Saturday, 14 July 2012

How to give yourself a DIY Pedicure

Feet, some people hate them others don't mind but truth be told it's a topic of conversation most people would avoid greatly. I'm cool with it but I also know that feet for some people are a part of the body that tends to get neglected.

First up I don't neglect my feet, firstly because I am a high heel wearer which means my feet need extra TLC and secondly because it's such a quick and easy job to take care of them whilst also being a relaxing and calming experience!

I sometimes have a professional pedicure especially before going away on holiday or after coming back or for special occasions, but once every two weeks I give myself a pedicure at home.

Read on so you can give yourself a relaxing pedicure at home!

For your at home DIY pedicure you need the following: 
  • Scholl Deluxe Aromatherapy Foot Spa/or Bath Tub
    • I bought this Foot Spa a couple of years ago, they are very reasonably priced and I got mine in the sale for £25.99 down from £74.99, it's the deluxe version with 4 aqua jets, aromatherapy oil dispenser, bubble track, smart heat technology, massage bubbles and heat, accunode textured basin, motorised pedi centre with 3 attachments - pumice, accunode and massage. But  you can use your bath tub also.
  • Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate/Any relaxing aromatherapy oil 
    • Use a oil to help relax yourself and soften your feet before scrubbing and exfoliating. I like the Clarins one as it's really moisturising as well it releases the soothing, aromatic virtus of Basil, Camomile and Petit Grain. Relaxes tired muscles after a stressful day with a calming blend of St. John’s Wort, Linden and Valerian extracts. The lightweight lather is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin.
  • Scholl Corn and Callus File
    • This file instantly removes the toughest callus and hard skin. If you wear heels you may notice this on the balls of your feet. The coarse under side (1 dot on the file head) safely removes even the toughest build up of callus and hard skin, whilst the finer upper side (2 dots on the file head) smoothes away any remaining roughness.
  • Scholl Cracked Heel Profile/Foot File
    • This profile is suitable for mild, moderate and severe cases of cracked heels. Scholl experts have designed this uniquely shaped file to match the difficult to reach curved contours of the heel and to have an extendable handle to make filing easier.
  • Kiko Cuticle Trimmer
    • Cuticle cutters are sharp instruments that cut smoothly removing dead skin. If you don't feel comfortable using one of these you can skip it. It is not necessary. If you are diabetic please please do not use one of these consult your doctor first.
  • Scholl Rough Skin Remover
    • This remover is an exfoliator for the feet, specially created to care for the unique characteristics of the skin on the foot. It contains a specialised combination of fruit AHAs and natural pumice to effectively remove rough, hard skin, leaving feet soft and smooth. But you can use any foot exfoliator.
  • Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream
    • This cream is one of my favourite ones for tired feet. It helps relieve my feet after a long day and for swelling and fatigue with Arnica extract. It smoothes away roughness with Virgin Cashew Nut Oil and Shea Butter. My feet always feel refreshed and recovered and my toe nails remain healthy and beautiful. But you can use any foot cream you like.

What to do next:
  • Fill your spa/bath tub with hot water (a warm temperature you are comfortable with), add a few drops of aromatherapy oil and soak your feet in the warm water for about 10 minutes. (If you have a spa tub use the massage and accunode attachment, pumice on the heels).
  • Remove one foot at a time from the tub and pat dry with a towel, use the Corn and Callus file on side one on the balls of your feet and heels,this will slough off rough skin, smooth over with the side two so feet become soft. Use anywhere else on the feet which needs file treatment.
  • Next use the Profile foot file over the heels of your feet and keep filing till feet feel even smoother than before and you are happy with your heels.
  • Soak feet back in the tub for a few minutes and then use a cuticle trimmer and nail clipper if you want to or need to.
  • Remove feet from tub again and use a foot scrub/exfoliator to scrub away any roughness and gently exfoliate your feet, concentrate on extra dry areas of your feel like balls, sole and heels, don't forget to scrub between your toes!
  • Soak feet back in tub, rinse off debris and remove from tub, pat dry with towel.
  • Lather feet up with a thick layer of rich and moisturising foot cream of your choice and massage in. (Wear a pair of warm socks if you won't be using polish to let the cream sink in).
  • Finish off with a beautiful nail polish on your toes.

And your done! No one likes crusty feet! So lets make them beautiful! Sometimes I like to light some candles to create a spa experience, with a glass of lemon water to drink and grab a magazine whilst soaking my feet in the tub. Does anyone else like giving themselves a home pedicure? Will you be trying this?

Love Pedicures!

Dyno x

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