If you reside in a region where the winter season brings frigid temperatures, dry and cracked skin likely isn’t a new concept. In fact, it’s likely more normal than abnormal, depending where you live.
Here in Canada, dry skin throughout the winter is a pretty common occurrence. For me, personally, my hands seem to take the brunt of the effects of dry, winter air, but for others, feet can become a real irritant when they’re so dry they crack or split, which is pretty painful.
I took the liberty to research some relatively simple foot masks to concoct from the comfort of home in hopes it can potentially benefit someone dealing with feet that resemble peanut brittle. These mask recipes come from quickanddirtytips.com.
“Oatmeal and Brown Sugar Foot Mask
This foot mask is almost good enough to eat! In a food processor, pulse together a quarter cup of rolled oats and a quarter cup of brown sugar. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in a quarter cup of honey, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and one tablespoon of olive oil. Divide the mixture into two Ziploc bags, and place your feet in the bags. Massage the paste into the feet, and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
“Super-Moisturizing Foot Mask
If you have extremely dry skin, try this ultra-hydrating overnight foot mask. Mix together a tablespoon of olive oil, a tablespoon of cocoa butter, and the contents of three vitamin E capsules. After a shower, while the pores are still open, massage the mask into the feet, covering with socks. The next day, you can rinse with warm water. Your feet will feel silky smooth and moisturized!
“Cucumber Foot Treatment
Feet getting rough? You’ll love the way they feel after this treatment: In a blender, combine two small cucumbers, the juice of one lemon, and three tablespoons of olive oil. Divide between two large plastic freezer bags, then place your feet inside and secure around your ankles with rubber bands. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, rinse off, and pocket the money you would have spent on a pedicure.
“Peppermint Foot Scrub
Here’s a great scrub that will both soothe and exfoliate crusty winter feet. In a small bowl, add one cup of sugar and begin drizzling in two to three tablespoons of grape-seed, or another neutral oil, until you have a coarse, damp mixture. Stir in five drops of peppermint oil until well blended. Store in a Mason jar, and to use, rub a tablespoon or two onto the soles of your feet,” the website states.
Take a gander with any one of these foot masks and see if they prove to beneficial for you and your feet.