One of the easiest parts of the body to forget about is your feet, so lets take a look at homemade pedicures…
Your feet are apart of your body, just like your fingers. And so your little piggies and feet need just as much tender love and care as other parts of your body, if not more so.
Your feet and consequently your toes, carry all of your body weight – it’s not surprising they get chapped and hardened – especially with the shoes women wear these days. But a lot of these things are totally irreversible with a few techniques and some homemade pedicures to keep them soft and smooth.
A man could benefit from these steps as well! Give yourself homemade pedicures! Nothing says beauty like beautifully kept toenails, and it’s not as hard as you may think!
People all over the world spend their hard earned money on professionally done pedicures, when it really isn’t necessary.
If you have the time and patience to perfect this little gem of a technique, then your set for life and up around $60 per treatment. But your going to need a few basics before you can give homemade pedicures;
You will need for homemade pedicures
- A prepared footbath
- Pumice Stone
- Nail scissors or clippers
- Emery board
- Cotton buds
- Sweet Almond Oil or Sunflower Oil
- Foot powder or lotion (see foot powder/lotion recipes below)
Once you’ve gathered these ingredients, your homemade pedicures are good to go.
- First, soak your feet in the footbath for around five to ten minutes. While your leaving them to soak, grab your pumice stone and get to work on those hard areas of skin you have on the bottom and sides of the feet and/or toes.
- Don’t rub your feet raw, just remove the dead and hardened skin.
- Then dry your feet well with your towel.
- Next, take your nail scissors or clippers. Always cut across and never down at the corners, which would cause ingrowing toenails (which isn’t good for you or pretty, at all). Make sure that you cut them flat and only very slightly rounded.
- Next, take your emery board and begin to smooth out your nails, working in one direction only. Once smoothed out, dip a cotton bud into the almond or sunflower oil, and begin to push back the cuticles of your toes. The cuticles are the layers of skin which cover the very base of both your finger and toenails.
- To finish your homemade pedicure, give yourself a nice foot massage and dust on some foot powder or smooth on some refreshing foot lotion.
Your toes and feet should now look immaculate, and stay that way if you repeat the process regularly or whenever your feet aren’t looking their best.
Homemade Foot Care – Powder and Foot Lotion Recipes
Now if you want to take your pedicures to the next level, or show off to your friends how committed you are to beauty; why not show everyone your very own, homemade foot powders and foot lotions?
These mint scented products will leave your feet feeling more refreshed and softer than ever before.
To make the homemade foot care powder, you will need;
- 125g (4 oz) unscented baby powder
- 4tbsp cornflour
- 2 tbsp boric acid
- 6 drops of Peppermint oil
- 6 drops of Tea Tree oil
- Pour the baby powder, cornflour and boric acid together in a plastic bag. Make sure the bag is strong, as not to break and make a mess.
- Next, rub your peppermint oil and tea tree oil into the powdery mix with your finger tips – and your done.
- Make sure to store the powder in the bag you mixed it in, and apply with just a small dusting puff or cotton wool ball.
To make the homemade foot care lotion, you will need;
- 50g (2 oz) Coconut Oil
- 30ml (1 fl oz) calendula oil
- 15g (1/2 oz) Beeswax
- 15g (1/2 oz) Cocoa Butter
- 8ml (1 1/2 tsp) Peppermint essential oil
- 2ml (1/2 tsp) Thyme essential oil
- 60ml (2 1/2 fl oz) Mineral water
- Dark or clear glass jars with lids
- Stainless steel saucepan
- Wooden spoon
- Pour the coconut and calendula oils together in a heavy bottomed stainless steel saucepan.
- Add the beeswax and cocoa butter in before your turn on the stove, then melt them together over a low heat.
- Once completely melted, beat in the mineral water using a wooden spoon.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir the mixture until the cream cools to around body temperature.
- At this point, stir in the essential oils, insuring they combine with all of the cream.
- Spoon the mixture into your jars and shake while the lotion is cooling. This will insure the oil and the water do not separate while the cream cools.
- Store your cream in clear or dark glass jars – however if using clear glass jars, we recommend storing them in a dark places to preserve the aroma of the essential oils.
- Keep dark jars out of direct sunlight anyway, just to insure protection.
Check out this homemade foot cream that helps to condition the feet.