During the summer I keep a careful watch on the state of my feet. Pedicures, polish and copious amounts of pampering keep them camera ready. Then come fall and winter and my poor, neglected feet start to resemble hooves.
In order to save a little cash for Christmas shopping (for myself – just kidding! But not really.) I decided to skip the salon pedicure and instead, research some DIY treatments. I found a pumpkin foot scrub that sounded interesting and was made from ingredients I already had at home.
- 1/4 Cup Cooked or canned pumpkin puree
- 1/4 Cup Brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Almond Oil (you can also use olive, jojoba, or vitamin E oils)
- 1 Tablespoon Ground coffee beans
- Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
Mix all ingredients in a big bowl and scrub your feet, paying special attention to the heels. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry. Leftover mixture can be used on the rest of your body in the shower or can be stored in a glass jar in the refrigerator for a few days.
- Pumpkin contains natural enzymes that exfoliate the skin and are good for softening up rough patches of skin (just like those dry heels on your feet!).
- Alpha-hydroxy acids and small granules in the brown sugar also make for excellent exfoliators.
- The oils will not only soften the skin, but they’ll also strengthen and hydrate your cuticles which will make your nails stronger.
- The caffeine in the ground coffee beans helps improve blood circulation in your feet, making for happy, peppy tootsies.
The scrub looks like really thick pumpkin soup, and ended up smelling… hmm… interesting.
I’ll be honest, the smell of the pumpkin mixed with the coffee was a little unsettling. I had a moment of “ugh” then dove back in, slathered my feet with the mixture and got scrubbing. Nothing prepared me for how cold the stuff would feel, so remember to warm it up in your hands for a few seconds!
The scrub felt a little looser than what you might be used to in store-bought products, but it worked just the same. I made sure to concentrate on my heels, scrubbing each foot for about 3 minutes. I thought the pumpkin was staining my skin, but it was all good and didn’t end up with Snooki hands or feet. It washed right off after I followed up with a gentle post-rinse brushing with one of those pedicure scrubber brushes (no soap, just warm water). After drying my feet, I applied some body butter and my feet were indeed softer and looked much improved!
I calculated what it costs to make a batch of the foot scrub, rounding up generously, it’s less than $2 for one application. True, you don’t get the perks of going to a nail salon, but if a trip to the spa isn’t in your budget, DIY treatments are a great alternative. You can also get together with friends and try out recipes, even if things go wrong you’ll have a good time.
With a little experimentation you can customize these homemade products to suit you, play with scented oils and products to create your own fabulous blend.