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I’m pretty sure my husband can set the record for a cracked heel. While I made a salt water cracked heels For him, making his own magnesium foot scrub is another good way to deal with calluses on his heels.
I love using it to exfoliate my feet, but it also exfoliates my face and body. Exfoliating dead skin cells makes the skin smooth and completely natural. So I no longer have to wake up to scratch my feet because of knives in my husband’s heel (my loving term).
This homemade magnesium exfoliator is a perfect solution for cracked heels, calluses, and dry skin. Hello, smooth skin and soft feet.
Experts estimate that 80-95% (or more) of adults magnesium deficiency. This can have serious consequences! Our bodies use magnesium to regulate heart health, mental health, and blood pressure. In fact, magnesium is one of the most essential minerals in the body and is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions.
I use a magnesium spray on my skin every day to help optimize my magnesium levels. But this gentle foot scrub is a great way to get a gentle (and relaxing) magnesium boost.
Benefits of DIY Foot Scrub
I probably don’t need to tell you that feet can actually be pounded. Our family is outside a lot, especially in the summer, and I don’t usually wear shoes. It’s easy to end up with dead skin cells and dry feet that are in dire need of foot care.
Homemade foot scrubs can work just as well as a pumice stone without being too harsh on the skin. I like to use foot cream to add moisture to my skin. Body lotion with shea butter, coconut oil and cocoa butter, Like this oneis a good choice.
Epsom salt or magnesium salt will be coarse. But a few additional soothing ingredients create an exfoliating blend that’s both exfoliating and hydrating. Essential oils provide a cooling sensation to soothe dry and irritated skin.
Almond or olive oil deeply moisturizes the skin, while the rough magnesium exfoliates. For something lighter, grapeseed oil also works. This scrub is naturally odorless, although you can add essential oils for even more health benefits.
A little cinnamon powder and a few drops of peppermint oil make a festive scrub. Rose petals and lavender oil make up a floral version. Some other great combinations include:
Don’t want to use salt or magnesium in your scrubs? Sugar or brown sugar will also work. I have a recipe for a simple sugar scrub here with lots of customization options in scents and colors.
Magnesium Foot Scrub
This gentle foot scrub formula helps repair damaged feet for softer and smoother skin.
Productivity: ten ounce
In a small bowl, mix all ingredients and essential oils (if using) together.
Store in an airtight container, away from direct sunlight and heat.
Use a small amount to exfoliate feet or body as needed, rubbing in circular motions. Rinse with warm water after use.
Frequently asked questions:
Overall, body scrubs are one of the easiest DIY beauty products out there. There are so many options and customizations that I often get the following questions:
How Long Does Homemade Foot Scrub Take?
It depends. Without liquid soap, it will last indefinitely, as both the oil and Epsom salt have a shelf life of several years. Liquid castile soap has a liquid component, so I don’t keep it for longer than 6 months in this case. Although it is usually used long before 6 months!
Just be sure not to get water in the foot scrubber, such as from the shower. When there is water in the mixture, microorganisms begin to grow rapidly.
Best time to use it?
I like to use any body scrub right before showering for the easiest cleanup. Magnesium is especially helpful at night because it helps with relaxation, but magnesium can be used at any time of day.
Can I use magnesium oil instead of olive oil?
Technically Magnesium Oil is not an oil but a liquid salt solution. Magnesium oil works differently than oil but it can certainly be used for scrubs like this one. Over time, some Epsom salts can dissolve in magnesium oil. The end product will have a much higher magnesium content and is safer for drainage and septic systems.
If you want to try this version, I recommend using a smaller batch and using 1 tablespoon each of magnesium oil and Epsom salt. this is a instructions for making magnesium oil and this is brand i use.
What is the best liquid Castile soap?
Whichever you prefer! This recipe uses such a small amount that any scent of castile liquid soap will work. I love using it because it makes it easier to clean and my skin is softer. However, it is not needed and can be left out if you do not have it. My personal favorites are This bulk has no smell and mint Dr. Bronners.
Can I use sea salt instead of magnesium?
Sure! Technically, this will make it a salt scrub rather than a magnesium exfoliant, but it will still leave skin soft and silky. Here is my recipe for a Himalayan salt scrub if you want to try it out.
Can I use sugar instead of magnesium?
Sure! Again, it won’t be a magnesium exfoliator, but sugar is great for skin care (just not so much). when eat!)
Can I give this as a gift?
Of course! Homemade gifts are my favorite. I have given this scrub to friends, especially pregnant friends, as it seems to help with their pregnancy leg cramps. I make sure it has an expiration date or I leave out the liquid soap to make sure it lasts a long time. With soap, the shelf life is about 6 months, and without soap, it should last a year (or more).
Where do you get the cute jars?
Everywhere. My name is Katie and I am a glass jar addict. I have a whole cupboard that I bought online, at thrift stores and antique stores. I even rescued jars from friends’ kitchens when they were about to throw them out.
I always like to reuse a jar where possible and give multiple gifts in mason jars. I also have some of these top jars with a wooden spoon that is perfect for DIY gifts like this. I also love the cork bottles for homemade bath salts, clay masks, etc.
Is this safe for drains and septic tanks?
Yes and no. Of course, test your particular system for septic tanks before using this or any product that goes down the drain. I’ve never had a problem with it clogging our drains or messing up our septic system and I think soap will help with this.
Have you ever made your own foot scrub? What did/will you use? Share below!