There are so many good things about summer. Gardening. Swimming. Not having to wear socks.
But there is one downside – one thing that literally keeps me up at night – my dry, cracked feet.
Seriously. I get in bed and every time I move my feet it sounds like someone is scraping sand paper across my sheets.
My sandal feet never used to bother me – I even kind of liked the callouses. But that sound? No thank you.
Time for a (natural) solution:
Step 1: Soak
You could skip straight to step 3 and get some good results, but I suggest starting with the soak to soften the skin and prepare it for a good scrubbing to remove the dry flaky parts.
My favorite way to do this is to fill a wash basin with water as warm as is comfortable. I also toss in some Epsom salts (follow the directions on the package) for aches and pains. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil and soak for as long as you want.
Make sure you have a wash cloth and foot scrub for the next step.
Step 2: Scrub
Does anyone else have a hard time getting their feet clean after a long day in sandals (ok, two or three)? This is especially true if I’ve spent any time in the garden. This step will help you get off that hard-to-remove dirt and rough skin that scratches against the sheets.
I like to use a wash cloth and sugar scrub. I used this homemade body scrub recipe to make my own version that smells lovely and makes my skin feel oh-so-soft. You can also customize your own, but here’s what I put together:
Wild Orange & Honey Foot Scrub
- 1 cup Epsom salt (where to buy)
- 1 cup sugar – use organic cane sugar, brown sugar, or regular granulated (where to buy natural sugars)
- 2 Tbsp raw honey (where to buy raw honey)
- 1 cup coconut oil – I use it melted, which is handy in the summer time since it’s already in that state (where to buy high quality coconut oil)
- 8-10 drops wild orange essential oil (where to buy 100% pure essential oils)
Method: Add Epsom salt and sugar to a bowl and slowly begin stirring in the oil until mixture is smooth, but not goopy. (You may not need the full cup of oil.) Add the honey and stir well, then mix in the essential oil. Spoon into a decorative container or canning jar with a tight-fitting lid.
To use: While soaking your feet, grab the wash cloth and sugar scrub. Pull one foot out of the water and scoop about a tablespoon onto your foot and start rubbing it all over, paying special attention to heels. (If you have cracked heels, be careful and stop scrubbing if it hurts.) Add more scrub to your foot as needed.
Now take the wash cloth and start scrubbing in a circular motion all over your foot. When you’re done, put the scrubbed foot back in the water and repeat the process on the other one.
Rinse off the scrub and pat your feet dry.
Step 3: Soften
This part is wonderful, especially if you can get someone to give you a nice foot massage. I find it’s best to complete this step when you know you won’t need to put sandals back on (it’ll be quite slippery if you do) or are ok with putting socks over freshly-moistened feet (I can’t stand this feeling, but many can).
I’ve found shea butter and coconut oil to be a great combination for deeply moisturizing skin. When used in the right ratio, it rubs in nicely without feeling super greasy and also offers a nice antifungal property for those who experience athlete’s foot.
Ultra-Moisturizing Foot Cream
- ¾ cup coconut oil (where to find high quality coconut oil)
- ½ cup shea butter (where to find high quality shea butter)
- 15 drops lavender essential oil – you can use any essential oil you wish, or a combination like lavender/mint or lavender/tea tree to further combat fungal issues – (where to find 100% pure essential oils)
Method: Combine the coconut oil and shea butter in a sauce pan and place on low heat. Once they’ve melted, remove from heat and stir in the essential oil. Store in a glass jar with a lid and don’t forget to label it! Store it somewhere cool in the summertime if you want to start with a solid moisturizer (I spill a lot less on myself that way).
To use: Massage this foot moisturizer into feet, focusing on dry, cracked areas. Cover feet with cotton socks right away if you wish. Try this every once in a while for some nice pampering or repeat on a regular basis to soften dry feet.
What is your favorite way to soften dry, cracked feet?