During the winter months my feet, specifically my heels, get very dry. Getting a pedicure is lovely, but who’s got the time OR the money? A few weeks ago I saw an Epsom salt foot bath on Pinterest where you simply use a toothbrush to remove the dead skin. So I thought I would give it a whirl.
Epsom salt – made of magnesium sulfate – has medicinal properties that can be used internally and externally. It can also can be used as a detoxifying agent. As a foot soak, it soothes aches, removes odors and smooths skin.
Question: Can Epsom salt and a toothbrush really remove all the unsightly dead skin on my heels?
Hypothesis: The soothing and detoxifying properties of Epsom salt will bring back my youthful looking feet.
Prediction: I predict that the foot bath will soothe my feet and make it easier to remove the dead skin. However, I’m not sure if a toothbrush will be tough enough to remove the dead skin.
Test: I dissolved a cup of Epsom salt into a tub full of warm water and I soaked my feet for about 20 minutes. Next, I took the toothbrush and scrubbed my heels gently for a few minutes. I’m not sure if the toothbrush had soft or medium bristles but it didn’t seem to be removing the skin easily. I dried my feet off and applied lotion to my heels.
A few days later I decided to try the Epsom salt foot bath followed by a good scrub with a pumice stone (I bought mine at Stop & Shop for $2.99). I followed the same steps as before and used the pumice stone on my heels instead of the toothbrush.
Analysis: I found the toothbrush method was not as effective as I’d hoped. But, if you don’t already have an extra toothbrush lying around, a pumice stone is very inexpensive and more effective at removing that dead skin.
Cost: Approximately $8.00
Time Consumed: 20 minutes
Pre-Event Feasibility: This foot bath is a must if you are trying to save money before your big event. If you do this every few days your feet will look and feel years younger.
End Result: Go to the store and buy Epsom salt and a pumice stone. You will not be disappointed.
Check back next Wednesday – I will be trying a DIY brown sugar body scrub and a citrus salt body scrub. Both of these would make amazing gifts for the holidays… or for your bridesmaids! Stay tuned!
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