By Argha Kashyap
With all the tension building up in your feet from work, at home or at office, taking out some time for their relaxation is indeed mandatory. Do your own pedicure at home without losing much time and money.
You need a tub of warm water, a pumice stone, nail polish remover and cotton pads (if you have using nail polish), cuticle cream, a clean towel, moisturizer, bath salt, shampoo, a good foot scrub, nail clippers, cuticle pushers, and nail file.
In case you don’t have a cuticle cream, you can prepare one at home. Heat a little olive oil in the microwave. Add coconut oil and glycerine. Allow it to cool and store it in a bottle until it’s ready for use.
For the scrub, mix oatmeal and brown sugar together. Add lemon juice and honey to the mixture with a teaspoon olive oil, and it’s ready to use.
You May Now Begin
- Remove old nail paint using nail paint remover with cotton pads.
- Clip and clean your nails to the desired shape and smoothen the edges with a nail filer. Don’t cut too deep.
- Next, soak your feet. Add a few drops of shampoo and a few crystals of rock salt to the tub of warm water to the level of your ankles. Mixing half a cup of Epsom salt to the water will soften and soothe inflammations. Add the juice of an entire lemon to the water to clean the skin.
- Sit comfortably for 15 minutes. Then dry your feet, and scrub your toes, heels and soles with your homemade scrub to exfoliate. Rinse.
- Once dry, massage cuticle cream to the base of the toe nails and scrub your skin using a pumice stone. This reduces roughness.
- Wipe the cuticle cream and push cuticles inside with your cuticle pusher; this allows the cuticle cream to penetrate further.
- Moisturize your feet. You can use a mixture of olive and almond oil with glycerine.
- Finally, apply your favourite shade to your nails, or go au naturel.
Photo credit: Pixabay. First published in eShe September 2017 issue.