This DIY milk bath made with common pantry ingredients is a quick, easy way to pamper your feet. In just a few minutes, your skin will feel softer and smoother without spending a fortune on salon treatments or expensive products. Four simple staples from your kitchen—milk, honey, vanilla and baking soda—can deliver amazing results in the privacy of your own home.
How Does it Work?
Not only is milk healthy to drink, but the lactic acid it contains is also beneficial when applied topically to your skin, helping to heal and hydrate dry patches. Plus, this natural DIY bath recipe includes honey to soothe and moisturize the skin, as well as a touch of vanilla, which has anti-inflammatory properties to help calm irritated patches. (Learn the other benefits of honey, here.) The finishing touch is baking soda, which serves as a gentle exfoliant to slough off dead skin. The end result? Sandal-ready feet, just in time for warmer weather!
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DIY Soothing Milk Bath
- 3-4 cups of milk (as much as you’ll need to cover your feet)
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp. baking soda
Step 1: Warm the Milk
Pour 3-4 cups of milk into a microwave-safe container. Heat milk until slightly warmed but still comfortable to the touch, 1-1/2 – 2 minutes.
Step 2: Combine Ingredients
Add honey and vanilla extract to warmed milk; gently whisk until combined.
Step 3: Presoak
Pour the milk mixture into a container large enough for both feet. Submerge your feet in the mixture; let soak for 5 minutes.
Step 4: Scrub and Soak
Sprinkle baking soda over your feet, gently scrubbing any rough patches of skin. Let feet soak for an additional 5-10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. If desired, use a pumice stone to buff away dead skin. Apply moisturizing lotion to feet.
Makes 1 foot bath.
No time to DIY?
Look for products containing natural ingredients like milk and honey, such as Dr. Teal’s Epson Salt Soaking Solution, Soften & Nourish with Milk & Honey online or at your favorite store.
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