Frugal Foot Care

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Is it just me or does this tool look like what I use to grate Parmesan cheese with? Here is my cheese grater pictured below for comparison😳. I do not recommend using this tool, but we will get back to that in a bit.

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I, Frugaldribble, have never had a pedicure….Never, not even once. Some in my family would argue that I have needed one. Mainly my husband, whom I share a bed with😉. Pedicures appear luxurious. I’m just not really crazy about a stranger rubbing my feet, is that weird? People have assured me that I am really missing out, so I bet they feel great☺️. I can’t fault anyone who wants to be pampered on occasion.  I prefer to do similar things for myself at home, which is not as luxurious as someone else doing it. One day,  I may not be able to reach my feet anymore.If that day comes, I may treat myself to a pedicure on occasion…since I have saved so much over the years doing it myself😉.

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I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts on personal hygiene/beauty products that I use regularly. I have to admit that I struggled with this a little at first.

Why? ….because my beauty routine is pretty basic. I can’t help but feel that things that are consumable….as in, I will smear(is that a word??) them on and eventually wash them off my body and down the drain a little later.. shouldn’t cost much. So with that being said, some may think my choices are kinda cheap☺️. Maybe they are, but if they work..so be it!

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Frugal Drib # 1 The lowly pumice stone

Here is my $2 pumice stone. Just for a little background, a pumice stone is volcanic rock that has little air bubbles within it helping it to be lightweight yet abrasive. For years, pumice stones were made from volcanic rock. Now companies have found other ways to cheaply make a similar product that produces a similar result. I suspect mine is the latter.It doesn’t feel the same way as the pumice stones I have had in years past. That’s okay, as long as it still works☺️.

I don’t recommend using the cheese grater style foot care tool pictured above. Our bodies are very resilient. If we remove too much of something that our body thinks it needs, it will rebuild it bigger and stronger. Kinda like how a broken bone heals back stronger than it was before. I have used things like this before, only to have my body remake worse hard, dry skin in a few short weeks….lesson learned.

What works best for me is to use the pumice stone for just a few minutes daily on the rough areas while in the shower, starting prior to Spring.  I start this months before I even think about putting sandals on. Have you noticed that during the winter your feet stay softer? In the summer, if you are a sandal/flip-flop wearer like me, they get drier and more calloused. This is our bodies trying to protect our feet from the elements. When I did a nursing assignment with homeless people that did not wear shoes, I noticed that the soles of their feet had built up significant thick callouses. It’s as if their bodies were trying to form a shoe. Our bodies are amazing at protecting us from ourselves, it’s just not always very pretty☺️.

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Frugal Drib #2 Body Oil Gel

As I get older, I love this stuff more and more. My skin is so dry. When I use this, it soaks in then leaves a slight, glistening sheen that detracts a bit from spider veins and other imperfections. I also like that, unlike lotion, it stays soft and moist all day. You can get this unscented and is just a few dollars at most dollar stores. It also last a long time because it doesn’t take much. For me, what works best is to use a slightly rough(Clothesline dried would be awesome!) washcloth before shaving to remove dead skin cells, shave, pat dry, then apply the gel immediately after showering rubbing in well. I love that because it’s a gel, it’s not drippy or messy. It gives the same moisture as an oil without drying out later like lotions do. This also works well on heels after pumicing..is that a word?!? I also use this on dry areas on my face during the winter and it works great.

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Frugal Drib #3 Dollar Store emery boards and nail polish

I have a previous post on these dirt cheap emery boards, if you get a chance to look at it.  I personally think they are essential for making my hands and feet look much neater. They will do as much for grooming the toes as they do for hands. For me, the key is maintenance. If I spend just a couple minutes each day filing dry areas away, then my feet stay flip-flop ready all summer.

Also, can I just say that Wet ‘n Wild makes really good nail polish? I buy mine at the Dollar tree for one dollar. It does a good job, stays on well, looks pretty, and doesn’t cost much. They have tons of colors to choose from and if you hate the color after you put it on, you won’t feel too bad passing it along since you only spent a dollar on it☺️.

I hope you enjoy the beauty products posts. I have a few more coming up. What are your favorites beauty products? Do you grate your feet? If so, do you have to maintain it often?

12 thoughts on “Frugal Foot Care

  1. I have such dry feet that I use one of those pumice stone electric things and it works well. I also use lotion but will check out this gel and see if I like it. I’m always up for a frugal tip!!

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  2. For me, lotion just seems to soak up and disappear leaving me able to draw my name on my leg with my fingernail later on. The gel seems to stay around for a long time. I was given one of those electric things that uses batteries that I liked, but the batteries were always down when I really needed it.

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  3. I’ve had two pedicures in my life and only because our daughter so badly wanted me to go with her for one. I The bottom of my feet are so sensitive, I could hardly bear having someone massage them! I like doing things myself anyway!

    I need to check out that oil gel. I use a basic pumice stone too. Yes to lower cost cosmetics! I have been using Cover Girl mascara for years and years, have tried some upper end ones that were birthday freebies from Ulta, and still liked the CG best. I like Pears soap bars from the Dollar Tree for washing my face. I make my deodorant from baking soda, cornstarch, coconut oil and essential oil. I use argan oil around my eyes at night. So much money can be spent on beauty products, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

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  4. Oh, I have never considered the Pears soap. I’m going to pick up some of that because I just ran out of cleanser. The oil gel used to be called baby oil gel, but they changed it a few years ago. It makes my skin appear more youthful when I have that little sheen on my legs. I have been using Maybelline Great Lash Mascara(the pink one) for years. I have tried higher end also and always end up going back to it. I have never made homemade deodorant but I will confess that when it’s really cold in the winter, I skip deodorant all together.

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  5. I need some emery boards but never thought to check the dollar stores. Thanks!
    For lotion, I use a homemade concoction based on Rosemary Gladstar’s recipes for Perfect Face Cream, which can be found in many versions on the internet. It makes several months’ worth (for me) and I can add or subtract essential oils to keep costs down. It’s thick, velvety and works all over, not just on the face.
    And I use grapeseed oil to clean my face. It takes about a half a teaspoon at a time, so it works out to be quite cheap.

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    1. Oh, so glad I could help! I think homemade recipes are good because so many of the products you buy contain alcohol and stabilizers, which can be drying. I usually use coconut oil on my face but I am currently out so I have been making do until I can get to Big Lots since they have a decent price on it.

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      1. What are the ingredients or do you have a link? I like coconut oil for my face because it’s easy and works well for me. I usually just scoop a little into a jar and leave it in the bathroom. Big Lots has a pretty good price on it..$3.99 for a big jar. My skin is super dry yet weirdly breaks out some so I do have to be a little more careful what I put on my face. If you try that recipe let me know if you like it!

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      2. I checked out the recipe. I love the way the Rosemary Gladstar recipe looks thick and luxurious. Not sure I want to buy so many ingredients, though they would probably last a long time. After the initial purchase it would probably not be too bad. If you do it, let me know. The velvety thick part sounds delightful.

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