By Angela Derks
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With summer looming here in Australia, it’s time to get your tootsie primed for open toed shoes. Our skin can get dehydrated and dry during the cooler months, so I’ve put together some of my favourite DIY home made recipes to get that luscious skin back. Free from all the nasty chemicals, these treatments will make your hands feel soft and silky and they are extremely easy to prepare.

Peppermint Foot Bath


Sufficient water to fill a large bowl (to soak feet in)
1 tsp almond oil
2 drops of peppermint essential oil


  1. Fill the bowl with warm water
  2. Add the almond oil and peppermint essential oil
  3. Mix the ingredients to disperse them with the water
  4. Place feet in the bowl
  5. Soak for 5 to 10 minutes (ideal to put your facial mask on first and then soak your feet for extra home rejuvenation)
  6. When your feet feel cool then remove them from the bowl
  7. Rinse your feet
  8. Pat dry with a soft towel

This foot bath is also a great natural remedy for reducing headaches


Peppermint Foot Scrub

Stimulating exfoliation will remove dry skin for fresher feet.


2 tbsp almond oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops peppermint essential oil
½ cup oatmeal, sea salt or shredded natural coconut flesh


  1. Combine the almond oil with rosemary and peppermint essential oils in a bowl
  2. Slowly stir in the oatmeal, sea salt or shredded coconut flesh
  3. Apply the mixture in gentle circular movements to the soles of the feet
  4. Rinse your feet
  5. Pat dry with a soft towel


Citrus Hand Soak


2 cups warm water in a bowl (to soak hands in)
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp baking soda


  1. Fill the bowl with the required amount of water to soak your hands
  2. Add the milk and baking soda
  3. Soak hands for 5 minutes
  4. Remove hands from the bowl
  5. Rinse the feet
  6. Pat dry with a soft towel


Avocado Hand Rejuvenator

 Avocado Mask – is a great moisturiser for facial masks and contains rich proteins, vitamins, lecithin and essential fatty acids. If extra moisture is required, include the coconut oil which is high in saturated fats.


½ avocado, peeled and pitted.
1 tablespoon natural (or plain) yoghurt
1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)


    1. Mash half an avocado with a tablespoon of natural yoghurt -you can combine these in a blender and process for 30 seconds
    2. Mix well and apply to cleansed skin
    3. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes
    4. Rinse with warm water
    5. Pat dry with a soft towel

This recipe is also utilised as a Facial Mask. Merely make double the amount of the mixture and use as both a face and a hand nourishing mask.

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