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FEED YOUR FACE: Homemade Peppermint Patty Foot Scrub

By Dr Jessica Wu

Are your feet rough, dry, and cracked after being cooped up in boots the past several months? Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you should ignore your poor feet. After all, you might want to show them off in strappy sandals (or play footsie under the sheets). Buildup of dead skin leads to cracked heels, so keep your feet soft and caressable by scrubbing them regularly. Here’s one of my favorite foot scrub recipes — it smells like my favorite candy from childhood!

Peppermint Patty Foot Scrub

1 cup coarse sea salt
5 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 cup fresh mint, minced
3 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)

Coarse sea salt is too scratchy to use on your face, but it’s perfect for sloughing the dead skin off your feet, while olive or coconut oil helps soften calluses and repair cracks. For best results, do this at night. First, soak your feet in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes (or scrub them at the end of your shower or bath). If you have really thick calluses, try using a foot file or pumice stone before scrubbing. Then massage the scrub into your feet in a circular motion, spending the most time on the roughest areas. Don’t forget your ankles and the tops of your toes. Rinse off with warm water, pat dry, then apply a rich foot cream (or more olive or coconut oil). Slip on a pair of old socks so you don’t leave greasy footprints everywhere.

For more homemade recipes, check out Chapter 11 of Feed Your Face(LINK TO AMAZON PAGE TO BUY THE BOOK)

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