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Self Care Saturday: DIY Flip-Flop Rescue Foot Soak

DIY, BeautyMorgan VanekComment

It may be September, but here in southern Indiana it's still summer.  Yesterday, the temperature was in the 90s, and the air conditioner in my office was going full blast.  When it gets hot, there's nothing more convenient than slipping on a pair of flip-flops and heading out into the sunshine.  

Unfortunately, these shoes are absolutely terrible for you.  They can cause serious back problems, and they make your feet look awful - have you seen the backs of your heels lately? It's a good idea to save your flip-flops for occasional use - they're not a good choice for everyday wear. 

I'll admit that I don't always make great footwear choices, especially in the summer. Practical, supportive shoes just don't look as good with shorts and sundresses, and there aren't a lot of opportunities in fall and winter to show off my pedicure.  But when I saw the effect that my shoes were having on my feet, I knew I had to do something. 

Since giving up cute shoes was not an option, I started looking for some easy remedies to try at home.  I found several recipes for foot soaks, including one with Listerine, which was both cool and weird. Eventually, I settled on this simple recipe that's easy to make and clean up.  I soak my feet (if not my entire body) every week or so, which keeps me looking great from heel to toe.  

If you're a fan of sandals, you definitely need to treat your feet once in awhile. This DIY foot soak with essential oils is great for soothing sore feet.  It's also an excellent headache remedy, so it's the perfect end to a long day. And with only three ingredients, it couldn't be simpler to make.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!


DIY Flip-Flop Rescue Foot Soak


1/2 cup epsom salts

3-5 drops lavender essential oil

3-5 drops peppermint essential oil

Place the salt and essential oils in a large bowl.  Pour warm water over the salt, and stir until it dissolves.  Soak your feet in the bowl for 20-30 minutes.  Use a pumice stone on any rough spots or calluses after soaking.


Do you sacrifice comfort for fashion when it comes to footwear? How do you keep your feet looking and feeling great?