Making your own DIY foot peel at home is an easier, cheaper, and more natural alternative, and it’s just as effective as the storebought versions.

1. DIY “Baby Foot” Mask

Mixing aspirin tablets and lemon juice makes for a great homemade foot peel mask.
Mixing aspirin tablets and lemon juice makes for a great homemade foot peel mask.
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This DIY foot peel mask should leave your feet feeling baby-soft. 

Foot Soak Solution Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mouthwash
  • 1 cup white vinegar 
  • 2 cups warm water

Instructions:

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

“Baby Foot” Mask Ingredients:

  • A handful of aspirin tablets
  • Juice of ½ a lemon

Instructions:

  1. Pour the aspirin tablets into a small dish
  2. Pour the lemon juice over the tablets, so that they are all covered.
  3. Leave to sit for five minutes. 
  4. Mix together the aspirin and lemon juice to form a rough paste.

Method:

  1. Apply the paste to your feet.
  2. Immediately cover your feet with plastic wrap. You can put tight socks over the plastic wrap to make this DIY foot peel extra secure.
  3. Wear your plastic wrap socks for a minimum of two hours. You can keep them on for up to four hours.
  4. When you are ready, remove the plastic wrap and wash the paste off carefully with warm water.
  5. Use a very thick moisturizer all over the feet (the more heavy-duty the better when it comes to cracked feet).

2. 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.
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If you are in need of a mild treatment for dry and cracked feet, this DIY foot peel 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. 

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

  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.

Method:

  1. Coat the paste to your feet generously. Put on a sock to lock in the moisture. 
  2. Wear the sock for at least 20 minutes. 
  3. Rinse the paste from your feet using warm water.

    3. 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.
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    Foot Soak Solution Ingredients:

    • 2 cups apple cider vinegar 
    • 2 cups warm water
    • 1 Tbsp baking soda

    Instructions:

    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

    Instructions:

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

    Method:

    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 a crucial 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. 

    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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