Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mercredi: The Art of Beauty

It is that time of year when sandal and flip-flop ready feet are a must even up here in the Arctic zones.  Where I live, it is common courtesy to slip one’s shoes off at the front door of any house you enter.  This means that, even if you’re wearing boots, slides or Crocs (and if you are wearing Crocs, stop it right now), you may have bare feet beneath.  Best to keep them smooth and good looking.

So here is my favorite foot scrub to get the dead skin off and keep feet fresh with the uplifting scent of peppermint, all at the same time.

1 tbsp coarse oatmeal (such as Irish oats)
1 tbsp cornmeal
1 tbsp sugar
3 tsps dried peppermint leaves or flakes
1 tbsp unflavored yogurt (organic or Greek yogurt works best but is not a “must”)
Juice of 1 lemon
6 drops of peppermint essential oil

Combine oatmeal, cornmeal, sugar and dried peppermint in a bowl.  Add the yogurt, lemon juice and oil.  Mix until you have a workable paste. 

To use, sit over a bucket or on the edge of your bathtub.  Wet feet and then massage the paste into them.  Pay special attention to rough areas like the heels.  Rinse and dry thoroughly and then follow up with a rich moisturizer (like the one I offered on April 27th). 

The recipe is good for one, at most two, treatments.  Store any leftovers in a tight sealing jar with a wide mouth for up to two weeks in the frig.  Scrubbing your feet about once every seven to ten days should keep feet looking and feeling their best.  A votre sant√© ~

Header: Norvic Footwear c 1952

2 comments:

Timmy! said...

No wonder your feet always look so nice Pauline.

I'm afraid there's no hope for mine though...

Pauline said...

Feet are one of the last things a lot of people thing about in their beauty regemine, but having nice feet that don't snag the covers is a treat no one should miss.