The Best Exfoliating Foot Masks to Alleviate Dry Skin
Posted on August 28 2019
Let’s face it: beach days, summer hikes and living in heels can wreak havoc on your feet. All that walking around can leave you with dry skin, calluses, and other skin irregularities are enough to make you want to wear closed-toed shoes indefinitely.
Fortunately, your feet don't have to stay hidden away. After using a foot mask, you can show them off in your favorite strappy sandals! You know you can exfoliate your body with our pomegranate sugar scrub, but why not your feet too? While there are plenty of treatments to choose from, the best exfoliating foot mask remedies include natural ingredients that leave your feet feeling soft and smooth.
What’s even better is that you don’t have to go to a spa to have beautiful feet. Some of the best foot exfoliators around include common ingredients that you can find at your local grocery or healthy living stores if they're not in your pantry already. Balance out your foot pampering by using a high-quality natural product like our Coconut Milk + Verbena exfoliating foot mask once or twice a week and your feet will thank you.
What Causes Dry Feet Anyway?
Before you can really take advantage of the best exfoliating foot masks made at home, you should know why your feet get dry and start to crack in the first place. This knowledge will help you keep your feet beautiful longer.
One reason for cracked feet is exposing them to excessively hot water. Additionally, standing for long periods of time with your feet exposed to the elements, like going to the beach every day, can contribute to this problem. Some footwear does a number on your feet as well. Wearing heels all the time can be rough on your feet, and shoes that have open backs allow your heels to be exposed to the open air and to skin-drying elements. Give your feet a much-deserved break!
Of course, some of these are easy enough to address with a simple change in habit. You shouldn't have to give up your favorite sandals, though, and maybe your job requires you to stand for long periods of time. This is where the best foot exfoliator creams or masks for removing dead skin and achieving baby-soft feet really come in handy.
Foot exfoliating masks can be found in stores, or you can make one at home. Our favorite is our Coconut Milk Verbena exfoliating foot mask. It’ll help polish and beautify your dry heels and feet, so you’ll want to show them off!
At Home Remedies
Now, let’s take a look at what you should use to make your at-home foot masks. Common, natural ingredients that you might have at home can be used to make a quality foot mask.
Some of the best exfoliating foot mask recipes you’ll find consist of ingredients like botanical extracts as well as tea tree oil, olive oil, coconut oil, mint leaves, bananas, sugar, avocado, and even yogurt.
Making a foot mask at home can seem complicated at first, but they’ll work wonders on your dry and cracking feet!
1. Honey Cucumber Mask
You can find the ingredients to this simple homemade foot mask in your kitchen!
To make this mask:
- Take one cucumber and peel it.
- Put it into a blender and blend, adding honey until the mixture is smooth. You’ll want to make sure there are no lumps.
- Rub the blend onto clean feet and allow it to sit there for 20 minutes.
- Rinse the cucumber and honey foot mask off with warm water.
Here’s why it works: Cucumber contains lots of water, natural oils, and vitamin E. These ingredients repair the damage your skin has sustained. As for the honey, it is chock full of vitamins and minerals that keep your heels soft and supple.
2. Fruit Masks
We’re going to stay in the kitchen a bit longer. It isn’t just your summer salad that benefits from fruits like lemons, grapes, and pineapples. Some of the best exfoliating foot mask recipes around do, too.
The reason why this exfoliating mask works stems from the glycolic acid found in these summer fruit salad staples. This acid sloughs off dead skin cells on your feet and can also help with skin spots and large pores on your face.
For this fruity mask:
- Start with 1/4 cup of pineapple.
- Add in 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, freshly squeezed.
- Add 1/4 cup of grapes to the mix.
- Mash the grapes and pineapple together in a bowl until you have no more big chunks.
- Massage the mixture into your feet and allow it to sit for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
A quick word of warning here: If your skin tends to be sensitive, then you may want to rinse off a few minutes. Lemon juice can be irritating for sensitive skin. When in doubt, start small and work your way up to 15 minutes.
3. Avocado and Yogurt Mask
Turns out that avocado really is the miracle fruit of miracle fruits. It counts as one of the key ingredients in one of the foot mask remedies we’ve found.
It also happens to be super easy to make. Just follow these steps:
- Grab one-half of an avocado, with the pit removed.
- Scoop out the avocado meat and smash with a fork until it becomes smooth.
- Add roughly the same amount of plain yogurt and mix until the consistency turns light and creamy.
- Apply to your clean feet and wrap them in a plastic bag
- Give it 20 minutes.
- Rinse off the mask with warm H2O.
4. The Java Mask
We know you can’t live without your coffee in the morning, and you probably don’t like the idea of wasting it.
We promise you that this coffee-based remedy will be a worthy sacrifice of some of your precious coffee grounds. As a bonus, it only requires two key ingredients: a tablespoon of coffee and two tablespoons of orange juice.
To make this mask, simply add your coffee grounds to the OJ until the mixture has thickened. Apply it onto your clean feet and be sure to add some extra to the really rough spots. Let it sit for 20 minutes.
To really help remove any dead skin, massage the mixture gently into your feet as you’re rinsing the mask off.
Best Exfoliating Foot Mask Treatments
If you're pressed for time but you still want to reap the benefits of some of the best exfoliating foot masks without having to make one, we suggest that you try our Coconut Milk + Verbena Exfoliating Foot Mask.
We know - you’d love to make your own versions of some of the foot masks on this list. However, sometimes life gets in the way of even our plans. Turning to an exfoliant like this still allows you to cash in on the advantages of natural foot masks without having to spend the time putting one together.
Remedies like our foot mask work well for those mid-week mini pamper sessions that we love to recommend. But why stop at your feet? Give your skin a treat from head to toe with our dry skin kit, which includes Whish products you’ll love. Soft skin, here we come!