So, you just went out ad bought a foot spa. Nice! Now it’s time to get it filled up with water at just the right temperature and soak your feet after a long day of hard work. Your job may have been especially demanding these past few days, and if you’re a woman forced to wear heels at work every day, you KNOW you need these foot spa treatments at home.
Except, simply soaking your feet in hot water just isn’t cutting it anymore. Now don’t get us wrong, a good long soak in hot water (with perhaps even a massage if you’ve got the feature on your foot spa) will still feel great. But you have to wonder, could you make the experience even better?
Well folks, we’re happy to tell you that you certainly can! By just prepping your foot spa with the right kind of foot bath, you can not only make the whole foot soak much more enjoyable, but you can even achieve different results with it according to what problem affects you the most.
But first, let’s gather the essentials…
Before we’re ready to start foot spa treatments at home, we need to first get the absolute essentials at hand, stuff that we’d need regardless of what type of foot spa we’re prepping. Here’s a short list of all the things to get ready beforehand:
- Tub or a Proper Foot Spa
- A towel, bath mat, or drying cloth
- Warm water (for soaking your feet)
- Cool water (for finishing up)
- Time (for however long you want to soak your feet, completely up to you)
What’s this?! A foot spa website basically telling you that you don’t really need to buy a foot spa to enjoy a good foot soak?! Blasphemy!
Much as we hate to admit it, it really is true; if all you want is to enjoy a simple foot soak, you could get by with a simple tub. In the true spirit of DIY, you could just grab a tub from your cupboard, fill it up with hot water and you’re good to go.
Here’s the catch though: all you’ll ever get is a simple foot soak. No massaging bubbles, no vibrating rollers, no included pedicure sets, and certainly no heating element to keep the water warm for as long as you’d like. Even the simplest foot spa models are much more convenient than some old tub, and those are quite cheap too.
So hey, you could skimp out on the foot spa. It’s just a shame about all the great features you’d be missing out on…
But we’re getting sidetracked. Let’s get back to the topic at hand.
Decide what kind of foot spa experience you want
Now that you’ve got your essentials in tow, it’s time to figure out what kind of foot soak you’re looking for. Depending on what you add to the water, you can easily change the foot spa experience and what you can get out of it. And there’s actually a lot that you can get out of it.
So just scan the list down below to find the foot soak that most interests you. We’ve added a list of ingredients you’d need as well as instructions on how to prepare each one. With 6 different kinds of foot soaks to choose from, we know you’ll find something that’ll suit you just fine.
6 Foot Spa Treatment at Home
1 – Easing your tired feet
Epsom salts are perfect for treating your achy feet, with the way they tingle when you dissolve them in water. They’re perfect for when you’re feeling up for a fancy bath, and they’re more than perfect for rejuvenating your tired feet.
But feeling isn’t the only reason why Epsom salts work great for achy feet; the magnesium in these salts is absorbed directly through your skin, which automatically helps you feel relaxed, while alleviating tension, inflammation and pain.
- Epsom salts (around 0.5-1 cup, any kind will be fine)
- Essential oils (5-20 drops) – optional
- Carrier oil (6 tbsp) – optional
Simply dissolve the Epsom salts in the pre-prepared tub of hot water, and add the essential oils and carrier oils. We recommend cinnamon, lavender or peppermint oils, but any other kind of essential oil would do fine too. The essential oils aren’t really necessary, but we think they add a nice touch to the whole experience.
And that’s it, your foot spa is ready for use.
2 – Moisturizing your feet
Worried about your feet being drier than the Sahara Desert? Try this DIY foot spa recipe. Everyone knows how good honey and coconut milk can be for dry hair. Time to utilize their benefits for your dry feet.
- Coconut milk (1 cup)
- Honey (1 cup)
- Cinnamon powder (1 tbsp)
Pour the honey and coconut milk into a pan of boiling water and mix until they dissolve. Slowly add this mixture to your tub or foot spa already filled with warm water, sprinkle the cinnamon powder after, and then you’re done.
Just be sure to wait a while before popping your feet in, because the boiling water mixture you added might have made the foot bath a little too hot to put your feet in immediately.
