The art of home pedicure

Who doesn’t enjoy spa treatments and massages?? It is always a pleasure to look after one’s body. There is a saying: When the body is clean, the mind will be clean too.

I recently found quite a few interesting hobbies. Doing my family’s pedicure is one of such hobbies. Let me introduce my pedicure set. One needs very basic to intermediate items to do the feet.

 

I use a feet soak and massager to cleanse and lather the feet.

 

If you don’t have this equipment you can soak you leg in a bucket of warm soapy water.

Now it’s time for me to explain how I do a pedicure and what steps I follow.

There are a few steps to a pedicure process:

1) Foot soak

2) Trimming and shaping

3) Exfoliate

4) Moisturise

5) Beautify

In the second photo you could see my whole pedicure set. I would like to break it down and show the products individually.

You will need:

  • Peppermint salt soak (soak this in water tub or massager)
  • Callous filer
  • Heal crack shaver/filer
  • Nail clipper
  • Cuticle shaper and pusher and woodensticks
  • Nail buffer and toner
  • Brush to clean feet
  • Cotton pads
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Cuticle oil and cream
  • Feet scrub

All of these items were bought in The Body shop or Dischem pharmacy or Clicks.

How to proceed……

1. FOOT SOAK

A good foot soak goes a long way in beating the stress after a long day. In a basin fill warm water enough to cover up to your ankles and add:

  1. Foot scrub 1/4 cup. This is an emollient and will soothe inflammations, reduce roughness and reduce muscle pain. Also helps with exfoliation. However if you do not have this you can use any other bath salts you may have on hand.
  2. A few drops of a Foot Wash of your choice. You can substitute this with liquid hand wash or shampoo if you like.
  3. Essential oils of your choice. (10-12 drops). I use lavender and eucalyptus. Lavender soothes and rejuvenates the skin and helps calm the nerves while eucalyptus provides excellent relief to aching feet. It is also a very good antiseptic and disinfectant.
  4. Sit in a comfortable position, soak your feet and relax for 15-20 minutes. Dry them with a towel.

2. TRIMMING AND SHAPING:

Remove your old nail polish with some cotton dipped in nail polish remover. Trim your nails. Make sure you cut straight across and don’t cut the corners too much as this can lead to painful ingrown nails. Use an emery board or nail file to give them the desired shape.

3. EXFOLIATE

Once you towel your feet, rub in some cuticle cream on the base of each toe nail and leave it on for a few minutes. In the meantime, use a good foot file or pumice stone to remove the dry and rough and dead skin cells. If the cracks are extreme I use Callous remover. If this skin is not removed it will become hard and thick and will be infected. Be sure to scrub the heel and balls of the feet, sides of your heels and around your toes, basically anywhere there is rough, hard skin. Do not scrape too hard. Be firm but gentle.

If you do not have too much dry, rough skin just use a loofah for some gentle scrubbing. Next, wipe off the cuticle cream and push back cuticles gently with a cuticle pusher. Use the wooden sticks to clean under the nails and in between the skin and nails. Wipe your feet dry.
Use a good foot scrub and gently massage your feet. Scrub your soles, paying special attention to your heels, in between your toes and the tops and sides of your feet. Scrub your ankles as well.

4. MOISTURISE:

Once you are done scrubbing, wash your feet clean and moisturize them. I used the jasmine flavoured feet moisturiser bought in The body shop.  A face cream you found to be too heavy for the face can do the trick!! If you have cracks, follow up with a cream formulated especially for that. You can also use Vaseline mixed with lime juice, wrap with plastic for 15 minutes. Wear loose cotton socks and tuck yourself in.

5. BEAUTIFY:

Paint your toe nails with a color of your choice. Always apply a base coat. Wait for it to dry and then apply a coat of nail polish. Let it dry completely before you apply the next coat. This will make your nail polish last longer. Showcase your feet in stylish footwear, a beautiful anklet, pretty toe ring or even tattoos…whatever you fancy!

Enjoy your happy, gorgeous feet 🙂

Prad.

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