Saturday, 22 March 2014
Easy at-home pedicure for hibernating feet
This morning I woke up to more snow! Seriously? Just when I thought it was safe to bring my feet out of hibernation for a lovely spring pedicure...more snow.
It's almost like my feet thought they were Wiarton Willy - the famous ground hog who sees his shadow and crawls back into his hole for 6 more weeks of winter.
I'm not going to lie...over the winter months I neglect my feet. It's the part of my regular beauty regimen that hibernates over the winter months. I have no excuse for it except that I simply can't be bothered to beautify me feet when I know the only people who will see them over the winter months is my family.
This morning I gave myself a mini pedicure, to get my feet ready for spring and summer. Here are my tips for and easy at home mini-pedicure to get your feet out of hibernation:
1. Set the mood
Going to a spa to get a pedicure isn't just about your feet, it's also about the relaxing environment. I like to give myself a pedicure in the tub. I sit on the edge with my feet inside and create a relaxing area by lighting a few candles. If it's after 5:00 pm, I usually pour myself a glass of wine too.
Next I fill the tub with enough warm water (Not Hot water) to reach my ankles, and add a dash of soaping product. Soaking can soften calloused areas, but be careful not to make the water too hot, as it can suck the moisture out of your feet. While I soak one, I work on the other, taking off old nail polish using cotton balls and nail polish remover.
To smooth out the roughness, I use Rodan + Fields Enhancements Micro-Dermabrasion Paste. It's an oil-free formula designed to promote maximum gentle exfoliation. It enhances cell turnover and improves skin texture. It's great at smoothing away rough spots
4. Trim, clean nails
I always give my tools a quick wipe with rubbing alcohol before I start. Dry your foot then trim the nails straight across with nail clippers to lessen the chance of painful ingrown toenails. Toenails should be kept short.
Once you've trimmed and smoothed add a little extra moisture. Try a product with shea butter, coconut milk and vitamin E to help soften and smooth the skin. Give yourself a mini massage, working the lotion between toes, around the ankle and up the calf.
Now you're ready for polish. Be bold with toe colour - here's your chance to add some trendy zip to your wardrobe.
Et Voila...now you're ready to bring your feet out of hibernation!!