It's a treat to experience a salon pedicure with the technician rubbing away all the stress that feet can carry. If you are lucky enough to have an occasional spa pedicure, you also will know that they can be quite costly! With so many people watching every dime, this is a great time to stock up on a few basics and do it yourself! We've compiled some tips to help you with some at-home Ped Pampering treatments that will make your toes sing with joy.
Give yourself an at-home pedicure and enjoy the wonderful relaxing effects! Your new toe ring is the perfect way to finish off a complete foot treatment, and it's amazing how something so simple can lift your spirits so high! When your toes feel good, the rest of you feels amazing—it's a heart and sole thing.
Note: Whenever you are working on one foot, the other foot should be soaking in the warm water. If possible, allow a half hour for the nails to dry completely.
Without proper care, it is difficult to maintain beautiful feet. They are one of the most neglected yet most used part of your body. To keep them in fit and proper condition, give yourself a pedicure at least once a month.
The weather is warming up, and now it's time to take off the snow boots, sneakers, and wool socks and slip your feet into a sexy, strappy pair of sandals. If the thought of showing off your feet is horrifying to you because your feet haven't seen daylight in 6 months, don't fear! Those cracks and calluses will be a thing of your wintery past. And you don't have to spend $40 and up - Here's a 20 minute pedicure to get your feet back into shape.
Tip: To keep your nail polish lid from sticking, rub it with a little Vaseline or cutical oil.
Here is a compilation of pampering pedicure tips from friends!
from Jennifer Tanner, Esthetician
The feet are the most neglected part of the body, yet they do a really hard and important job! Here's a recipe for happy, pampered, sandal-ready feet. Be sure to massage and pay special attention to your feet, toes, ankles and calves as you do the steps.
Take off all old polish (if you use polish) If nails are yellowed due to bright polishes, go to the nail restore recipe. If not, skip on to the foot soak recipe.
Mix to form a paste, apply as a mask to each toenail. Let sit for a few minutes-then gently scrub with a nailbrush. Rinse, then trim toenails if needed.
Foot soaks are good for sore feet and to soften calluses. If there are any fungus problems with the feet or nails you can add tea tree oil, an anti-fungal to address those issues as well.
Put in a tub of warm water, soak feet for 10-15 minutes. Remove, pat dry and sprite feet with cool water mixed with any of the above essential oils if desired.
Now it's time to soften the feet even further. If you want to take a small detour at this point you can first use the pit of an avocado to massage the feet.
Margaritaville Foot Scrub:
Mix until slushy, massage into feet, ankles and calves, rinse, then moisturize.
Use a moisturizer custom scented with lime or bergamot essential oil, a vanilla or coconut moisturizer or a lavender/peppermint moisturizer. Don't forget to make yourself a margarita!
Heat stones by bringing water to a boil around them. Heat for 3-4 minutes. Use tongs to remove from hot water and place in the bottom of the foot bath. Wrap one fluffy towel around your basin. Drizzle scented oil over the stones. Sprinkle petals in the bottom of the basin. Add 1 inch of warm water.
Buff rough skin and file nails before the urge to plunge overtakes you. Gently apply cuticle smoother into your cuticles. Place feet on warm stones. Coat feet and legs with heavy cream while massaging the bottoms of your feet with stones.
Pour the warm water from the pitcher into the bowl and plunge feet. Push back and remove cuticle cream. Use smaller rocks to apply pressure to heals and balls of foot. Have a cup of tea, turn on the CD, and relax for a long time!
Dry feet with towel and clean toenails with a light astringent. Polish with base coat, color and top coat for a lasting memory of your hot rocks experience!
Mix ingredients together.
Soak feet in foot bath of warm water with a dash of foot soak; apply a handful of scrub to each foot. Massage lightly, paying close attention to heels, toes, top of feet, ankles and cuticles. Let it soak in for several minutes before rinsing. This scrub is also great on elbows, knees and hands. Sugar and olive oil have great moisturizing and rehydrating properties. Top off your gorgeous toes with a toe ring!