Whether you want to reenact the ancient custom of ceremonial feet-washing or you simply wish to dispatch that rough skin on your heel that snags your wooly blanket, an at-home foot treatment is a great way to soften those callouses, reset your rhythms, and replant your feet firmly in the present moment.
Step 1: Soak (5-15 minutes)
Soak the feet for 5-15 minutes to warm and soften the skin. If you don't have a real footbath, you can use your bathtub or a container that will be large enough for your feet to comfortable rest on the bottom. Alternately, a hot moist towel can be wrapped around the feet to provide a similar effect. A plastic bag will help hold in moisture and heat.
Spa Tip: Adding a bath product or an essential oil blend to the water can make the process more effective for your skin and your psyche.
Step 2: Exfoliate (5-7 minutes)
Skin naturally sheds dead skin cells every 30 days or so, allowing new skin cells to form. However, the skin on the soles of your feet is much thicker than elsewhere on your body causing the cells divide more frequently in response to pressure and friction. This allows the skin to thicken and create a protective barrier. If those dead cells don’t shed, it can result in dull, dry and flaky patches. Exfoliating helps speed up this shedding process. You can exfoliate your skin by using an exfoliating brush, pumice stone, or exfoliating skincare products.
After soaking, remove one foot at a time and dry thoroughly. Apply either an enzyme peel and sit 5-7 minutes or exfoliating scrub and work it into the skin. Then rinse or wipe off with a warm, moist towel.
Step 3: Massage (2 minutes)
After exfoliating, wipe feet with warm, moist towel. Apply a moisturizer to hydrate your skin.
Spa Tip: Our Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm works as a hydrating mask for your feet!
Following your at-home foot ritual, we recommend wearing cotton socks to help lock in hydration.