The Shower Step

Home Beauty Treatments: The Pedicure

How much do you love your feet during the summer?! Summer time is when we tend to invest in our feet by getting pedicures to show off in our new pair of sandals. Why not do this all year long, and in the comfort of your own home?

Here’s how to give yourself a home pedicure:

Show your feet some love with a massage
Use your thumb to press into your feet in small circular motions. Stretch your toes by gently pulling each one back and forth. A simple massage like this will help to release any tightness or soreness.

Soak your feet
For 5-10 minutes, or longer if you wish, grab a magazine or watch your favourite show whilst bathing your feet in luke warm water. Since sandal season is just around the corner, I thought it might be useful to take a looksie at what the Internet has to offer in terms of feet-fixing home remedies:

Buttermilk Foot Soak – (Milk, Sugar, Hot Water) The milk in this recipe is supposed to soften your feet and the sugar helps exfoliate.
Epsom Salt Soak – (Epsom Salt, Hot Water) Athletes swear by Epsom salt soaks because they can help relieve pain and get rid of stinky foot odor.
Baking Soda Soak – (Baking Soda, Warm Water) Add about 3 Tbsp of baking soda to a tub to soak and soften your feet before an at-home pedicure.

*Adding essential oils to these Soak recipes is optional, but here are some suggestions: Peppermint oil for invigorating feet, Lavender for soothing your senses, or Tea Tree oil if you have any problems with foot fungus.

Scrub your soles
After you have removed your feet from the basin, get a foot scrub to remove any dry or dead skin, this will leave your feet feeling beautifully soft and smooth. For the harder areas, such as your heals, use a foot file or a pumice stone to remove the hardened skin.

At home remedy you can try:

Avocado Foot Scrub (Avocado, Cormeal, Sea Salt) The trick is letting an avocado pit dry out for a few days, then smashing it up with a hammer and blending it to create little exfoliating bits. Mix it in with the green avocado innards, cornmeal and some sea salt and—voila!—homemade foot scrub.

Trim your toe nails
As we mentioned in a previous post, trim your toe nails straight across to avoid infection. Afterward get your cuticle pusher to gently push your cuticles back toward the skin. To finish this step, apply some cuticle oil on your nails and cuticles to moisturise and prevent your cuticles from tearing.

Homemade Nail and Cuticle Conditioning Oil (Almond Oil, Vitamin E Oil and Essential Oils) Cuticle conditioning oils can be expensive, try this DIY concoction to ease your toenails back into tip-top shape.

Moisturise your feet
Apply moisturiser to your feet and gently massage it in.

Apply nail polish
We all like to have a bit of colour on our nails. For the best finish, apply a top coat and let it dry before applying your colour. Always remember the “three stroke method” one each side and then one stroke down the middle. To finish, apply a top coat to prevent the paint from chipping.

Top Tip: Remove your nail polish within a week or two to stop the polish from staining your nails. It is also recommended that you use a nail polish remover that doesn’t have acetone as this solution really dry’s out your skin.

Happy Pampering!
Miss ElevEase