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Posted January 05, 2017 |Categories: |0 Comments
One beauty aspect we often neglect in our busy lives is keeping our feet happy. Running around for work, errands, or chasing after kids can be so tiring. We spend a lot of time on our feet, and how often do we spend time pampering them? Not often enough. Even though we are knee deep in the winter months, keeping your feet happy is still important. Happy and healthy feet can make a difference in the way you feel and present yourself. Pampering your feet always makes you feel fabulous! And who doesn't love that? Being on a tight budget doesn’t mean you can't treat yourself every once and awhile. There is no need to schedule a monthly pedi or foot massage. We have listed all of our favorite DIY at home upkeeps that we love!
Foot Scrubs and Soaks
Every girl deserves a glamorous foot scrub or soak every once and awhile, right? The good news is they are easy to make and can enjoyed from the comfort of your own home! Many of the ingredients you may need you can find around the house or easily purchased from any local store. There is no need to go searching for hard to find items at stores you have never heard of you indulge in an amazing foot scrub. Plus you can tweak many of the ingredients to match your liking, which is a huge plus! Below we have listed some of our favorite scrubs and soaks we know you need to try!
Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub
⅔ cup of white sugar
½ cup coconut oil
8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil
½ tsp. of dried herbs such as mint, lavender, chamomile (optional)
*If you don’t have dried herbs you can always use the contents of a tea bag.
How to Make:
Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature so it will require melting beforehand. Measure sugar into a jar or bowl, then pour melted coconut oil in. Add essential oil drops and stir well. Add in dried herbs for additional texture and for visual appeal. It’s as simple as that!
First, soak your feet in either a tub or small bucket with warm water to soften up your skin. After soaking your feet apply the scrub to feet and massage well to loosen rough dry skin. We promise after this scrub your feet will feel brand new!
Not only is this scrub super easy to make but you only need a handful of items to make it. This recipe is perfect for your feet but can also be used all over your body as well. The secret in this fabulous foot scrub is the peppermint essential oil. The peppermint has a stimulating and cooling effect on the skin that will perk up your tired feet. If you find yourself with foot or leg cramps, a massage with this scrub will feel absolutely terrific.
Lavender-Lemon Foot Soak
I cup of Epsom salt
1 ½ cups of sea salt
1 ½ cups of baking soda
15 drops of lavender essential oil
15 drops of lemon essential oil
½ tsp. of dried lavender or other herbs (optional)
*If you don’t have dried herbs you can always use the contents of a tea bag.
How To Make:
Combine all the dry ingredients in a jar or bowl and mix well. Once everything is mixed, add the drops of essential oil and stir them in. Adding dried lavender is totally optional! Adding the herbs will make the soak look organic and natural (which of course it would be without the lavender, too, but you get what we mean). And whala, your soak is made!
Simply add hot water to your tub or small bucket, enough to cover your ankles. Sprinkle about ½ a cup of your soak into the water and stir to help the soak dissolve. Once dissolved take your feet for a relaxing dip for about 15 min, while the water is still warm.
Don’t forget to take deep breaths and relax while soaking your feet. You will be amazed how the lavender and lemon scents melt away the stress and tension you may be feeling. Doing this soak as often as you can will not only benefit your feet but your overall happiness. Due to the mixture of the lavender(calming) and the lemon(uplifting) essential oils.
Massages and Stretching
Massaging and stretching your feet daily is one of the easiest ways to keep your feet happy and healthy. Not only does it feel good but it will keep your feet from other problems as well. A few minutes of foot massage daily provides other benefits too, such as:
Tennis Ball Massage
Not everyone has someone who is willing to massage your feet or you yourself might not want to touch your feet after a long day. No Problem! This is the easiest way to massage your tired feet. Just rolling the ball under your feet for a few minutes will have your feet thanking you.
Place the tennis ball on the ground and roll it around the bottom of your foot for a few minutes. Use enough force so that you receive a deep enough massage. You might find that the massage is slightly sore or uncomfortable. If you find this painful, stop immediately. Always listen and do what is right for your body.You can also use the tennis ball to run up and down your calf muscles if you are experiencing tired or achy legs.
*If you don’t have a tennis ball you can always use a rolling pin you aren't using or for really tired achy feet a frozen water bottle.
Simple Foot Stretches
Stretching your feet doesn't have to be time-consuming or a set part of your day. The best part about stretching is it can be done at almost any part of your day. Watching TV, after a shower, before bed, chatting on the phone you can almost always find time to complete these few stretches.
*Remeber to do all of these stretches slowly to really deepen the stretch for a more relaxed happy foot.
Pampering yourself is not a crime, treat yo’ self! Don’t forget to share all the ways you like to make your feet happy.
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