Before you feel sickened by the idea of peels dedicated to your probably very neglected feet, please don’t. We said it – Foot peels are truly amazing, and they deserve just as prestigious a spot within your Sunday self-care routine as your favorite face mask. In fact, foot peels are similar to face masks in that they add a dose of hydration to ease tired and dry feet. Some are a little more intense and essentially help shed the dead skin on your feet while others just give you a serious dose of moisture while you sleep. Whatever your foot peel choice—we have the perfect fit for your feet.
Keep reading this article for your poor, forgotten feet this season.
DIY Rosemary Foot Scrub
Ingredients: Kosher salt, table salt, coconut oil, olive oil, peppermint oil, rosemary
This easy scrub can be made with everyday ingredients from your kitchen—the only thing you may need to get is a bit of peppermint oil. Rub on this foot scrub in circular motions on your most hard-skinned areas after a shower and then rinse to break up some of the dead skin. Finish it off with your moisturizer to lock it all in.
DIY Lemon Foot Peel
Ingredients: lemon juice, uncoated aspirin tablets
You may have heard of a product called ‘Baby Foot’ a non-DIY foot peel that uses acids like glycolic and salicylic to break down foul skin cells to the point where you can—literally—peel them off. This dupe on the poplar peel is good enough to make yourself at home. Put it on your most callous areas, then seal with some plastic wrap and leave it on until the skin begins to peel. Once it does, remove the foot peel for instantly softer feet.
DIY Shea Butter Foot Scrub
Ingredients you’ll need: shea butter, Epsom salts, fine cornmeal, rolled oats, essential oil of your choice.
Between the scratchy cornmeal, anti-inflammatory oats, and the soothing Epsom salts, this homemade scrub has all your tired, overworked feet need to feel smooth again. Massage this mix deep into your heels to slough off built-up dead skin. Using a foot scrub will help boost blood circulation so your sore feet will feel soothed in no time.
DIY Black Tea Foot Soak
Ingredients: Epsom salts, black tea, essential oils, hot water
Lay back, relax, and relish the zen-like benefits of this easy soak. The Epsom salt will help to draw toxins from your body, while the warm water will help to soften the skin on the bottom of your dry heels.
DIY Peppermint Foot Soak
Ingredients: Epsom salt, baking soda, peppermint essential oil
Three simple ingredients will make you this fragrant foot soak that will leave you and your tired feet feeling fresh and restored. Not to forget, the baking soda acts as a great exfoliating agent.
DIY Listerine Elixir Foot Soak
Ingredients: white vinegar, salt, Listerine mouthwash (yes, really), hot water, peppermint oil
This is one of the beauty hacks that seems odd but works really great. The acids in the vinegar combined with those in the Listerine softly break down and exfoliate the skin on a chemical level, revealing brighter, cleaner, and softer feet.
DIY Vanilla & Brown Sugar Foot Scrub
Ingredients: brown sugar, almond oil, vitamin E oil, vanilla extract
Not only does this scrub smell delightful, but the vitamin E oil will completely transform even the most gnarly of dry skin. Scrub one tablespoon of this sugar-sweet scrub to the soles of your feet to remove dead skin and indulge a little in the lovely ingredients. Then, store the leftover scrub in a sealed jar in your fridge for the next time your feet need a makeover.
DIY Honey Foot Peel
Ingredients: organic greek yogurt, organic raw honey, coconut oil, celery, Bergamot essential oil
Take advantage of these regular kitchen ingredients for all they can do to your skin. The lactic acid in yogurt is a natural exfoliant, while the probiotic live cultures are really helpful for breaking down dead skin cells. Honey, then again, can speed up the healing process. Make this simple foot mask recipe, slather it onto your feet, then wrap them up or put them in socks for a few minutes before rinsing off to get the full effect. There you go! Happier feet.
These are all our DIY foot scrubs and peels you can so easily make at home and give your feet the pampering it needs.