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There is nothing like a good moisturising foot mask for dry skin. It’s one of those little luxuries that you can whip up at home in your own time. The best part is, that this mask only takes 10-15 minutes to make! Get ready to soak your feet, drink some tea and give yourself the relaxing DIY spa treatment you deserve.
Table of Contents
- What is a Tea Tree Foot Mask?
- How Does DIY Tea Tree Foot Mask Work?
- How is a Foot Mask Different from a Foot Scrub?
- How to Use DIY Tea Tree Foot Mask
- DIY Moisturising Tea Tree Foot Mask
What is a Tea Tree Foot Mask?
We all have heard about tea tree face masks, but what on earth are tea tree foot masks? Tea tree foot masks, just like face masks, are beauty products designed to draw impurities from the skin’s surface, exfoliate, hydrate, moisturise, soften and deodorise the skin.
While clay foot masks promote the deodorising and moisturising effect, others, like foot peeling masks, facilitate the removal of dead skin to expose soft skin underneath.
How Does DIY Tea Tree Foot Mask Work?
Foot masks are becoming super trendy in the beauty world. They work by drawing out impurities from the skin’s surface and softening it. Foot masks can be made with various ingredients, including multiple clays, oils, essential oils, floral waters, and natural exfoliants to increase their effectiveness.
Blending tea tree oil with moisturising avocado oil, hydrating floral waters, cleansing Rhassoul clay and cooling peppermint oil will give you the perfect foot mask to soothe, moisturise and deodorise your feet.
Here are the main ingredients included in the recipe and the reasons I added them:
Rhassoul clay: gentle by nature and well tolerated by most people; this detoxifying clay has been a hit in spas for several reasons. It helps remove impurities, hydrate and deodorise the skin. I have combined it with glycerine and tea tree floral water to boost the moisturising effect.
Tea tree floral water: refreshing, cleansing, and gentle on the skin; tea tree floral water is perfect for foot masks. It may help reduce bacteria on the skin, fight against fungal infections, and relieve pain and inflammation.
Glycerine is a natural humectant with great skin benefits. It draws moisture from the air into the skin and keeps it hydrated.
Avocado oil is a deeply nourishing oil abundant in omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids and vitamin A, D, and E. Perfect for dry skin in need of deep hydration, softening, and nourishment.
Tea tree oil. For foot care, tea tree oil is a popular ingredient in natural beauty products because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties. When applied topically, it has been found helpful in treating varied skin conditions, including athletes’ feet, fungus infections of the nails and foot odour.
How is a Foot Mask Different from a Foot Scrub?
Foot scrubs are beauty products designed to remove dry skin layers built up on your feet by massaging coarse particles on the skin. That creates friction, helping to remove hardened skin and calluses while stimulating blood circulation, revealing softer skin.
Foot masks, on the other hand, are applied to feet and left to dry, helping to open up pores, drawing impurities, hydrating and deodorising the skin. Foot masks are usually used once a week as a part of weekly foot care.
TIP: The best time to apply a clay foot mask is right after you scrub. Scrubbing your feet helps clear blocked pores, allowing the ingredients in the foot mask to get deeper into the epidermis and be more effective.
How to Use DIY Tea Tree Foot Mask
- To make the most of the tea tree foot mask, start with washed, exfoliated and dried feet. You can exfoliate using a foot file or try DIY pumice scrub bars with tea tree oil.
- Spead a thin layer of the mask over your feet, not forgetting to cover the soles of your feet. Cover all areas of your feet, not just the bottom.
- Allow the mask to dry. It will take anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the coating. Clay-oil based foot masks tend to be slow to dry.
- Once the mask is dry, rinse it from your feet with warm water. Then follow up with moisturising foot lotion or foot balm to prevent dryness in the skin.
DIY Moisturising Tea Tree Foot Mask
DIY Moisturising Tea Tree Rhassoul Foot Mask RecipeDifficulty: Beginner Formulator
Get ready to soak your feet, drink some tea and give yourself a relaxing DIY spa treatment with a moisturising Tea Tree Rhassoul Foot Mask. It will help draw impurities from the feet, exfoliate, hydrate, moisturise, soften and deodorise the skin.
- Blend tea tree floral water and glycerin (phase A ingredients) in a bowl.
- Slowly trickle floral water blend (phase A) to clay till you achieve a smooth texture.
- You can now add essential oils, mixing well until well combined.
- Apply to your feet.
- Although I have included natural ingredients in the formulae that may be well-tolerated by most, some people may be sensitive or even allergic to them. If you are allergic to metallic elements like magnesium or aluminium, avoid using Rhassoul clay. Also, if you are prone to chronic skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, be careful when using Rhassoul clay. If your skin turns red, itchy, dryer, or experiences any irritations, discontinue using the mask.
Shelf life and storage
This foot mask is not intended for storing. Discard any leftovers.
Please remember that swapping the ingredients in the formula will alter the final product. Consider how the ingredient you switch will affect the final product’s efficacy, texture, and smell when making changes.
Rhassoul clay: Bentonite clay, just like Rhassoul clay, can help cleanse your skin, draw out impurities and soothe the skin.
Avocado oil: Avocado oil is a perfect oil for foot care. It helps to soften, moisturise and replenish dry skin. You can swap it for other nourishing oil like olive oil, sunflower oil or jojoba oil.
Tea tree floral water: If you can’t find tea tree floral tea in your area, rosemary floral water is a great substitute. This floral water’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action can also help improve the feet’ overall health.
Essential oils: Tea tree, peppermint, rosemary and lemongrass add fresh scent, plus they are known for their antibacterial and antifungal properties, making them an excellent pick for foot masks. You can swap them, of course. Just be mindful that some essential oils can cause sensitisation. You can learn more about the safe use of essential oils by visiting https://ifrafragrance.org.
Do foot masks work?
A homemade foot mask is definitely helpful for dry and tired feet. It will help moisturise, soften and deodorise the skin, making it soft and smooth. You can also apply this mask to your body. All you need is to create a bigger batch.
How often can I use the foot mask?
Suppose your skin is moderately dry, exfoliating and applying a foot mask once in 14 days should suffice. However, if you suffer from dehydrated skin, exfoliate and use this mask once or twice a week to keep your feet healthy.
Can I store the mask for later use?
No, unfortunately not. Clay is difficult to preserve as it attracts microorganisms when mixed with water or floral waters. Applying a mask that has gone off might cause harm to your skin.