3 – Relaxation and Aromatherapy
When you’re looking for a relaxing and aromatic foot soak, Epsom salts and essential oils are the way to go!
- Essential oils of choice (5-20 drops)
- Carrier oil (2 tbsp)
- Epsom salts (1-2 cups)
- Dried flowers
Start by mixing the essential oils and carrier oil in a large bowl, adding the Epsom salts and dried flowers after they’ve mixed. Slowly dissolve this mixture into your foot spa or tub filled with hot water, till it’s at the aroma you want it to be, and your foot spa is ready for use.
You’ll probably be left with undissolved mixture too. No worries, just pour it into a plastic container and store it away for later use.
4 – Skin care and Exfoliation
Besides easing pain, Epsom salts also work as great exfoliants, gently eating away at the dead skin of your feet so that it falls off to reveal new healthier skin. Add lemon juice and vinegar to the mix, and you’re ready to say goodbye to peeling feet!
- Epsom salts (1-3 cups)
- Lemons (1-3 pieces)
- Vinegar (1-3 cups, white or apple cider)
Mix the vinegar into the tub of hot water, and squeeze out each fresh lemon completely into the mixture. After you’ve squeezed every drop of juice out of the lemons, use the inside of the peels to gently clean your feet and toes. Lightly rub the bottom of your feet with the Epsom salts before adding them to the foot bath, and soak your feet for about 20-30 minutes.
After you’re done with your foot soak, use a pumice stone, an exfoliating brush, or even a simple washcloth to rub off the excess dead skin on your feet.
5 – Tackling Eczema (itchy feet)
Suffering from a bad case of eczema and are just tired of bending down to scratch your feet again? Try this foot spa recipe by the National Eczema Association, guaranteed to satisfy your itch, literally.
- Baking soda (1/4 cup)
- Colloidal oatmeal – optional
Fill the tub with lukewarm water and dissolve the baking soda and oatmeal in it. Once dissolved, the foot spa is ready for use. Just be sure not to scrub or rub your feet during the foot bath, and to avoid using a soap or harsh cleaners when you’re done. Simply wash your feet clean with cold water and use a towel or cloth to dry them.
6 – Treating a fungal infection
Fungal infections on your skin can be a real nuisance, especially if they grow on your feet and cause you all sorts of problems. While your first recourse should always be to consult a doctor, we’ve found this recipe for a foot soak especially effective against treating or mitigating the spread of the infection.
- Tea tree oil (4 drops)
- Essential oil (lemon, 2 drops)
- Carrier oil (1 tbsp)
- Baking soda (quarter cup)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and slowly dissolve into the foot spa or tub filled with hot water. Let the mixture cool down till it’s tolerable, and then it’s ready for use.
Some Handy Safety Tips
Before you pop your feet in any of these DIY foot spas, do make sure to follow these safety guidelines:
- Avoid using a foot spa if you have an open wound on your feet. Ingredients like essential oils and Epsom salts might react with your open wound, irritating it and causing inflammation.
- Never insert your feet in the foot bath if the water is too hot. Doing so could cause burns on your feet.
- Always dilute essential oils into carrier oils before using them. This is because essential oils are known to be quite potent in their undiluted forms, and may harm or irritate the skin.
- Never use ingredients your skin is sensitive to. Rub each ingredient on a small part of your foot to see if your skin reacts unfavorably to it, before you submerge your feet into the bath and unknowingly cause yourself greater pain.
- Always seek medical advice before trying any DIY foot spa recipe for Eczema and Fungal infections.
- Never use a razor or scraper to exfoliate your feet. Pumice stones, exfoliating brushes, or even a simple washcloth are more effective and safer choices.
- Only tolerate as much as you can safely take. If your feet are reacting adversely to the foot bath, then just take them out and wash them off with clean water. You can also try decreasing the amount of each ingredient to make your foot soak less potent.
Wrapping it up
With the safety tips discussed and out of the way, you’re now ready to start making DIY-ing your own foot spa treatments at home however you like. We even encourage you to try your own recipes too; just be sure to share them with us if you find something really amazing 😉.
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