Getting a foot rub after a long arduous day of standing, walking and running around is probably one of the best things you can do for your tired feet. You can even go to a salon to get a foot spa – that soothingly wonderful time of relaxation as you immerse your feet in warm water and have them massaged and filed and given the tender loving care they so deserve.
However, going to the salon can take a toll on your expenses. Splurging once in a while is okay, but getting a foot spa regularly is certainly not. But that does not have to mean you will forego giving your feet the care and maintenance they need.
It does mean that you have to get around to having a foot spa the way they do at the salon.
Don’t worry as we’ve got several hacks to help you achieve soft, beautiful, healthy and well-maintained feet with a cheap foot spa.
The Foot Spa: DIY Edition
Before you start giving yourself the DIY foot spa treatment, you must first gather your cheap spa tools. You will need:
- Foot spa machine /a small tub/a basin big enough for your feet to soak in
- Hot/warm water
- Foot file, pumice stone or emery board and buffer
- Foot soak mixture
- Your choice of essential oils
- A pedicure set
- Foot scrub
- Foot lotion, cream or moisturizer
Giving yourself a foot spa is easy: just remember to give your feet a good soak in tolerably hot water and your choice of a foot soak, massage them with your favorite massage oil, exfoliate with a good scrub and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
DIY Foot Soak
Don’t have foot soak lying around in the house? Make one (or three) yourself!
- Relaxing foot soak. If you want a relaxing foot soak, just add half a cup of Epsom salts, a few drops of lavender oil, peppermint oil and tea tree oil.
- Energizing foot soak. Need to perk up? Add two cups of brewed coffee to every gallon of water in your footbath.
- Nourishing foot soak. Do your feet look and feel dry? Nourish them with a milk and almond foot soak. Just dissolve a cup of powdered milk in your foot basin and add a tablespoon of almond oil.
DIY Massage Mixture
Don’t stop at the DIY foot soak. You can also make a massage solution with some oils that you probably have in the kitchen cupboard.
- Homemade Massage Oil. In a small container, combine two teaspoons of olive oil, three drops of lavender oil and a drop of chamomile extract.
- Revitalizing Massage Blend. Have tired, overworked feet? Invigorate them with this massage blend by mixing together equal amounts of Aloe Vera gel, olive or coconut oil, kosher salt and wholewheat oats. Mix thoroughly. You can also add two to three drops of your favorite essential oil if you want the mixture scented.
DIY Foot Scrub
Of course, we offer some hacks for making your own foot scrub too.
- Salty Scrub. Mix Epsom salt or kosher salt with cornmeal and oatmeal for a more effective exfoliating action. Add some moisturizing action by blending in some Aloe Vera gel into the mixture.
- Sweet Scrub. If you wish to sweeten things up, you can make a sugar scrub by mixing together 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/8 cup of olive oil and a teaspoon of honey. You can also put 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil in for a more soothing effect.
- Beach Scrub. If you are going to the beach, remember to bring home some of that good old sand. Mix a couple of tablespoons of beach sand with 3-5 drops of rosemary oil and 2 tablespoons of canola oil, and voila! An all-natural beach scrub.
DIY Foot Moisturizer
Soften and baby those dry feet with any of these all-natural foot moisturizers:
- The Petroleum Jelly Blend. Combine equal amounts of petroleum jelly and vitamin E cream. Add some baby oil to the mixture and apply generously to the feet. For maximum moisturizing results, let the mixture stay on overnight.
- The Refreshing Chocolate Moisturizer. Feel the yummy and soothing effects of chocolate by mixing together four tablespoons of cocoa butter, half a cup of coarsely ground almonds, 1/2 cup dry oatmeal and three tablespoons of honey. Slather generously on the feet and leave on overnight by wearing thick socks.
Who says taking care of your feet has to be expensive? With these hacks, you can get beautiful and moisturized feet without breaking the bank.
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