Words: Danielle Williams
Photo Credit: Bonnin Studio
Once summertime hits, my feet need some care. As the weather warms up, I’m rarely seen wearing shoes, preferring to run around either barefoot or in sandals. Not only do my feet seem to get dirty quickly, but they are also prone to soreness, dry skin, and cracked heels. If I stay on top of caring for them from the beginning of the season, I can typically keep these issues under control. This detox foot soak is one of the ways I do this.
The Epsom salt is perfect for soaking achy, tired feet, and the baking soda helps soothe dry skin and pull out toxins. Soaking in warm water alone can help my muscles and joints relax, and adding these two basic ingredients takes it to another level. I’ll often fill up the bathroom sink with warm water and sit right on the countertop to soak my feet. Since I’m sensitive to scents, I prefer to leave out any essential oils or dried elements, choosing to burn a lightly scented candle instead. If you’d like some extra moisture, you can add 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil or olive oil. For me, I like using this foot soak with just the two ingredients; it makes it quick and easy to rejuvenate my feet on a regular basis. Next time you’re feeling worn from the day, give this simple foot soak a try.
¼ cup baking soda
½ cup Epsom salt
Combine the baking soda and Epsom salt. Fill a bathtub, basin, or sink with warm water, add the salt mixture as desired, and soak for 10 minutes.
For more skin care recipes, be sure to peek inside our Summer Issue!
Danielle Williams is the assistant senior managing editor for Stampington & Company. She lives in Orange County, California, with her husband, daughter, and opinionated cat, Holly Golighty.