Here's a DIY foot soak with pantry ingredients
The best beauty recipes are effortless and cheap. You should be able to easily get the ingredients from the grocery or drugstore, even better if they're already in your cupboard! So when I sought out easy foot soak recipes, I was pleased as punch to find one that only took as far as a trip to the kitchen to round up. After all, I want to be off my feet and focusing on getting some R & R, so I love how easy this one turned out to be!
What you’ll need:
- 2 liters of warm water
- 4 tablespoons of epsom salt
- 4 tablespoons of coarse salt
- 1-2 tablespoons of scented massage oil (try peppermint or lavender, for a relaxing spa feel)
- 1 tablespoon of white or apple cider vinegar, optional
- Clean towel
Mix all the ingredients in a basin large enough to fit your feet. If you want to deodorize, add the vinegar but otherwise you can skip it. Soak feet for 15-20 minutes while you relax!
I recommend soaking for no more than 20 minutes because it gives the feet enough time to soften but not too much that it starts to peel. Over-soaking can actually end up making the skin lose more moisture!
If you’ve read the article here on the benefits of epsom salt, then you already have an idea of how this wonder ingredient can relieve tired, swollen feet. And aside from adding to a spa-like ambiance, the massage oil also helped to moisturize my feet enough that I decided to skip the foot lotion/cream afterwards. Be careful though - the oil can make your feet feel slippery so make sure pat away wetness and excess oil with a towel, especially if you’re planning a pedicure afterwards. Excess oil will ruin the cling-power of nail polishes, so you may want to use a few drops of essential oil just for the aromatherapy instead.
Are you a foot spa fan, or would you rather DIY? What do you like adding to your foot soak?