Ok, so this might be kind of gross to talk about, but I get bad calluses on my feet. I blame several things: footwear choices, always forgetting to buy a pumice stone, somehow never noticing they’re there (and therefore never caring). Maybe it’s because I grew up dancing, and gross feet were sort of par for the course. If your feet weren’t calloused and dirty from dancing barefoot at the studio (which we totally did on weekends — wild!), you were doing something wrong. But when your husband — who has been known to barely notice a difference after a 4-inch haircut — lovingly teases you about your “goblin” feet, it might be time to get serious about foot care. So here I am.
I made this simple scrub the other night for my feet, and was pleasantly surprised by how smooth and moisturized they were after. Like most of my kitchen beauty fixes, the scrub is super simple: coconut oil and coarse sea salt for the scrub base; I added some essential citrus oils for fragrance, but that part’s totally optional. Here’s the kicker though: to really seal in the effects of the coconut oil, after rinsing my feet and gently patting them dry, I layered on some body lotion and then put on socks. Leave the socks on while you putz around the house (or overnight, while you’re sleeping) and your feet will be incredibly moisturized and soft. There’s no need to buy an expensive foot scrub, when really, the ingredients that make the difference are easily found in your grocery store or pantry!
The next time I make this, I might use raw sugar instead, and maybe even add a little honey (just to boost the moisturizing effects further). You can add herbs or other aromatics to your scrub too, just for the aromatherapy experience (finally minced rosemary could be awesome or lemon zest). I know a lot of people don’t like washing coconut oil down the shower drain, but I find if I do it very sparingly, I don’t have a problem (but that’s my plumbing!). Here’s how to make this scrub:
In a small bowl, add 2-3 tablespoons of semi-solid, pure coconut oil (if yours isn’t already semi-solid — like the texture of yogurt — and is completely liquified, leave it in the fridge for a little while). Depending on the type of sugar or salt you’re using, add enough to create a thick, coarse paste. For my sea salt, which had pretty large crystals, I found this was about 1.5 tablespoons. Drop in essential oils, or whatever other aromatics you want to use. You’re not eating this, so it doesn’t have to be exact at all!
Sit on the side of the tub and rub the scrub vigorously over your feet, paying special attention to the soles. Throw in a little self foot massage too! Once you’re thoroughly buffed, rinse your feet under the faucet. Grab your favorite body lotion, and apply. Put on a pair of socks and leave ’em on for at least an hour. Presto! Super soft, moisturized feet.
Images by Victoria McGinley for vmac+cheese