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With warm weather right around the corner, dry skin on your feet and legs needs to be dealt with before donning your favorite sandals and shorts. Dry skin is often the result of not properly exfoliating dead skin cells, which mask the softer, more supple skin underneath. Many beauty and skincare products, as well as salons, boast the ability to get rid of rough, dry skin but not without a hefty price tag. If you're on a budget like most women, try a more inexpensive treatment at home to get your skin in tip-top, warm-weather shape.
Fill your foot bath or large bowl with warm water. (If you're using a large bowl, you should be able to fit both feet in it comfortably.) Place the foot bath or bowl on a towel to absorb any sloshes or spills. Soak your feet for 10 minutes. To make soaking your feet more relaxing, grab a good book, a cup of tea, or put on your favorite CD.
Dry your feet with a clean towel and use the pumice stone to slough off the dead skin on your feet. Pay particular attention to your heels, where the skin tends to be the driest and roughest. Rinse your feet well.
Prepare a natural foot scrub to remove any remaining dry skin. Combine 1 ½ cups sea salt, ¼ sweet almond oil, 2 drops peppermint oil and 2 to 3 drops lavender oil. Mix well. Use the foot scrub to massage your feet and take off the dead skin and callouses.
Rinse well with warm water and dry your feet. Liberally apply foot cream to each foot, and put a pair of clean cotton socks on to allow the cream to absorb completely into your skin. Apply foot cream each night before bed to keep your feet soft and smooth.
Prepare a natural body scrub to remove dry skin from your legs. Combine ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup almond oil, 10 to 20 drops vitamin E, and 10 drops essential oil. If you've used the foot scrub, you can use either the peppermint or lavender oil, or both. Mix well.
Take a warm shower. While in the shower, use the body scrub to remove dead skin and add moisture to your legs by massaging the scrub onto your legs in a circular motion. Do not rub too vigorously to avoid making your legs red and irritated.
Rinse well, dry your legs with a clean towel and liberally apply a fragrance-free body lotion. Fragrance-free lotions contain little to no alcohol, unlike their scented counterparts. Alcohol is drying to the skin, which defeats the purpose if you have dry skin. Moisturize your legs and other dry-skin areas daily.
Use the foot scrub and body scrub weekly for best results.
If you're not totally grossed out by touching someone else's feet, or you don't have issues with having your feet touched, invite a girlfriend over and do pedicures on each other for a relaxing, fun girl's night in.