Most women dream of having soft, clean and nourished feet, but this is not so easy to achieve. Hard and cracked skin on the heels and feet is a pretty common problem for millions of people and is difficult to treat as well. Luckily, there is one simple ingredient that can help – baking soda.
Baking soda is a versatile ingredient with numerous health benefits. It has antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and healing properties, and can do wonders for our skin and hair. People have been using the crystalline powder to treat all kinds of skin problems, including cracked heels and calluses. Rubbing your feet with baking soda will destroy fungi and accelerate the healing of minor cracks and wounds, while also eliminating the hard calluses on your feet. A baking soda bath after getting home from work will relax your feet while also getting rid of the odor.
Baking soda is an alkaline substance which can alter the pH of your skin and protect it from numerous conditions. However, it should be used with caution – a baking soda bath should not last for more than 15-20 minutes. The good news is that you can add other ingredients such as essential oils in your foot bath which will further amplify its effect and resolve even more problems. Here are a few nice baking-soda based baths that can treat different skin problems:
A classic baking soda bath
Preheat a bowl of water to 38-39C, then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda in it. Soak your legs for 10-15 minutes to relax them and eliminate the odor.
Baking soda and salt bath
This bath is great if you need to soften your skin. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda in about 2 l. of water, and sprinkle a handful of salt in as well. Soak your feet in the mixture for 7-8 minutes in order to soften your skin, then rub with a pumice stone to remove the hard skin and calluses.
Baking soda and soap bath
This bath is perfect for cleaning your skin. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and a bit of liquid soap in 3 liters of water, then soak your feet in for 10 minutes. The bath will clean your skin nicely and also make it softer.
Baking soda and essential oils bath
A foot soak with baking soda and essential oils will hydrate and soften your skin. You can use any essential oil you like, but you must remember to dilute it with a bit of olive oil or alcohol first.
Baking soda and milk bath
Add a quart of milk and a teaspoon of baking soda in 2 l. of water, then soak your feet in it to soften calluses and hard skin and prevent fungal infections on your feet.
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide bath
If you’re suffering from cracked heels and you can’t resolve the problem no matter what, this nice foot soak can help. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in a bowl of water, then soak your feet in it for up to 15 minutes. Pat them dry with a soft towel afterward, then rub with a pumice stone and repeat the process every couple of days for best results.
Baking soda and iodine bath
Iodine is a powerful disinfectant that can heal cracked heels and eliminate fungal infections as well. Add 2 tablespoons of iodine and baking soda each in 2 liters of water, then soak your feet in the bath for 10 minutes.
Baking soda and clay bath
This bath works great against calluses, weakened nails or dry skin on the feet. Simply add 4 tablespoons of clay and 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 2 l. of water then soak your feet in the solution.
Baking soda bath tips
In general, experts don’t recommend using baking soda foot baths every day. 2-3 times a week should be just enough to resolve any kind of problem. After you’re done with the bath, you need to rinse your feet with lukewarm water and pat them dry with a towel. Proceed by applying a thick layer of a high-quality moisturizing cream that will keep the skin on your feet hydrated. Always use cotton towels for your feet, and wear cotton socks which allow your skin to breathe. Finally, taking a shower after soaking your feet in a bath will improve your circulation and reinvigorate your skin.
Although the baths work great against fungal infections, they will go away only if you detect and eliminate the root of the problem. Fungal infections often occur due to wearing inappropriate socks and footwear which don’t allow the skin to breathe, so to fully resolve the problem, you’ll also need to address these issues.