With warm weather approaching, it’s finally sandal season once again. Your feet are no longer allowed to hide in shoes, in fact, they’re about to become the center of attention. But you don’t need to spend a bunch of cash on a fancy pedicure. Instead, why not give yourself a luxurious at home pedicure on the cheap? Here’s how:
5 Steps to a Luxurious At Home Pedicure
1. Soak your feet in Epsom salts.
Start off by soaking your feet in Epsom salts. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salts to a large bowl of warm water. Soak your feet for 5 minutes.
2. Exfoliate using a pumice stone.
Remove all the dead skin and callouses from feet using a gentle pumice stone. Exfoliate your feet by using the pumice stone in a circular motion. Depending on how often you have an at home pedicure, this could be a pretty involved and time consuming task.
4. Clip toenails.
Carefully clip your toenails into an oval shape. Use a buffer to even out any toenail snags. Additionally, buff the top of the toenail.
3. Apply a naturally soothing moisturizer.
After you’ve exfoliated dead skin, moisturize your feet. Choose a topical cream that’s soothing and relieves sore feet. Look for products with arnica, an herb that’s a natural pain reliever. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory that along with menthol, naturally soothes tired feet and relieves foot heel pain and heel spurs.
5. Apply polish.
Dry your feet and apply a clear coat of nail polish. Once it has dried, apply two layers of colored polish. Let dry and apply one more coat of clear polish. Put your feet up and relax until the toenail polish has completely dry. Wait about ten minutes (it may take longer than you would think) for your pretty feet to dry. Now you’re all set for summer.
Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.