Are your feet ready for the sunshine? Tips for giving your feet some TLC

The sunshine has finally arrived and we are all dusting off our sandals at last.  So how can we keep our feet healthy and feeling great?  Just as you are conscientious about keeping your skin from burning and staying hydrated in the sunny months ahead (fingers crossed), it is important not to neglect your feet.  They work hard but so often are neglected so it’s time to take extra care of them.

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Give your feet a treat this weekend with a relaxing homemade scrub and foot bath.  Here are a few options for you to try.

Foot Scrubs

Natural Foot Scrub

Take 5 drops of Lavender essential oil mixed with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and ½ a cup of salt.  Mix together well adding more olive oil if required.  Massage the scrub all over your feet paying particular attention to the heels and rinse with warm water.

Sugary Sweet Foot Scrub

Use ¼ of a cup of sugar, 5 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil, ¼ of a cup of almond oil and some of your favourite moisturiser if desired.  Mix together well and spread all over your feet.  Sit back, relax and soak your feet afterwards.

Foot Smoothie

Mix oatmeal, olive oil, bicarbonate of soda and water together to form a paste to help moisturise your feet.   Spread the paste all over your tired tootsies, relax for 10 minutes, rinse well and pat dry.  Put moisturiser and cotton socks on overnight and feel the benefits of soft and smooth feet in the morning.

Foot Soak

A relaxing foot soak is a great way to add to your foot care following your scrub.  However if you are not in the mood or short on time skip the scrub and just spend 15 minutes soaking your tired feet.

- Add ½ a cup of Epsom salts to a bowel of warm water and 4 drops of Lavender essential oil for an extra de-stressing treat.

- Try 4 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil, warm water and 3-4 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda for a relaxing yet invigorating foot bath.

- A combination of milk, warm water and a little almond oil is perfect for soothing and moisturising your feet.

Sit back and relax for 15 minutes and breathe in the essences if you have used them.  Afterwards use a pumice stone to remove dry, hard skin and spend some time massaging your feet with moisturiser.  Put your feet up and relax!

For that extra special treat...

Book yourself in for a relaxing Reflexology session.  A treatment based on the theory that points on your feet relate to different parts of your body.  By applying special pressure techniques to these reflex points, this relaxing therapy aims to restore balance and stimulate the body’s natural healing ability. So much more than a soothing foot massage, a great way to give your whole body and not just your feet a well-being boost!