Our feet are exposed to the dirt and sun outdoors,all day long. They also happen to be the most neglected part of our body. It’s important to give your feet the care they deserve when you’re at home and to pamper them. Here is a small article on how to give your feet a relaxing pedicure at home. Its based on my own experience! Hope you will love it.
Things You’ll Need:
- A bucket/tub
- Nail color
- Nail trimmer
- Nail file
- Foot file/pumice stone
- Cotton wool
- Nail polish remover
- Body lotion
- Essential oils/milk/butter milk(optional)
- Cuticle cream or Vaseline petroleum jelly
- Cuticle pushing stick
How to Do Summer Pedicure at Home?:
Step 1: Remove old nail polish with a good branded nail polish remover. Simply wipe it off with your nail polish remover and some cotton wool.
Step 2: Immerse your feet in a tub of warm water, to help soften your nails and skin. You can add shampoo or body wash to help get rid of dirt. Add baking soda as this accentuates the softening.
After soaking your feet in warm water for 5-10 minutes, drain out the water and fill the tub with fresh cold water. To this tub you can add the following:
- Ice to calm down the skin in summer
- You can a use Milk or buttermilk due to presence of lactic acid which works to soften feet and remove dead skin
Essential oils are optional, but here are some suggestions:
- Peppermint oil for cooling effect
- Lavender for aroma
- Tea Tree oil for fungal infections
Adding some marbles (the once we used to play with as kids) to the base of bucket and rubbing your feet against them gives a nice massaging effect.
Step 3: Use the pumice stone or a foot file in gentle circular motion to get rid of the dry skin on your soles.
Step 4: For the front portion of your foot use a foot scrub or try any body scrub with good abrasive properties. Try using Aroma Magic’s mineral glow scrub or Everyuth Apricot scrub. Both work good.
Step 5: Pat your feet dry. Do not forget to dry between toes.
Step 6: Clip your toenails straight and file the edges. Always file in one direction only.
Step 7: Apply a cuticle cream to soften your cuticles (I use petroleum jelly or glycerin). Use a cuticle pushing stick to gently push your cuticles back.
Step 8: Moisturize your feet well. You can use any body lotion or foot cream for this. Do not apply in between toes.
Step 7: Apply the nail color of your choice :)
P.S: The frequency of these pedicure can be kept at every 2 weeks..
Additional points to take care of your feet in summers:
1. Wear cotton socks if possible. This serves a triple purpose of absorbing sweat, keeping feet clean as well as protecting them from sun tan.
2. Keep spaces between your toes dry to avoid infections.
3. Those of you who are prone to fungal infections, it is better to wear sandals or slippers as opposed to closed shoes.
4. If you are wearing shoes sprinkle some anti fungal powder between your toes.
5. Keep neem leaves in your shoes to keep them free from odour.