Slough off dead winter skin so you can start spring on the *right foot*

By Kylie Gilbert
March 07, 2017

Have dead winter skin to slough off before spring? Luckily, it takes about two seconds to create a DIY scrub to leave skin super-soft. (More home remedies that save winter skin.)

"These salts draw out the impurities, replenish nutrients, and relax muscles while they remove dead skin and open your pores so that you absorb the essential oils deeper into the layers of your dermis-sugar is just sugar, there's no therapeutic effect," as Hope Gillerman, author of Essential Oils Every Day and founder of H. Gillerman Organics luxury essential oils remedies told our sister site Better Homes and Gardens.

Pass on the basic table salt and pick a more therapeutic option like Epsom salts, dead sea salts, Himalayan salt, or sea salt. As for the oils, try lavender, clary sage, orange, bergamot, and cedarwood, which are sleep enhancers and promote relaxation.

Gillerman's recipe:

The Recipe

Place 1 cup of salt in a glass, metal or ceramic bowl. Using a whisk, stir in ½ teaspoon of your favorite relaxing essential oil until thoroughly blended.

The Method

Add 1/2 cup to a drawn bath and swish with your hands to dissolve. Hop in and soak for 5 to 15 minutes, then use the salt to scrub calluses on feet.

Bonus: The essential oils are an excellent way to practice some self-care. "This is the absolute best ritual to do before bed if you have trouble sleeping or unwinding after a particularly challenging day," says Gillerman. (Don't stop there: try these #selfcare goals you should add to your life ASAP.)