There is nothing better than a pedicure; your feet feel soft, smooth and toes ready for sandals. I’m always amazed at just how great one little treatment can make me feel. It makes me wonder why we don’t take better care of ourselves at home.
How often do you curl up on the couch to watch Grey's or CSI? Next time your favorite show is on, give yourself a foot spa at the same time! I promise you won't regret it. This will prolong your pedicure visits and save money. Do as I sometimes do and grab you husband or roommate so they don't miss out on happy feet.
Soak your feet in warm water for at least 15 minutes. This is the time to just sit back and say "ah". You can use any bowl or dish that your feet will fit into; I use a white dish tub that I picked up at the dollar store. To help reduce swelling in your feet and ankles, add a quarter cup or so of epsom salts into your water or splurge on a great foot soak. Swirl around with your toes until it dissolves. Even though you might not be able to tell, your feet are thanking you.
Exfoliate your skin, concentrating on the calluses. This is the time you really want to concentrate on. There are many different options when it comes to exfoliating tools. Use a damp pumice stone or foot file to scrub down your entire foot. Everyone has areas that need to be filed down, so really take your time. Using a foot scrub makes blasting away dead skin ten times easier. Rub the foot scrub on your feet to get a basic exfoliation all over and then scrub over your calluses with the foot file. When you are done scrubbing, rinse and dry your feet.
Moisturize with an intense moisturizer. You can use your favorite moisturizer or get something specifically for your feet. I love using peppermint lotions on my feet, especially after soaking in warm water. The cooling sensation peppermint has lasts long after your soak. Make sure you moisturize not only your feet, but your ankles and legs too.
Paint your toenails. An option step, of course. Everyone can pull off bold colors on their toenails, even if they only wear clear (or nothing at all) on their fingernails. OPI always cracks me up with their color names. If you can't decide, check out two of my favorites: Mauve-lous Memories and Mrs. O'Leary's BBQ.
After your pedicure, make sure you clean and bleach your foot tub and foot file.
When painting your nails, you may want to use a base and top coat. A basecoat fills in any ridges your nails might have making it an even surface. A top coat seals in the polish, giving it extra protection.
Try to give yourself a pedicure once a week. Once you get in the habit of taking care of your feet, you won't forget. Store all of your products in your soaking tub. Once a week, before you sit down for your favorite show, grab your foot spa kit and fill up the tub.
What You Need
- A tub to soak your feet
- Pumice or foot file
- Foot Scrub (optional, but very beneficial)
- Nail Polish (optional)