Summertime is here at that means more outside activity and more time on something we often don’t think about – feet! If you really think about it, in our lifetime, we use our feet to walk many thousands of miles. Have you ever used a pedometer to see just how far you walk every day just going about your normal activities? The Walking Site estimates even a sedentary person takes 1000 to 3000 steps daily!
Did you know that your feet can cause the rest of your body to stress out? When your feet have constant irritation from things like being tired, sore, ulcerated, infected, cracked, dry, or itchy they are sources of stress for the entire body. There can also be other sources of foot problems like dehydration, mineral deficiencies, and diabetes. The American Podiatric Medical Association has a great collection of articles on foot health that we would encourage you to peruse.
So who is ready for some quick and fun ways to get flip flop ready feet for Summer with Essential Oils?
Step 1: Exfoliate
There is evidence of exfoliation first with the Egyptians, seen in the Middle Ages using wine, and practiced in Asia hundreds of years ago. Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface. Exfoliation is involved in the process of all facials, during microderm abrasion or chemical peels at medical spas. Exfoliation can be achieved through mechanical or chemical means. Wikipedia
One of the easiest ways to exfoliate your feet is with the use of a sugar scrub. A sugar scrub will gently slough off old skin cells to reveal your soft and smooth feet. This DIY Lavender Mint Sugar Scrub smells great and will transform your feet and help you on your way to flip-flop ready feet:
Lavender Mint Sugar Scrub
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon of V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex
- 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 8 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 3/4 cup of raw sugar
In a small bowl mix V-6 oil with essential oils. Add mixture to raw sugar in a larger bowl and combine thoroughly. Store in an airtight jar. When applying in the bath, you can use a pumice stone to speed up the exfoliation process. Use about a tablespoon for each foot. Be careful – the scrub can make your shower slippery!
Step 2: Cuticle Care
What the heck is a cuticle? WebMD describes cuticles as “…a part of your skin. They sit atop your nails’ growth matrix, which is the part of your nails that grows. Cuticles are “there for a reason, like a barrier or a protection for the nail matrix,” says Richard Scher, MD, a Cornell University dermatology professor.”
It is important to care for your cuticles to prevent nail problems and bacteria growth (toe fungus anyone?) that can hamper your nail growth. After a shower or bath while your skin is soft and moisturized, gently push your cuticles back in preparation for this DIY Tea Tree Cuticle treatment. You can use a pedicure tool or a towel.
Tea Tree Cuticle Treatment
- Empty 15ml bottle
- V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex
- 20 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca Oil)
Fill an empty 15ml bottle about halfway with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex. Add 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil and then top off with more V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex until the bottle is full.
To use, add drop to your cuticles and rub in until absorbed. HINT: Use an AromaGlide Roller Fitment on the top of your 15ml bottle to make application of this treatment quick and easy.
Step 3: Moisturize
The Mayo Clinic gives several tips on keeping skin hydrated, one of which is the use of a moisturizer immediately following a bath or shower. Hydration is a vital part of skin care overall, but especially for our feet.
After you have followed steps one and two to exfoliate and taking care of our cuticles, it’s time to make sure your feet are taken care of with a moisturizer such as this Pedicure Perfect Foot Balm! Generously massage this foot balm well into both the feet and ankles. If applied before bed, put on socks for an extra moisturizing effect.
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of mango butter
- 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil
- 15 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
- 15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
Melt coconut oil and mango butter together in a glass jar or metal container. Remove from heat and stir in Essential Oils and Vitamin E.
Allow to cool to room temperature. Whip in a stand mixer or with a wisk until ivory colored and a light buttery texture (it will start out pale yellow). Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
We hope you have enjoyed the second in our Summer of Fun with Essential Oils series and love to hear what you think in the comments below!