Feet become rough, dull and unhealthy with the daily wear and tear. Dirt, dry air, improper shoes and many other things affect the health and appearance of feet. Healthy feet are conventionally known to be the symbol of a well-groomed person.
Feet require their share of daily and weekly attention. A pedicure at a salon, however, is costly and time-consuming. So for all those who want to keep their feet healthy, here are some simpler inexpensive methods with which you can give yourself a pedicure at home! You can even make yourself a homemade pedicure kit that is just as effective.
Pedicure At Home For Women
What you will need:
A tub of hot water, a bath soak (if available) or use an alternative foot soak made up by water and milk in 5:1 ratio, a pumice stone, a cuticle softener/olive oil, a cuticle pusher, a foot scrub (if available) or use any face scrub you have, a foot cream (if available) or a heavy body cream, nail polish and old toothbrush/nail scrubber.
- Arrange the tub/container full of warm water where you will do the soaking. Choose a comfortable space so that you may relax while your feet soak up the hot water.
- Clean your nails of any leftover polish and wash them in cold water. Add the feet soak into the water and create bubbles with gentle stirring. If you don’t have a foot soak or milk at hand, any regular body wash should do;or use a sachet of shampoo if you don’t have any of those at hand.
- Place your feet in the tub with at least the ankles staying submerged in water. Now just sit back and enjoy the foot soak. Try to do this when you have at least 40-45 minutes at hand so that you can relax. Read a good book or catch up with some TV shows, anything that you like and would relax you is a great option. After the water temperature has become somewhat as the room temperature, call it the end of foot soak.
Foot soaks can be made at home or bought from the market. Here’re some nice ones you could try:
The Body Shop has a peppermint flavored foot soak which is good; also Freeman’s Bare Foot Soak comes in different variants.Vedic Line has a great foot soak and so does Scholl. I have used Scholl’s Foot Soak which looks like a blue gel and forms bubbles easily. Personally, I found it soothing and relaxing to the feet.
Place the feet on a towel or use a towel to gently pat the feet dry. Apply some cuticle softener to each nail at the root. If you do not have any cuticle softener, use a drop of olive oil on each nail. It will soften the cuticles allowing them to be pushed back or cut as per our choice.
DIY cuticle softener:
Cuticle softener can be made at home and stored for future use.
What you will need?
3 tablespoon of olive oil (you may also use jojoba oil or almond oil), 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or cocoa butter, 1 tablespoon glycerin, essential oil (any variant you like- eucalyptus, lavender, rose, etc.)
- Heat the olive oil in a bowl in the oven or with a double boiler. If you do not have a double boiler, place a large saucepan on the gas, fill it up to half with water and place a small steel cup in it. Place the olive oil in the cup. This will act the same as a double boiler.
- Add the coconut oil/cocoa butter when the olive oil starts to get warm. Add the glycerin to it and mix the oils carefully.
- Remove the mixture from heat and add a few drops of essential oil into the mixture, and your cuticle softener is ready.
Use the needed amount and store the store the rest suitably in a cool place.
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