Start 2018 Right! Exfoliate Your Feet the Natural Way at Home

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Rejuvenate and  re-energize your feet with 7 simple ingredients — found right in your supermarket!

#1 Honey
Raw, unprocessed honey is a great topical antiseptic because it has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal benefits. In addition, helps to speed up the natural exfoliation process and it has humectant qualities, as well, which means that it attracts moisture to your skin, making it great for a hydrating scrub.

#2 Yogurt
Yogurt contains lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid (the same kind you’ll find in prescription skin care treatments) but at a concentration so mild it’s gentle enough to use on any skin type. Yogurt hydrates and exfoliates, has skin-smoothing and soothing benefits, and the lactic acid may also help to even out your skin tone as well.

#3 Baking Soda
Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, a natural substance that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder. This alkaline substance has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a good exfoliating agent that helps remove dead cells. In addition, it balances pH level of the skin, which is very important to maintain even and clear skin. Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda with water to make a paste.

#4 Sugar
Sugar is made from sugar cane, which is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid. Glycolic acid is good at breaking down the protein — the glue — that keeps dead skin cells from sloughing off, as well as boosting new skin cell production and smoothing and softening skin. Mix about one-half cup of sugar with olive oil (or whatever your favorite oil may be) to make a paste. Using circular motions gently massage the mixture into your skin and rinse well.

#5 Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a great food for lowering your cholesterol, but it’s also a cheap natural exfoliant that has anti-inflammatory properties and acts as a natural moisturizer. And it’s gentle enough not to tear or injure sensitive skin. Try this: finely grind one cup of oatmeal in a blender or food processor, then stir together with one cup of plain yogurt and two tablespoons of honey. Mix thoroughly until it becomes a smooth paste, and then apply the mixture to your feet.

#6 Lemon
Lemon juice contains alpha hydroxy acid, which penetrates and removes the protein glue that causes dead skin cells to stick to your epidermis. Mix one-quarter-cup each of lemon juice, apple juice, grape juice and cane sugar in a glass jar, making sure the sugar completely dissolves. Then apply the mixture to your feet with a cotton ball, and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.

#7 Coffee
Not only does coffee perk you up, but it can serve as a potent exfoliant as well. It helps tone the skin as well. Mix two cups of coarsely ground coffee with a cup of sea salt and two-to-three tablespoons of massage oil. Soak your feet or take a hot shower to moisten your skin and open your pores, and then, using wide circular motions, rub the mixture onto your skin with strong, even pressure. Then rinse off the scrub, pat the skin dry with a towel and apply your favorite lotion.

Extra Tip: Save Our Oceans, Go Natural
Some manufactured exfoliant scrubs feature polyethylene micro-spheres or beads–basically, little bits of plastic that polish your skin–are extremely bad for aquatic life. Those little granules slip through waste-water-treatment systems and end up in the rivers and oceans, where scientists are alarmed by the increasing death rate for fish and birds that ingest waste plastic. Using sea salt or another natural exfoliant is a much more environmentally friendly choice.

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