Yay! it is spring again! Time to get those fluorescent white hairy flaky dry skinned bodies out on display and those Urgghh unkempt feet!
Although the air is still cool for some of us in the not so temperate climates, for everyone else, the clothing layers are slowly coming off.
This is a great time to Spring clean our skins, and get those feet looking socially acceptable again!
If your budget allows – have a deep exfoliation deluxe pedicure and let a beauty therapist deal with the neglect ……..not that she will like you much for it…… or on a tight or no budget, do your feet yourself.
Or on a tight or no budget, time to do your feet yourself!
If you are wearing nail polish, remove that first.
Then soak your feet in a large bowl, (or your bath) of warm water, add bubble bath or mineral salts or magnesium salts – the latter being the best as it not only relaxes you, but detoxes your body as well.
If you do not have time to sit and soak, do your pedicure after a warm shower. It is the easiest and most time friendly option – personally, I find it works just as well and cuts down on down time (excuse the pun).
Once the skin on your feet is soft and warm, scrub your heals, balls of the feet and any other calloused area with a Pedi paddle or pumice stone or any other foot buffer. If in the shower, you can do this when you are still in there.
Once all of the hard, coarse areas are tackled, scrub your feet with a foot scrub. I personally find many foot scrubs are just not ‘scrubby’ enough. I love USPA’s Invigorating Foot Scrub because it smells so divine and really leaves your feet tingling and feeling very smooth.
If you do not have a quality foot scrub at home already, you can make this one yourself.
Mix 1 tablespoon of salt granules with 1 tablespoon bi carbonate of soda, a few drops of essential oil such as Peppermint for a refreshing and stimulating scent if you feel like, and 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil. Just remember the oil will, and can make you slip.
Once your feet are dry, to save time, massage a cuticle remover cream into your cuticles before you cut and file your toenails.
By the time you have finished cutting and filing, your cuticle remover should have done its job. Push back your cuticles and gently trim any daggy bits of cuticle left over.
Rinse your feet well and buff your toenails with a 3 step buffer, starting with the black and finishing with the high shine, buffing the filed part of your toenails smooth as well so there are no sharp edges.
Massage your foot cream into your feet and cuticles. I personally love L ’Occitane ‘s foot cream as it is rich and really repairs the feet, but doesn’t leave your feet slippery.
Wipe your toenails down with nail polish remover, avoiding wiping your cuticles before applying your clear base coat, two colour coats and then a clear top coat.
To get an even coverage on your nails without painting your skin, make sure you do not apply too much polish onto your brush – and do not rush this job. If short on time, your groomed buffed toenails will look a lot more attractive than badly painted nails.
If you still struggle to get that perfect finish, apply olive oil all around your toenails on the cuticle and skin when you finish painting – gently so you do not mess up the paint colour. Once your nails are dry, with a cotton tip you can gently rub off the nail polish you have painted all over your skin and cuticles – great trick isn’t it!?
At a good guess, your hands are most probably as dry as are your feet – so repeat the treatment above minus the foot buffer, and use a hand scrub such as Jurlique’s Exfoliating hand treatment which protects, exfoliates and deep cleanses at the same time.
Or, you make your own deep exfoliating AHA hand exfoliant.
Pour approximately a teaspoon full of Apple Cider Vinegar into the palm of one hand. Massage vinegar into your skin especially the nails and cuticles until it is completely massaged in. Apple cider vinegar has the ph of approximate 2.5 to 3. It is also a Alpha Hydroxy Acid. What this means is, that it exfoliates the skin more efficiently than a manual scrub alone will.
You can also apply and massage in the Apple Cider Vinegar into your feet, but make sure like your hands that your skin is dry before applying it.
Once the vinegar is massaged in, massage a manual scrub made up of 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon coconut oil mixed together with a drop of lavender essential oil for a soothing calming scent, into your skin.
The longer you leave the apple cider vinegar on the skin, the more effective the treatment, and by adding the scrub over the top, you are increasing the results!
Now your feet and hands are looking great! Maybe next step will have to be the rest of your dry flakey somewhat hairy body!