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Bath salts aren’t just another indulgent addition to your bathroom, but they come with a host of benefits as well. These benefits not only enrich your bathing experience but your skin as well, provided you know how to use these bath salts and extract maximum benefits out of it. Bath salts can also bring of several health related benefits like treating muscle soreness, or treating itchiness and insomnia. Nutrients like calcium, bromide, magnesium, potassium present in these salts help radiate your skin, and also eliminate all impurities in your skin. But, if you have sensitive skin then you may want to stay away from processed bath salts that may end up giving you allergic reactions. Go for natural bath salts containing essential minerals and nutrients which can do wonders for your skin. These scented salts need not always be purchased from luxury stores and can, in fact, be made at home as well.
Summer can be rough on your feet. All those barefoot runs to the mailbox; the sand, salt and rocks at the shore; and the physical toll of sandal-clad sightseeing, not to mention being on your feet for hours.
Here, we offer a few homemade salt scrub recipes to help your tootsies stay in tip-top shape when the temperature is sweltering.
Soothing Peppermint Foot Scrub
1 cup granulated sugar
Olive or coconut oil
Few drops of peppermint essential oil
Take 1 cup granulated sugar and pour into a mixing bowl. Gradually add your favourite olive oil or coconut oil and mix together until you have a slightly wet but grainy consistency. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Transfer the scrub to a pretty bottle and use in the bath or shower to exfoliate, moisturize and soothe sore feet.
Refreshing Lemon Foot Scrub
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 to 1/3 cup almond or coconut oil
6-8 drops of lemon essential oil
Combine sugar and almond oil in a clean, dry bowl and add oil slowly until you have a soft, wet-sand consistency. Add as much lemon essential oil as preferred and work into feet for five minutes before rinsing away in the shower. Your feet will feel like they’ve had a refreshing spa treatment.
1 cup milk
5 cups warm water
4 tablespoons sugar or salt
1/2 cup baby oil
Favourite thick moisturizer
Pour 1 cup of milk and 5 cups of warm water in a foot bath tub or large basin and soak your feet for five to 10 minutes. In a bowl, pour baby oil and sugar or salt and mix well. Make into a thick paste and apply all over feet, massaging in circular motions. Finish with a pumice stone scrub on callused heels. Rinse and pat feet dry. Next, rub feet with Stridex pads, which further exfoliates them. Then apply a thick moisturizer or petroleum jelly to the bottom of the feet. Put on thick, cosy socks and rest with your feet up for several hours or sleep with the socks on.
2 tablespoons vinegar
Epsom salt or sea salt
Vinegar reduces inflammation and can make tired, achy feet feel better. Fill a foot bath or large basin with hot water. Add the vinegar and mix in a handful of Epsom salt or sea salt. Soak feet for 20 minutes. Then prepare the same mixture using cool water. Soak a towel in the cool mixture, squeeze out excess and wrap it around feet for five minutes for a refreshing finish. Repeat several times a day to reduce inflammation and relieve achy feet.
Floral Bath Salt (Bubble Butts)
If you’re looking for something to soak your worries away then you’ve come to the right place. This floral bath salt is loaded with the goodness of Himalayan pink salt, rose petals and peppermint essential oil. The salts will help you get rid of the soreness, regulate hydration and detoxify you. The peppermint will help you cool your skin. And the rose petals will give you the sense of spa treatment at home. So it’s time to soak your worries away.
Himalayan Pink Salt
Peppermint Essential Oils
THE HEALING BENEFITS OF FOOT SOAKS
Immersing your feet in a tub of warm water, even without anything extra in it, is a nice way to relax after a long day. A foot soak soothes your muscles, hydrates your skin and can relieve aches and pains due to standing for hours or walking in uncomfortable shoes. Plus, letting your feet sit in their own bath can help reduce swelling and prevent bacteria from settling into blisters and cuts or under toe nails.
And while a little rough skin helps protect our feet, if you’re prone to developing thick calluses, softening them in a soak makes them easier to exfoliate—precisely the reason why most pedicures begin by submerging your feet into warm water.
There are some additions, however, that can enhance your healing foot soak. Consider these options when caring for your hard-working feet:
EPSOM SALT FOOT SOAKS
A combination of magnesium and sulfate, Epsom salt is a compound that can help flush toxins and heavy metals from your skin’s cells, reduce inflammation, increase circulation and ease muscle cramps and joint pain.
As your feet absorb the magnesium, pain-reducing ions are released, relaxing your muscles and nerves and helping them function properly by regulating your electrolyte levels. The sulfate targets any harmful substances that need to be eliminated from your body. Epsom salt can also quell foot odour, help heal fungus or ingrown nails, and soothe dry skin.
You’ll find this healing salt at most drug stores and pharmacies. In a standard size tub, dissolve one cup of Epsom salt in warm water and soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes.
ESSENTIAL OIL SOAKS
There are several ways to use essential oils at home, including adding a few drops to your soak. Here are some popular choices, which you can use individually or combine together for your healing foot treatment: