I just gave myself an at-home pedicure following these super easy steps. You don't need to go spend a fortune on products, and chances are that you already have everything that you need to do it at home.
Here are the five easy steps that I followed:
1) Soak your feet in warm water infused with a moisturizing bath gel, bath oil or bath salts. I let my feet soak for about 10 minutes. Rinse feet thoroughly.
2) Lightly towel dry your clean feet so that they remain warm and damp, and use a pumice stone, foot file or a body scrub to easily and very gently remove dead and calloused skin. You want to be very careful not to get over-zealous because your skin will be very soft and easy to exfoliate. In other words, use very light pressure. Rinse feet with warm water.
3) Immediately follow up by applying a nice rich lotion to your feet. If you do this at night, then add a bit extra lotion or cream, put on some socks and your feet will look infinitely better when you wake up the following morning. I often use a body oil first, and then follow up with a very rich cream for even greater results.
4) The following morning be sure to moisturize your feet with a lighter lotion or cream before setting about your day.
5) Once you have painted your toes your favorite shade for the summer, don't leave the house without remembering to cover your feet with a high SPF sunscreen. People often neglect to apply sunscreen to their feet, and it is imperative to protect them since they receive excessive exposure to the sun. I like to use an SPF 30-40, and as is the case with all sunscreens reapplication every 1 1/2-2 hours is important to keep your skin protected.
If you have dry and flaky skin that won't abate– you may actually have athletes foot, and when in doubt let your doctor or pharmacist make that determination. Exfoliating a fungus will just make it spread- so make sure that you know what you are dealing with and treat it accordingly.
Try not to go barefoot outside too often (I wish that I could follow my own advice here)- wear flip-flops or sandals instead. There is nothing that will callous your feet faster than walking around on concrete. If you are a gym-goer- then keep flip-flops in your locker to avoid picking up all sorts of germs and athletes foot.
All views expressed are categorically my own.
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