Lemon Mint Foot Polish
|Lemon Mint Foot Polish|
But I do love going barefoot for the majority of the summer, so rough feet are kind of a given. When a good helping of cream or salve doesn't work, it's time to break out the foot polish.
This one uses salt as the main exfoliant. I never recommend salt for a body scrub (it's too aggressive in my opinion, sugar scrubs are a safer choice.) For the feet, though, salt is the perfect ingredient.
Feet can handle the more abrasive quality the salt provides. Make sure you use fine grain salt. It seems counter-intuitive, but the small grains actually give a better, more thorough polish than do courser grains. Whereas larger grains tend to skid across the skin's surface, fine grains buff away dead skin cells.
You can find fine grain sea salt at most grocery stores or organic markets. In a pinch, regular iodized salt will also do.
The lemon and mint just smell summery to me -- love! But they're also good for your tootsies. Lemon helps lighten discoloration and peppermint is super cooling and refreshing.
For the best results, always soak your feet for 10 to 20 minutes in warm water (with an added foot soak a big plus!) This helps soften dead skin and makes it much easier to buff away.
Lemon Mint Foot Polish Recipe
1 cup fine grain sea salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 or so cup avocado oil
1/4 teaspoon (or about 25 drops) lemon essential oil
1/4 teaspoon (or about 25 drops) peppermint essential oil
Optional: 1 tablespoon dried lemon peel granules
Step 1: Stir together sea salt and baking soda. Drizzle in avocado oil and stir until completely incorporated into the salt mixture. If the mixture seems to dry for your liking add more oil, tablespoon by tablespoon, until you get the consistency that you like.
Don't worry; you can't mess up here. The amount of oil in the polish is completely personal preference so don't fret too much about measurements. Just stir in oil until it looks good to you.
Step 2: Measure out and add both essential oils into the mixture and stir well. Remember, always use metal measuring spoons for essential oils and never plastic. Essential oils will eat away at plastic.
Step 3: If you're adding dried lemon peel granules, stir these in now. These will give you an extra layer of exfoliation and they just look darn cute in the scrub. But feel free to leave these out if you don't have them on hand.
Step 4: Spoon foot polish into a jar and affix a lid.
To use, remove several tablespoons polish and massage over your feet. Really work on those rough, dry heels. Rinse well and follow up with a good moisturizing cream or balm.
This polish will last unrefrigerated on your shelf for 6 months. Just remember, though, NEVER dip damp hands into the jar or you will contaminate your polish allowing mold, yeast, and/or bacteria to grow. Use a clean, dry spoon or scoop instead.