Do your summer feet need a good scrub and pampering? Um, yeah. Mine sure do. I spent basically the whole summer running around the neighbourhood barefoot after my darling chicks.
Okay that’s a lie, I don’t *run* per say. I ungracefully gallop toward my runaway 2-year-old as he hustles away from me, wagging his little diaper butt as fast as he possibly can while shrieking with glee.
He likes to pretend he doesn’t understand my commands, and he is living the last golden days of toddlerhood where he can mostly get away with it without getting into a heap of trouble. Oh toddlerhood, thou art sunshine and exhaustion wrapped up in a wee package of noise and mess. I have big smoochy-face love for you.
Wait, where was I? Oh yes, feet. From woeful feet to wayward toddlers – not a terribly large leap.
So, my feet. Summer feet are usually dirty, roughed up, calloused, and badly in need of some TLC by the time summer peaks and begins the slow fade into autumn. It’s right about now in the sunny days of late August, when the mornings are crisp and the afternoons are still blazing – inviting bare-footing with urgency – that I take notice of the sorry state of my feet.
Also, our new kitchen/dining room floors are stone, and I’m finding them to be hard on my feet, with aches and pains. A good foot scrub and massage works wonders for them. All the more reason why I simply *must* indulge in this scrub on a very regular basis – it’s for my health, friends. I know you know what I’m talkin’ about.
This scrub recipe uses three simple ingredients to exfoliate and moisturize, breathing new life into tired feet. I find it works best after a bath or shower, when the skin is softened. I used it today after my shower, sitting on the side of the tub with my feet in an inch or two of warm water in the tub, massaging it into one foot at a time. [The awesome thing about this is that your hands get pampered, too.]
The sea salt exfoliates gently, and the jojoba oil is what I used to use before I discovered the incredible argan oil. It’s deeply moisturizing and luxurious feeling. The argan oil is the only thing that solved my dry wintertime facial skin problems, but it’s too expensive for me to use in foot scrubs. The jojoba is a great alternative for that.
- 2 Tablespoons sea salt
- 2 Teaspoons jojoba oil
- 4-5 drops peppermint essential oil (your fave alternate oil can be subbed)
[confession: I eyeballed it. You can too – you’ll be fine.]
Stir together with a spoon or with your finger. Apply a teaspoon at a time to a wet foot and massage it in, especially over calloused and sore areas. There’s no definitive answer for how long to massage for but I’d say 3-5 minutes per foot. I massaged until my toddler banged on the door, so obviously that’s the official and scientific answer. Depending on how gnarly your feet are, you may need a second application the next day.
This totally counts as official bathroom business, by the way. Hang out a figurative “do not disturb” sign (or what the heck: a literal one) and enjoy your 5-7 minutes of peaceful relaxation. Unless you have toddlers… in which case: 1-2 minutes is a worthy goal.