For today, I will be sharing with you my tips for an at-home, homemade spa pedicure treatment!
I began giving myself at-home treatments four summers ago, when my local pedicure salon changed hands, and the new rates for summer pedicures skyrocketed to sixty dollars a month! To me, that was ridiculous! I simply put my foot down and refused to pay such absorbent rates, pun intended! With that said, I can give myself a pedicure for under 2.00 a week! Here’s how:
Step 1: Remove old polish
The first step in a home pedicure is to remove any old polish from your toes. Use nail polish remover to remove any remnants of old polish. If your old polish has stained your toe nails, hydrogen peroxide left on for five minutes will remove all stains!
Step 2: Trim toenails
Use a toenail clipper to cut your nails straight across. Your toenails should not be longer than the end of your toe, to avoid ingrown toenails. After clipping, file straight across your nails, in only one direction, to avoid anu damage and weakening to your nails.
Step 3: Soak feet
Once you have trimmed your toe nails, prepare a foot bath for your home pedicure. This step is vital, as the bath is the true callus-buster! Here’s my homemade foot bath recipe:
1 Cup Buttermilk, warmed
½ Cup Sugar
7 Cups Hot water
1/4 cup, 2 ounces, epson salts
6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Once you’ve made this recipe, place the mixture in a tub, foot bath, bucket, or the like and then place two handful of marbles in the tub. Soak your feet in the tub, making sure to roll the feet across the marbles to both massage and loosen the calluses. Soak for 20 minutes, then remove your feet and pat dry.
Step 4: Cuticle Care
After your foot bath, you need to attend to the cuticles around your toes. Using an orange stick dipped in olive oil, push your cuticles back, and remove any excess skin as needed.
Step 5: Scrub Feet
Next give yourself a refreshing spa foot scrub, using my homemade recipe below:
1/2 Cup Table Salt
2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 Tablespoons Liquid soap
4 Drops Eucalyptus Oil
Mix the recipe together, and massage well into your feet using a pumice stone; I bought my stone at the Dollar Tree. Rinse well, and pat dry.
Step 6: Foot Mask
Next you will make a foot mask, using my recipe below.
1 Ripe Avocado
¼ Cup Honey
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Mash ingredients together, apply to dry feet and wrap in a ziplock bag. Relax for 20 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.
Step 7: Paint toenails
Use nail polish remover to wipe toenails and remove any excess oils that may remain from your treatments. Nail polish does not adhere to oily nails. Packing peanuts work great as toe separators. Apply a base coat, allow to fully dry, and then apply two top coats.
Step 8: Moisturize
Mix together your own moisturizer, which can be stored for pedicure use; mix 1/2 cup coconut oil and 2 drops eucalyptus oil to make a homemade lotion. Rub lotion into your feet and enjoy!