12 homemade exfoliating foot masks

Salt, honey, sugar, coffee, and coconut are some of the key ingredients in exfoliating foot masks. We present you with a dozen options that prevent dryness and cracking.

Last update: September 12, 2021

Dead skin is naturally shed by the body. The process is called exfoliation And one way to speed it up is by applying scrubs to your feet, face, hands, or back.

One of the parts of the body that suffers daily are the feet, due to the constant friction, the use of tight shoes and the carelessness to which they are sometimes subjected. As a consequence, corns and cracks are produced that are access routes for microorganisms.

How to avoid thickening and damage to the soles of the feet? Pampering them with the homemade recipes that we present below.

1. Shea and honey

Butter shea It is known for its nutritional power and protection against dryness. Honey, among other benefits, repairs tissues, according to an article in the scientific publication International Journal of Morphology.


  • 3 tablespoons of honey.
  • 1/2 cup of oatmeal flour.
  • 1/3 of cup of butter shea.

Preparation and use

In a bowl mix the oatmeal with the butter and little by little add the honey. Stir to form a paste. If necessary, add other tablespoons of honey. With this foot scrub you can massage instantly or store it in a jar with a tight lid.

2. Citrus and sea salt

Citric acids have the ability to polish the skin and they work best when combined with sea salt. Along with other elements you will get an effective treatment to soften rough plants.


  • 1/4 cup of sea salt.
  • 1 tablespoon grated grapefruit.
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh grapefruit juice.
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut or grapeseed oil.

Preparation and use

Add all the ingredients in a bowl. Energetically massage the plants and on the upper part do it delicately. After a few minutes rinse.

3. Oatmeal and jojoba

Oats are widely used in natural cosmetics. It contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, trace elements and vitamins that influence the regeneration and synthesis of collagen. Of the most efficient foot scrubs, those formulated with this cereal stand out.


  • 1 cup of oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup of jojoba oil.
  • Cream based on apple cider vinegar.

Preparation and use

Form a paste with the oatmeal and jojoba oil. Add a little of the cream and rub it on your feet gently.

Oatmeal is a recognized ingredient in beauty products that you can take advantage of at home.

4. Olive oil, sugar and salt

This is a simple recipe to get rid of corns. The density of the product will depend on the amount of oil used.


  • 1/2 cup of sugar.
  • 1/2 cup of sea salt.
  • Peppermint essential oil.
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil.

Preparation and use

In a bowl mix the salt with the sugar. You thicken to your liking with olive oil and aromatize with a few drops of essential oil. Like the rest of the scrubs, you can use it right away or save it for later.

5. Banana and oatmeal

Nutrition, hydration and softness are some of the contributions of banana to the skin. In team with oats, the banana calms and heals the cracks.


  • 1 tablespoon of water.
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric.
  • 2 tablespoons of ground oats.
  • 1/4 of cup of mashed banana.

Preparation and use

Rub with the ointment that results from the ingredients. Find a plastic bag and wrap the feet for 15 minutes; time in which the preparation will take effect. Finally, rinse and dry.

6. Baking soda and oil

The abrasive lightness of baking soda is ideal for loosening damaged skin. Foot scrubs with this component they only require an extra substance.


  • 1 cup of baking soda.
  • Oil of your choice: almond, olive, coconut, calendula, etc.

Preparation and use

In a bowl you pour the bicarbonate and by tablespoons add the oil until you achieve the desired consistency. It is recommended to use the paste once a week. From the first sessions you will notice how the skin of the feet recovers its elasticity.

7. Coconut and coffee

Caffeine is known to stimulate blood flow and due to the exfoliating power of its grainy texture. Coconut, for its part, is rich in vitamins E and K, does not irritate and is antimicrobial.


  • 1/2 cup of sugar.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • 1/2 cup of cold coffee grounds.
  • 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil.

Preparation and use

This recipe does not have more science than to take the ingredients to a bowl and mix. The vanilla you add as you stir the coffee with the oil. Massage the feet and reserve the rest of the scrub.

8. Watermelon and basil

Watermelon is invigorating and rich in antioxidants. Added to other components, it acts as an antiseptic and softener. Basil prevents dry feet and irritations. This is how you create an exfoliant with these foods.


  • Honey.
  • Almonds oil.
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar.
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil.
  • 1/2 cup of watermelon cut into cubes.

Preparation and use

In a bowl, mash the basil and add the watermelon. Complete with the sugar, the almond oil and while you stir you add the honey.

Wash your feet before applying the paste. After exfoliation, rinse with warm water, pat dry and close with a moisturizing cream.

9. Lime and coconut

Fusing the citric acid from the lime with the lauric acid from coconut oil will destroy dead skin and soften calluses. Besides, it is antifungal. Sea salt acts to get rid of those damaged cells and olive oil has its effect by preventing inflammation.


  • 1/4 cup of sea salt.
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice.
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Preparation and use

As in previous exfoliating foot masks, This cream is prepared by joining all the ingredients in a bowl. It is suggested to use it after a shower with hot water. Still wet, you rub the soles and the tops of your feet with the mixture. After 5 minutes, wash with warm water.

10. Castile and mint soap

Castile soap contains beneficial vegetable oils for sensitive skin. It also provides antibacterial properties and prevents hardening of the sole of the foot. How to turn it into an exfoliator?


  • Coconut oil.
  • Castile soap.
  • Peppermint essential oil.

Preparation and use

Make a paste with the ingredients and rub your feet with it. To this recipe you can add a touch of pink Himalayan salt, since its thickness removes the thick skin of the heels better.

11. Aspirin and lemon

It is one of the scrubs for feet with cracked bases and dry heels. In the recovery of the feet vitamin C and acetylsalicylic acid work.


  • 1 lemon
  • 4 aspirins.
  • 1 tablespoon of water.

Preparation and use

In a mortar, grind the aspirin and squeeze the juice of a lemon into a glass. Together both ingredients, adding the tablespoon of water. There will be a cream that you will spread on your feet for 15 minutes. After time, you wash them with warm water.

Acetylsalicylic acid is an ingredient in several commercial forms for skin treatments.

12. Milk and sugar

There are those who resort to this recipe to treat cracked heels. Discover it!


  • Pumice.
  • 1 cup of milk.
  • 5 cups of warm water.
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar.
  • 1/2 cup of baby oil.

Preparation and use

In a bowl large enough to submerge your feet, pour the milk and warm water. Let them soak for 10 minutes.

In another container mix the baby oil and sugar. You remove the feet from the milk and smear the ointment, exfoliating in circles with the pumice stone. Rinse, dry and close with moisturizer.

Benefits and risks of applying foot scrubs

You can increase cell renewal and refresh the skin on your feet by exfoliating at least 2 times a week. Regarding possible adverse reactions, the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology states that the risks of skin irritation depend on the frequency of exfoliation and the products used. When faced with concerns and for safety reasons, the right thing to do is consult a doctor.

However, some tips to prevent problems are to rinse well and hydrate, use petroleum jelly or heavy creams after sessions, rest your feet up, and sleep in thick socks. Don't forget to pack your scrub and store it in a cool place.