I wear sandals a lot! Partially because of the roundness of my pregnant belly and the discomfort of bending to tie my shoes when I can't see my feet, and partially because I just like sandals a lot!
While sandals are fun to wear and more often than not they are a cute option for a lady, they can be tough on your feet. My feet were looking really bad with dry skin and cracked heels. So I decided it was time to do something about it, to take the time to make them look pretty again. And lets be honest here, I was in need of pampering and to sit and rest for a few minutes.
I debated going in for a pedicure, but my Mommy guilt would not allow me to spend money like that with a new baby on the way, and a 3 year old at home. I was chatting with a friend about this and she gave me a home remedy for foot care that I had to try out. I was really pleased with the results and wanted to share this with you.
I warmed up 2 cups of water in the microwave for 90 seconds. The water needs to be as warm as you can stand it.
I poured the water into a dish that was large enough for my feet to fit into. I resorted to a pottery dish I had stuffed in a cupboard as I didn't have a plastic bin or anything like that.
I added 1/2 a cup of vinegar to the water.
I added a 1/2 a cup of generic Listerine to the water and vinegar.
Then I soaked my feet for about 10 minutes, until the water was getting cold.
As soon as my feet were in the mixture they felt refreshed and cool. When they came out of the mixture they were softer, they were smoother. I used a pumice stone to polish them a little. The dead skin came right off.
Now, they weren't like brand new feet. I still had a few cracks in my heels but I would say they were 70% improved over the state they were in 10 minutes before. I followed up the pampering soak and scrub with a generous application of Udderly Smooth Foot Cream and a pair of socks. In the morning my feet were improved at least 10% more.
This was easy to do and it was very inexpensive. I would estimate that I spent 40 cents on the generic listerine and 20 cents on the vinegar, making this DIY foot soak a 60 cent (or less) pampering experience.
Do you have any DIY pampering ideas? I would love to hear them if you do!