If your feet look or smell funky, a good, thorough foot scrub may be exactly what you need. A proper foot scrub will rid your feet of dead skin, rough patches and bacteria that cause your feet to look and smell unattractive. A good foot scrub will leave your feet looking and smelling healthy as you exfoliate the dead skin cells to unveil new, fresh and silky-smooth skin.
Choose your foot scrub. You can purchase a salt or sugar scrub at any drugstore. You can also make your own foot scrub by combining ½ cup ground sea salt, ½ cup baking soda and 1 tbsp. sunflower oil. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance.
Soak your feet. Fill your tub, bowl or basin with warm water and soak your feet for about 10 minutes. If your feet have an odor, add baking soda to the water to help eliminate it. Baking soda has antifungal properties that will help kill odor causing bacteria. You can also add Epsom salt, essential oils or body gels to your foot soak.
Apply the foot scrub. Apply a half-dollar size amount of the foot scrub to the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together to evenly distribute the scrub. Take one foot out of the water and, using a circular pattern, exfoliate all areas of the foot. After you’ve scrubbed for a few minutes, return the foot to the water. Using the same technique, scrub the other foot. Gently removing the top layer of dead skin cells is the goal.
Remove any excess scrub. While your feet are in the water, use the washcloth to get in between your toes to remove any remaining scrub from your feet. If you’re using the bathtub as a basin, run your feet under warm water to rinse.
Moisturize your feet. Gently pat your feet dry with a towel and liberally apply moisturizing lotion to your feet. Applying the lotion while the skin is still slightly wet will help seal in moisture and keep your feet looking healthy.
- Do not scrub too hard. You only need to gently massage the scrub into your feet to get the job done.