Is it really necessary to have a professional pedicure?
Tiptoe, through the tulips!
If a lifetime of neglect or maybe just the Winter has taken its toll on your feet it’s time to do something now! The good news is that it doesn’t take much fancy footwork to get your feet in tip-top shape for those lovely summer sandals.
Here’s my DIY pedicure, so easy…
Remove any existing nail polish with suitable remover.
Soak feet for 5-10 minutes in a foot spa or even a bowl of warm water will do the job. The secret is to add 3 drops of peppermint oil if you want to revive your feet OR 3 drops of lavender oil if you want to soothe your feet. For the ultimate luxury, add a squeeze of pre-blended foot bath (a bubble bath for your feet).
- Dry feet thoroughly with a towel – Don’t forget between your toes.
- Use a foot file on those heels to buff away any dead skin OR massage in foot scrub and file: what a difference! Don’t forget to wash this off thoroughly.
- Trim nails straight across but not too short.
- File nails using long, smooth filing strokes so that they are slightly rounded.
- Very gently push back cuticles with a hoof stick and massage in a small amount of cuticle cream.
- Massage your feet with a rich foot cream or lotion.
- Before applying your nail varnish make sure you have wiped off any excess moisturiser from your nails with a polish remover otherwise the polish won’t adhere properly.
- Apply a base coat and 2 coats of your favourite polish allowing drying time between each coat. Finish with a quick drying top coat.
Now where is that sunshine?
If you have swollen feet at the end of the day, try adding a handful of Epsom Salts to a bowl of warm water and fill a second bowl of cold water. Soak your feet alternately in each bowl for a couple of minutes OR use pre-blended footbath suitable for purpose.
Don’t wear high heels for more than two or three hours daily. Vary heel heights and changing shoes halfway through the day will ease the pressure.
Going barefoot at home is blissful. Our feet breathe better, less likely to get callouses and outside germs tracked into the house stay by the door making for a healthier home.
NB: According to the Chinese, cleansing the feet every night before bedtime is as important as washing your face. During the day , toxins are excreted through the feet which can be absorbed at night.
You may like to check out these wonderful foot products in the MELLOW range on my website – click here to visit
- Footbath: variations available for swollen, tired or heavy feet.
- Foot Gel: Cools and refreshes!
- Foot Cream: Rich and moisturising. Ideal for hard skin and cracked heels.