Well-groomed feet contribute greatly to our overall beauty. It is also an indicator as to how well you look after yourself. They carry our body weight all through the day and they do deserve to be indulged time and again. Point being, foot care shouldn’t take a back seat when it comes to grooming and beauty treatments.
- Nail Clippers, cotton pads, nail polish remover, cuticle Cream , cuticle pusher, emery board or nail file
- Basin for soaking and towels for drying your feet. (Foot wash ingredients are listed below)
- Foot file, pumice stone or a loofah
- A good foot scrub
- Foot moisturizer
1. Trimming and Shaping
Remove your old nail polish with some cotton dipped in nail polish remover. Trim your nails. Make sure you cut straight across and don’t cut the corners too much as this can lead to painful ingrown nails. Use an emery board or nail file to give them the desired shape. Some people may prefer to cut nails after soaking as they will be softer and easy to shape.
2. Foot Soak
In a basin fill warm water enough to cover up to your ankles and add:
- Epsom salt ½ cup. This is an emollient and will soothe inflammations, reduce roughness and reduce muscle pain. Also helps with exfoliation.
- Juice of 1 lemon
- A few drops of a Foot Wash of your choice. You can substitute this with liquid hand wash or shampoo if you like.
- Essential oils of your choice. (10-12 drops). I use lavender and eucalyptus. Lavender soothes and rejuvenates the skin and helps calm the nerves while eucalyptus provides excellent relief to aching feet. It is also a very good antiseptic and disinfectant.
- Add a few smooth pebbles to the water. These will provide a gentle massage as you place your feet on them.
- Sit in a comfortable position, soak your feet and relax for 15-20 minutes. Dry them with a towel.