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Feed Your Face: Peppermint Patty Foot Scrub

By Dr Jessica Wu

Are your feet rough, dry, and cracked because you've been walking barefoot and wearing sandals the past few months? The buildup of dead skin on your feet leads to cracked heels and other rough spots, so keep your feet soft and caressable by scrubbing them regularly. Here’s the recipe for one of my favorite foot scrubs -- it smells like my favorite cookies 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 abrasive to use on your face, but it’s perfect for sloughing 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 my book Feed Your Face!

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