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Foot scrab - how to make it yourself


Foot scrab - how to make it yourself
Foot scrab - how to make it yourself
Foot scrab - how to make it yourself
Foot scrab - how to make it yourself

Those who have visited Thailand before most probable have already tried the world famous Thai massage and a no less famous Foot Scrab. Even after visiting a good pedicure salon the experts of Thai Foot Scrub manage to scrape a couple of handfuls of old skin from your heels and then your feet look really like those of a baby only slightly bigger.

The salons which offer Foot Scrub tend to sell the sets for the procedure at home. The set consists of a package of two plastic bottles – the large one contains liquid acid for peeling, the small one contains liquid soap to neutralize the effect of these acids, and also there is a pack of two cubes of pumice stone. The price for the entire set is about 300 baht.
In the "Everything 20" shops the same fluid can be purchased at 24 baht (but it is not always available - have to look for it and seize the moment), in Walking Street stalls they sell it for 60-90 baht, and in pharmacies you can find it for 80-120 baht. Pumice is sold separately.

In all places except the “20 baht shop” - do not forget to bargain properly, if the prices are significantly higher than those indicated in the article.

How to use such sets

The preferred way would be to do it together with someone, scrubbing each other’s heels in turns. But you can also do it yourself.
It is better to protect your hands during the procedure with the latex gloves so as not to "peel" accidentally the skin on your palm.

Method № 1

- Dilute the content of the bottle in hot water (in a small amount, just a little bit at the bottom of the container where you put your feet so that the water covers the part that need to be softened) Use 1-2 caps of lotion from a large bottle.
- Dip your heels in the solution for 10-15 minutes.
- Scrap the softened skin with a piece of pumice and then wash the feet under running water.
- In the same amount of hot water dilute 1-2 caps of soapy water from a small bottle.
- Dip your feet in the solution for 5 minutes.
- Wash under warm running water.

Method № 2

- Use undiluted liquid from the large bottle and damp cotton swabs in it, then use them to bundle the feet surface where you want to soften the skin.
- Keep the tampons on the skin for 10-15 minutes.
- Scrap the softened skin with a piece of pumice and wash under running water.
- Pour some soap from a small bottle in palms and lather your feet.
- A minute later wash your feet using warm running water.

The second option is the one that is used in salons  and in my opinion is more efficient and economical, though the package suggests using the first method.
If necessary, the procedure can be repeated right away, covering with the new wet swabs only those places which require a stronger effect.

However don’t be too zealous or you can turn into a "mermaid" when each step becomes painful and you will get back the previous state within a week or two of actively walking barefoot in the sand. Also, do not do this kind of procedure too often – you might end up with a few "bloody cracks" on your heels (quoting the words of a pedicure master who had to treat the consequences of overusing the Foot Scrub).

After the procedure it is advisable to apply moisturizer on the clean feet and walk barefoot less in the next few days.
Composition of the wonder drug

Many websites dedicated to cosmetics and body care products from Thailand describe this lotion (FGL LOTION is one of the many brands of a similar composition) as something magical, containing natural fruit acids, able to help to get rid of athlete's foot, heal cracked heels, cure from corns and softens the feet with natural coconut oil.
Whether it is so or not let everyone decide for themselves.

Here is the content of the F.G.L. LOTION:

Big bottle of a solution liquid - 180 мл.
Deionized water, Dimethicomne, Propilene glicol, Glicerine, Hydroxyethyl cellulose, Sodium hydroxide, Citric acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance.
Small bottle 30 ml.
Deionized water, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Polyquaternium 10, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Polyquaternium 7, DMDM Hydantoin, D-panthenol, Fragrance.

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