Take a moment to think about how much stress we put on our feet. They carry all of our body weight, every day. They endure enormous stress from re-forming every time we select a new variety of shoe... our feet go through a lot. So, it is our responsibility to not only put an attractive foot forward, but to nourish and relieve them of undue stress and discomfort.
For a more rewarding at-home pedicure, try adding a few fun, extra tricks for a more pampering experience.
- Epsom and sea salts have been reducing inflammation for centuries. Add the recommended amount to warm water and soak your feet for ten minutes before trimming nails, pumicing feet, and cutting cuticles.
- Milk: Lactic acid from milk softens calloused skin for easier removal. Add 1/2 cup and soak for five minutes prior to pumicing your feet.
- Aromatherapy and essential oils are great in any bath - foot or otherwise.
Hot Stones: Boil for three minutes, then let cool slightly in water. Place them under the soles of your feet and relax for ten minutes to reap the benefits of heating your pressure points. These stones can be purchased online, or at some beauty supply stores. Don't have hot stones? Place a tennis or racquetball beneath the arch of your foot and roll around gently for a great pressure point massage.
Nourishing Cream: Massage into feet and calves thoroughly and let dry fully before painting toe nails. Use straight acetone to remove cream from nails prior to polishing for maximum polish adhesion.