Among all the downsides of cold weather, dry feet have got to be one of the worst. Not only are dry feet uncomfortable, but they can also actually be harmful over time, leading to cracked heels, redness, irritation, and – if you’re really unlucky – actual wounds.
Once your feet are already in that state, it’ll take a while to get them back to feeling like a baby’s bottom… or close enough. But it’s completely doable! And a foot salve is indispensable to getting there. With daily use, foot salves and balms will not only bring the moisture back to your feet, but they’ll also soothe redness and inflammation as well as protect them from further damage.
And if your feet aren’t ridiculously dry yet? Don’t wait until they are to take action. It’s better to keep your feet moisturized and, yes, a bit pampered on a regular basis rather than try to rescue them after they’ve already turned into sandpaper.
A yummy-smelling, super-soft foot salve can give you that extra boost of motivation to actually take good care of your feet this winter. Even better? You can make a great foot salve yourself at home, without any fussy ingredients.
This DIY foot salve will keep your feet smooth and soft all winter long.
Makes 1/2 cup.
1/4 cup shea butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
1/2 oz beeswax, grated (optional)
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops vanilla essential oil
*The ingredients for this recipe are very easy to customize – you can use what you have at home. You can swap the shea butter for cocoa butter, swap the sweet almond oil for olive oil or jojoba oil, or swap the vanilla essential oil with your favorite scent. All of these butters and oils are ultra-moisturizing, so use what works for you!
1. Combine the shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and beeswax in a saucepan over low heat.
2. Stir until melted, then remove from heat.
3. Add essential oils, then stir to combine.
4. Pour mixture into a clean jar or container.
5. Let cool until solid.
To use, massage a small amount into your feet each night. Apply to cracked heels as needed. And as always, stay hydrated, gently exfoliate your feet with a pumice stone, and make your tootsies happier with a good massage.