It’s that time of year again–time to show off your tootsies. Spring and summer are sandal season, which means that your feet likely need a makeover. If you spent the winter hiding your feet in warm boots, we’re here to help. Not sure how to give your feet a makeover? Here are some easy tips for the perfect home pedicure.
1. Clean up your feet.
Start off by removing old, chipped toe nail polish. Revive discolored toe nails by rubbing them with a lemon wedge for one minute. Lemon has an oxidizing agent which helps to brighten your nails. You can also prepare a clean basin of warm water to soak tired feet. This is especially helpful for women who wear high heels on a regular basis. Add 1 tablespoon of baby oil to warm water to be used as a softening agent. Adding a few drops of tea tree oil acts as an antiseptic to clean your feet and treat any fungal infections naturally.
2. Trim your toe nails.
Clip your toe nails straight across and trim the corners at a 45 degree angle. It’s easier to trim your toe nails after a good, warm foot soak. Use a scrub brush to get underneath nails and then gently buff the nails to prepare for new polish.
3. Exfoliate your feet.
Use a pumice stone to gently exfoliate your feet. Using a pumice stone in the shower each day is a great way to keep your feet fresh and vibrant.
4. Moisturize your feet.
Use a foot moisturizer to help restore comfort to dry, cracked feet, while easing foot heel pain. Ease back heel pain using topical creams with natural ingredients like menthol, which cools and soothes the feet. Ginger works to reduce the inflammation of sore feet and heels. Rather than just slapping lotion on your feet, give the feet a relaxing foot and calf massage.
5. Paint your toe nails.
Consider toe nail polish. Choose gorgeous, bright colors just in time for spring. Paint the toes with two coats of polish and then one clear coat to protect the color.
Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.