DIY Pedicure Recipe: Homemade Lactic Acid Foot Bath + Sugar Scrub

Have feet that look drier than the Sahara?

You’re not alone!

As the weather continues to drop, it’s inevitable for our poor little feet to weather the effects (in the form of dry, cracked, yucky soles).

With our flip-flops firmly stored until spring, though, splurging on a pedicure to heal those cracked heels is, well, not exactly where we’re hoping to spend our hard earned cash (especially since no one but our yoga teacher will get to enjoy our perfectly painted tootsies afterwards!).

That’s not, though, to say that our feet don’t deserve some TLC.

Save your money – and the trip to the salon – with this at-home spa treatment from celeb manicurist and owner of As “U” Wish Nail Spa, Skyy Hadley, to keep skin hydrated and youthful-looking through the colder months.

DIY Pedicure Recipe

2 cups whole milk
1 cup hot water
2-3 drops of lavender or vanilla essential oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon olive oil
Shea butter, or other rich moisturizer

Mix the milk and hot water in a bowl or roasting pan that fits your feet. Add a few drops of essential oil. Soak feet for 5-10 minutes.

As Skyy explains, “the lactic acid in the milk will loosen dead skin, smoothing out calluses” and “the essential oils will calm the skin and soothe any soreness or inflammation.”

Meanwhile, combine the sugar, baking soda, and olive oil in a small bowl. Once you feet have finished soaking, use the scrub to exfoliate the loosened skin from your feet.

Rinse your feet clean before drying and moisturizing.