An at-home foot soak is an easy way to relax and recharge after a long day. It also allows you to focus on your often neglected legs, which work hard all day.
These DIY foot soak recipes are simple enough to throw together in a jiffy, yet luxurious enough to make you feel like you’ve been treated to a therapeutic spa treatment.
To use the ideas below for a foot soak, learn the basics.
Bathing Whenever you bathe, you’ll need a bathtub, a large, shallow basin, or a foot bath.
Towel. Have a towel, bath mat, or dryer sheet nearby.
Time. Soak for 15-60 minutes.
Hot water. If you don’t have a bath, prepare extra hot water to refresh yourself.
Cold water. Finish by rinsing each foot in cold water.
For aching feet
This Epsom salt soak is a great option for those days when your feet feel sore and uncomfortable and you just want to relax. Epsom salt magnesium absorbed into the skin has a calming effect on stress, pain and inflammation.
Sore legs soak in the composition
1/2 cup Epsom salt
5-20 drops of essential oils such as peppermint, lavender, or rosemary (optional)
6 tsp. carrier oil (optional)
What to do
Dissolve the salt in a pot of hot water.
Mix essential and carrier oils.
Add this mixture to the bath.
This recipe softens dry and dead skin. In addition to acting as a gentle exfoliator, Epsom salt can help treat fungal infections and prevent foot odor.
Soak feet in exfoliating agent
1-3 fresh lemons
1-3 cups vinegar (white or apple cider)
3 cups of Epsom salt
What to do
Add vinegar to a hot water bath.
Squeeze lemon juice.
Use the inside of the peel to gently clean your toes and feet.
Before adding salt to your bath, rub it into your feet in light circular motions.
After soaking your feet, use a pumice stone, exfoliating brush, or washcloth to gently remove excess dead skin.