Year round I am constantly having to scrub the dead skin off my feet because they always seem rough, dried out and cracked. Maybe, it is because I go barefoot a lot or simply because of my medications or the fact that it is dry in my house, but whatever the reason might be there is only one remedy that works for me.
That remedy is my gritty apricot butter scrub. It is thick, extremely gritty and really gets the dead skin away from my feet so they can be soft and smooth when I actually apply foot butter to them. Typically, applying foot butter to my feet nightly does not do the trick on its own, but when used right after the scrub it does just the trick.
The organic ingredients I use to make the gritty apricot butter scrub are two cups of ground apricot kernels, cup of ground almonds, cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of white cane sugar, ¼ cup of sea salt, ½ cup of apricot oil and two cups of cocoa butter.
These ingredients I purchase online from a spa shop that sells these ingredients in bulk. I find they are a bit more affordable this way, but you can purchase them at drugstores, whole food grocery stores and herbal shops too.
Creating the Gritty Apricot Butter Scrub
Before I begin making my gritty apricot butter scrub, I take out the materials and tools I need which are a large saucepan, a clean glass wide mouth jar that I can fit my hands in and out of easily, and a wire whisk. Next, I place the cocoa butter, apricot oil and apricot kernels into the large pot. Than I place the pot on the stove and turn the burner on low heat, just to melt the cocoa butter and infuse the apricot oil into it along with the ground apricot kernels. Once the mixture is in a liquid state, I add in the ground almonds, brown sugar, white can sugar and sea salt and combined the ingredients together well until I end up with a thick gritty mixture. Then I pour the mixture into the jar, leave the jar on the countertop until it cools enough to put it in the refrigerator too thicken up even more so it can become the gritty apricot butter scrub it needs to be. Once the scrub reaches a solid buttery form, it is time to use it.
Favorite Way to Use the Apricot Butter Scrub
The first thing I always do before using the scrub is soak my feet in my warm footbath made with baking soda to deodorize and detoxifying, a few drops of tea tree oil to kill bacteria and fungus on the foot, and a few drops of peppermint oil to relieve the aches and pains in the feet. The warm bath also helps soften up the skin too so the rough dead skin is much easier to exfoliate without causing pain and discomfort when it is removed. After, I sit on the edge of the tub, take handfuls of the scrub and rub the scrub vigorously into my feet for about ten minutes to in sure the dead skin is being removed. Next, I rinse my feet down with warm water and pat them dry. Then, I take a pumice stone and scrub my feet down even more to make sure any of the dead rough skin that is left is completely removed. Once again, I soak my feet in a peppermint foot soak for thirty minutes to help clean the loose rough dry skin away. After, I pat my feet dry and massage them with lovely foot butter for silky smooth soft pretty feet.
To help keep my feet soft and smooth I use the apricot butter scrub three times per week. However, you can use it as often or as less as you want. I just find for extremely rough dried feet like mine it works best if used at least a few times per week so the rough dry skin does not come back.
Now, not only can the gritty apricot butter scrub be used for exfoliating the feet, but it can also be used to help exfoliate a dry face, elbows, knees, legs and your entire body if you want too. I even use the scrub to exfoliate, cleanse and hydrate my scalp well too. However, I do have to wash my hair really well afterwards with a good organic shampoo to help cleanse it so it does not become greasy or oily from the oils and moisturizers in the scrub.
Well, now you know my secret remedy to super soft feet and I hope it helps many of you out there who experience extremely dry rough feet as I do. I also hope you like the way the scrub works for exfoliating, cleansing and nourishing your body too as a body scrub or scalp scrub. I wish you all some happy natural beauty ahead.