Spa at Home – Pedicure
Summer is supposedly here. I’ve been outside enjoying the sunshine on the day I’m writing this but days like these have been few and far between. I can definitely count on one hand the days I’ve worn sandals this year. Nevertheless, I’ve still worn them and that means that I’ve had to prep my feet for their public airing. No dead skin, callouses or roughness on these tootsies. Some people don’t give much thought to feet during the winter months when they’re constantly under wraps in tights, woolly socks and boots. I look after mine throughout the year so that when summer does finally hit my feet are ready for show. This has been made so much easier thanks to Emjoi’s Micropedi! More on this tool of wonderment in a moment.
The strangest foot compliment I’ve ever had was that my toes “look like liquorice allsorts- the long round squishy ones!” I suppose it’s kind of true! Here’s a roundup of products that you can use to create your own spa at home pedicure treatment.
It’s lovely to treat your feet to a refreshing foot soak, I have hot ones in the winter and cooling ones in the summer. My product of choice for the foot soak is Dr Bronner’s Peppermint Magic Liquid Soap. Peppermint is invigorating and stimulating, it gets the blood flowing to the area and it’s also a refreshing and uplifting scent. If you don’t care for peppermint, there are a load more flavours to choose from Dr Bronner. To use, I simply add a few drops to my foot spa but if you don’t have one of these you can use a bowl of water. I also add magnesium flakes to this as the pores on your feet are quite large and absorb magnesium effectively.
Bodhi Rosemary Chi Detox Himalayan Salt Scrub is one product I am loving at the moment. I’m using it 2-3 times a week on my body but it also makes a superb foot scrub. The blend of essential oils is wonderful, created by my incredibly talented friend Elijah Choo. You can read more about this product here. After I’ve scrubbed my feet with this I return them to the foot spa for a few more minutes to clean the granules away.
The Emjoi Micropedi is an amazing tool! It’s so easy and so effective- pain-free removal of dry, dead and hard skin. Battery-operated, the device has a head that rotates 30 times a second with an exfoliating micro-mineral surface, a bit like sandpaper but gentler. Quick and easy to use, this product is a godsend!
I love massages and our poor tootsies deserve more pampering, they are our main method of transport after all. Tulecos Peppermint Organic Tonifying Oil is a beautiful new discovery-I received this in the press pack from the Natural Products show this year. The scent is not purely peppermint, it’s a lovely blend of peppermint, tea tree, orange and lavender. I don’t usually like the smell of tea tree but here it is well balanced and complemented by the freshness of peppermint, the zingy citrus and calming lavender. I use this product to give my feet a loving massage, they thank me for it!
I can’t get enough of Neal’s Yard Remedies Geranium & Orange Body Balm at the moment, I’m slathering it all over my body after my shower. It’s a rich butter made with skin-nourishing olive fruit oil, shea butter, beeswax and pumpkin seed oil. The fragrance blend of geranium and orange is a longtime firm favourite of mine, I love combining these in an oil burner for a fresh and uplifting environment. This product is great for dull and dry skin and leaves skin soft with a gorgeous dewiness and a beautiful glowing shimmer.
Sometimes, instead of the Body Balm, I will use Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm. I apply a thick layer to my feet then pop them into some cotton socks and then leave overnight. It contains antibacterial and anti fungal ingredients of tea tree and totara along with skin healing Vinanza grape extract and Manuka honey. When I take my socks off in the morning my feet feel fresh and look smooth and soft.
It wouldn’t be a pedicure without a spot of nail polish would it?! Personally, I feel my feet look unfinished without this touch, although I do take a break from wearing polish now and then to keep the nails healthy. I’m currently wearing Zoya Nail Polish in Hope, a lovely mid-purple colour. This is the first colour I’ve tried from Zoya, who won Best nail polish in Biteable Beauty’s Best Of 2012-13 due to its long-lasting stay put formula.