By Jean Baez
Your feet are the most precious and amazing instruments you posses. Unfortunately, they can also become the most neglected parts of your body. But you are an athlete, dancer, and performer — your feet need serious love and constant attention. Massages and pampering are vital to the overall health of your feet and aid in adding comfort during performances. The best solution to begin the process of healing and soothing is to get a pedicure. You’ll feel the stress, pain, and aches rinse away while the invigorating smells soothe your senses.
But sometimes, you don’t have the time or the money to splurge on a professional pedicure. Which is why we’ve come up with a simple list of steps that will allow you to baby your toes right at home.
Soften skin by soaking feet into a big bowl of warm water.
Add a handful of Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, Therapeutic Soaking Aid Soothing Mint & Rosemary to help soothe tired feet. Let soak for 5-10 mins, longer if you need extra softening and relaxation.
Gently rub in circular motions, massage a scoop or handful of an oil-based scrub onto the top, bottom of heels, sides of your feet, and ball of foot. This will moisturize while exfoliating dry, dead skin.
Wipe off any oil left on the nails from the foot scrub with polish remover.
Remove moisture by gently patting feet dry.
Renew feet by using a Foot Rasp or Foot Smoother to remove tough dead skin around the bottom, tops of heels, and ball of foot.
File nails carefully. Or use a straight edge nail clipper to even out shape. Important: Do not clip nails straight across, this can cause injury. Instead clip each side of nail, then in the middle.
Buff using a buffing block on gritty sides to soften skin at the tips of your toes. Then use the smooth side of buffer to shine each nail surface. This will help remove yellow stains and brighten nail.
Moisturize using a thick rich foot cream. Massage cream well on backs of the heels and around the cuticles. These areas tend to dry out the more quickly and may give the appearance of unkempt footsies.
Professional Tip: To make sure polish sticks for a week use a Q-tip dipped in Polish remover to wipe away cream on surface of nails.
If you need to make a quick dash out the door apply a quick-drying topcoat to make nails look shiny. If you’re pampering yourself, spend a little more time applying a base coat, two coats of your favorite nail color, and a topcoat to seal the deal. Allow at least 10-15 minutes for nails to dry before you slip on sandals.
Professional Tip: Apply quick dry drops to speed up nail drying.
Massage and hydrate those tootsies throughout the week to help maintain an overall healthy fitness.
Check out these products and tools to get you started.
Diamancel Diamond File For Foot Calluses #20 $38.00 /
KISS PROFESSIONAL PEDICURE KITPROFESSIONAL QUALITY PEDICURE TOOLS $11.99 /
Earth Therapeutics Foot Doctor Pedicure Kit $24.00 / LATHER Eucalyptus Foaming Foot Scrub with Pumice $19.25 /
Dr. Teal’s Soothing Foot Cream with Menthol Revitalize & RefreshCooling Peppermint $5.99 /
Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, Therapeutic Soaking Aid Soothing Mint & Rosemary $6.99 / Burt’s Bees
Coconut Foot Cream $9.00 / OPI Nicole by OPI Drying Drops for Nail Lacquer, Drying Drops 0.5 fl oz (15 ml) $6.99
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