Feet frequently bear the brunt of everyday stressors, as we rely on them to carry us through the day, and often expect them to look good in heels as they do so. The tension this creates can show on our faces, in frown lines and stress headaches. So, reviving the feet can act like a mini face-lift, bringing about an impression of rest and softer features.
Dry skin serum
Massage this serum into flaking or hard skin or nails.
2 tbsp sesame seed oil
1 tsp wheatgerm oil
2 drops each essential oils of
sandalwood and myrrh
Pour the oils into a clean, dark glass bottle. Drop in the essential oils. Lid and store in a dark, cool place. Shake before use. To apply, massage into especially dry areas on the feet.
What could be more luxurious than enveloping tired feet in fruit? 1½ pineapple, peeled
1½ papaya, peeled
juice of 1 lime
Blitz the fruit in a blender, then mix in the lime juice. Spread the paste over both feet. Place each foot in a plastic bag and envelope in warm towels for 10 minutes. Step into a warm foot bath to wash off.
Aching foot bath
Use this to revive the feet and soften hardened skin.
4 drops essential oil of tea tree
3 drops essential oil of cypress
2 tsp jojoba oil
Mix the essential oils into the jojoba. Stir into a bucket of warm water. Plunge in the feet and legs and relax for 10 minutes. To finish, step into a bucket of cold water containing a cup of green tea.
Salt and pepper polish
Combat cracking dry skin with a peppy polish.
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tsp finely ground black pepper
1 in (2.5 cm) fresh ginger root, grated
1 tbsp runny honey
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
Mix together the salt and pepper in a bowl. Add the grated ginger and mix to a paste with the honey. Stir in the olive oil. Massage into hard skin on the heels and balls of the foot. Plunge feet into a warm foot bath to wash off.
Peppermint leg reviver
The essential oils in this blend are cooling and pain relieving.
2 tbsp jojoba oil
1 tsp wheatgerm oil
4 drops essential oil of peppermint
2 drops essential oil of cypress
Stir together the jojoba and wheatgerm oil. Drop in the essential oils of peppermint and cypress. Massage into feet and legs using long, smooth upward strokes.
Off-the-shelf intensive care
Burt’s Bees peppermint-scented Coconut Foot Creme is an extremely effective night treatment for very dry cracked feet, it also smells delicious. Organic Foot Balm has a unique consistency and brings lasting softness to the feet.