Listerine & Vinegar Foot Soak...
Use It or Lose It?
Happy New Year my loves!
I hope you are having the most fabulous start to your new year as absolutely possible!!
I want to start out by apologizing for my absence and lack of blog posts in the latter half of 2014. To say I had a lot on my plate would be an understatement. My husband and I moved from Palm Harbor Florida to Dunedin Florida, our dream location! I was also in the hospital a few times due to chronic health issues. Unfortunately, my health prevented me from doing a lot of the things that I had really wanted and planned to do. I'm very happy to tell you all, my loves, that we are finally all settled in to our new place and my health is in a much more manageable place now so I can finally bring you all I can possibly compile to make sure that you have the greatest beauty, fashion & lifestyle information available!! I hope you can forgive my absence and enjoy everything I have to offer you in the future!
One of the most common resolutions for the new year is wanting more money...whether it's making more money or saving more money the end result is ultimately the same, more money in our bank accounts (who am I kidding, I'm using the extra dollars to shop). Throughout this year I'm going to show you how to do just that, keep more money in your pocket by saving money on beauty.
I was scrolling through Pinterest and found a pin that really peaked my interest, a Listerine and vinegar foot soak that claimed to revitalize your feet and cause the dead skin and calluses on your feet to "practically wipe right off". I'm OBSESSED with good foot hygiene. There is nothing more off-putting than nasty, grubby, callused feet. No matter how much glitter, paint or jewels you put on your nails if your feet are covered in dry, cracked, callused skin you cannot make them pretty. Going to get professional pedicures puts a big dent in your bank account, especially if you're having them done on the regular. Having your nails on fleek at all times is a necessity so finding the cheapest beauty products without sacrificing the quality and the actual task at hand is a MUST! When I saw the Listerine and vinegar foot soak I immediately thought of how I MUST try this out for you and let you know if all the hype surrounding this at home beauty treatment is warranted or not.
Here are 2 "recipes" from Pinterest...
1 Cup Listerine
1 Cup vinegar
2 Cups warm water
1/4 Cup Listerine
1/2 Cup vinegar
1/2 Cup warm water
Why would this work? Well, Listerine contains Thymol which kills bacteria and fungi which I could see being good for a foot soak. Vinegar is acetic acid which is used in homemade chemical peels which remove dead skin cells making it another good candidate for a homemade foot soak.
One thing I did notice while doing my research is that APPLE CIDER VINEGAR has a much higher concentration of the chemical that removes the dead skin than white distilled vinegar.
So I gathered up all of my ingredients that I would need to concoct my homemade foot soak and materials needed to keep me occupied while soaking my tootsies. All of the directions say to soak for ten minutes which I did but found ZERO results so I continued to soak for a full half hour. Again, I had no results. My dead skin and calluses were in full tact! I decided to make another go of it and adjust the recipe to one I thought might work a little better. The recipe I tried was...
4 Cups Listerine
4 Cups white distilled vinegar
I thought maybe it would work better if it was not diluted. I was wrong. I found this little concoction no more effective than soaking my feet in warm soapy water. I used a pumice stone with an exfoliating sugar scrub and the results I got from that were no better than if I had not used the "Smurf Juice". Oh yes, a fabulous side effect from the Listerine is a smashing blue tint to your tootsies! I was advised via the Internet that the blue Listerine worked better but I think that was just a cruel joke!
I must say that I was truly shocked that this did not work especially with all the hype surrounding this pin and the popularity of the pin itself. As I mentioned earlier, I found during my research that apple cider vinegar has a higher concentration of the chemical that aids in the removal of dead skin. I'm going to try the foot soak again using apple cider vinegar and will let you know the outcome no matter what the results. As of now, my opinion of the Listerine and vinegar foot soak...use it or lose it? LOSE IT! Hands down! All you really need is warm soapy water, a nail brush, pumice stone and a great cream!
Thank you so much for reading what I have to share!