Instead of booking an appointment at a salon, a self-care night focusing on your feet might be just the kind of pampering you need. For feet care epsom salt is one of the key elements that should be in any at-home pedicure kit.
How To Use Epsom Salt For Your Feet
Epsom salt can be used for feet in a couple of different ways. First and foremost, the foot soak portion of any pedicure is a fast favorite for many. The foot soak one enjoys during a pedicure doesn’t just soften and nourish the skin, it also helps to soothe the muscles, relax the feet, and leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
For your at-home soak, Foot Soak Detox is a must-have. This blend is comprised of fractionated MCT coconut oil to soften, Vitamin E oil to nourish, USP grade epsom salts to relax and soothe, and aromatherapy provided by essential oils of lemon, peppermint, frankincense, and lavender. The lemon and peppermint essential oils work to cleanse and refresh, while lavender relaxes and frankincense grounds.
To take a Detox foot soak, first fill your tub or a soaking basin with a few inches of warm water; just enough to cover your feet up to the ankle. As you’re filling the tub or basin, add in 1 to 2 tablespoons of your Detox soak per gallon of water used. If not all salt is dissolved, agitate the water to speed up the process. Once your epsom salt has dissolved, get ready to soak your feet sitting on the ledge of the bathtub or in a favorite chair with your soaking basin foot bath ready.
To maximize your soak, you’ll want to sit with your feet in the water for around 15 to 20 minutes. This will let you breathe in the refreshing aromatherapy, it’ll allow your skin to be nourished and soothed, and it’ll give you all of the benefit from the soak without stripping away too much natural moisture from the skin of the feet. What you’re left with are feet that look nourished, feel fresh and clean, and are ready to continue taking you wherever you need to go.
After your soak, take a soft, clean, dry towel and pat the skin dry. Because you’ve been soaking, your skin may be a little more delicate, and you don’t want to irritate it by rubbing them. If your skin feels dry after your soak, try using less epsom salt and a bit of a shorter foot bath until your skin gets used to the treatments.
Epsom Salt Bath Soaks and Foot Soaks
When it comes to epsom salt and foot care, it’s about more than just a good soak. Exfoliating the feet is important, and it’s easy to see why when you think about just how much we put our feet through. Your feet are in charge of taking you everywhere every day. Whether you’re walking, driving, standing, or running, your feet are the foundation. Because your feet do so much work on a day to day basis, they often need a bit of extra TLC.
Exfoliation helps your feet to remain nourished and well taken care of. Exfoliating the feet with epsom salt is simple, and it only adds about an extra minute or two onto your at-home pedicure routine. What it does is helps to slough off any dry or dead skin that might be on your feet, making it difficult for your skin to renew and your feet to absorb moisture from other products you may be using. Feet in need of exfoliation will have rough skin, dry skin patches, and have a duller appearance to the skin.
Exfoliating with epsom salt is simple. After your soak, when the skin is soft, take a small palm full of your Detox salt blend and rub it gently onto your feet and ankles in a circular motion. You may also decide to add the epsom salt to a favorite nourishing cleanser before rubbing the mixture into the skin of the feet. After effectively exfoliating all of your rough skin areas, rinse the feet clean and pat dry. It’s important to remain gentle while exfoliating the feet, as very little pressure is necessary for an effective and safe exfoliation.
After exfoliating, the skin of the feet will be much more ready to welcome additional foot care products. Dry dead skin that rests on the surface of your feet make it difficult for moisturizers to really soak into the skin, so you’re getting a much less effective treatment. Exfoliation with epsom salt works to eliminate any built-up skin cells, leaving behind soft and renewed skin that’s more absorbent.
Regular Foot Care
Foot soaks and scrubs with epsom salt should be a regular part of your foot care routine. A good rule of thumb to follow is to cleanse, soak, and exfoliate about once per week to every two weeks to ensure your pedicure treatments are kept-up and your skin well taken care of. The entire at-home pedicure process takes only about 25 minutes, making it a simple way to practice a bit of convenient self-care whenever you need it the most.
While the summer season is high time to show off your feet, that doesn’t mean you should take the entire fall and winter seasons off. Your feet and the skin that covers them works hard all year round, so your pedicures should follow suit.