Trim and Shape
Remove your old nail polish with some cotton dipped in nail polish remover. Trim your nails. Make sure you cut straight across and don’t cut the corners too much as this can lead to painful ingrown nails. Use a nail file to give them the desired shape.
A good foot soak goes a long way in beating the stress after a long day. In a basin, fill warm water enough to cover up to your ankles and add: Epsom salt (1/2 cup). This is an emollient and will soothe inflammations, reduce roughness and reduce muscle pain. It also helps with exfoliation. However, you can use any other bath salts you may have on hand. Soak for a good 15-20 minutes and enjoy the relaxation. Dry.
Once you towel your feet, rub in some cuticle cream on the base of each toe nail and leave it on for a few minutes. In the meantime, use a good foot file or pumice stone to remove the dry and rough and dead skin cells. If this skin is not removed it will become hard and thick and will be infected or cracked. Be sure to scrub the heel and balls of the feet, sides of your heels and around your toes, basically anywhere there is rough, hard skin. Do not scrape too hard. Be firm but gentle.
If you do not have too much dry, rough skin just use a loofah for some gentle scrubbing. Next, wipe off the cuticle cream and push back cuticles gently with a cuticle pusher. Use an old toothbrush to scrub your toes and underneath the nails. Wipe your feet dry. Use a good foot scrub and gently massage your feet. Scrub your soles, paying special attention to your heels, in between your toes and the tops and sides of your feet. Scrub your ankles as well.
Almond oil and olive oil (1tsp each) with 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil makes a good homemade massage oil for feet.
Rub a generous portion into your feet and massage well, better still if you can get someone else to do the massage for you. Ask your hubby or a friend! Sit back and relax! Regular foot massages help keep nerve endings stimulated, improve blood circulation, nourish the skin and foot muscles.
If you have cracks, follow up with a cream formulated especially for that. You can also use Vaseline mixed with lime juice, wrap with plastic for 15 minutes. Wear loose cotton socks and tuck yourself in.
Choose a color and paint your beautified toe nails. It feels great to have perfectly pedicured feet. Voila!