Feet are extremely important yet excessively neglected part of our body. We seem to take utmost care of our facial and body skin but often forget to take care of our feet. This is an important cause behind some common problems like dry feet, cracked heals and smelly feet. To cater to these problems we should do some kind of foot pampering routine once in a while. Some of us put our trust in salon pedicures where professionals give relaxing pedicures according to the clients’ needs. On the other hand, some prefer to do it at home on their own. I fall into the second category because I want to maintain a hundred metre distance from salons when it comes to pedicures or manicures (once a salon lady seriously damaged a finger nail with a steel cuticle pusher☹). Anyways, today I will be sharing my two favourite DIY Pedicure combos. One of them is an aromatherapy pedicure and the other is a cocoa and coffee based one. Please bear with me to know more about them.
This citrusy pedicure has certain qualities for which you would like to include it in your summer special foot pampering routine. This is an aromatherapy based pedicure that works wonders on smelly foot problem. It also provides instant freshness and relief to your tired feet.
I. Lemon Foot Soak: Take half bucket lukewarm water. Add 5 tablespoon table salt and 3 tablespoon lemon flavoured liquid soap or 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil into the water. You can also add a few freshly cut lemon slices. Dip your feet in it and soak for 20 minutes.
II. Orange Foot Scrub: To make this scrub you have to use 3-4 tablespoon vegetable oil or grape seed oil as a base. In the base add 1 teaspoon full orange or lemon peel, 2-3 drops orange essential oil and 3 tablespoon Epsom or kosher salt (I use table salt as my foot skin is rough) and mix well. Exfoliate with this scrub for 5-7 minutes concentrating on the coarse areas of your feet.
III. Orange-Lemon Foot Moisturizer: Make a paste from 1 tablespoon orange peel and 1 tablespoon lemon peel (if orange peel is not available replace it with another tablespoon of lemon peel). Mix 2 tablespoon olive oil and 1-2 drops of either lemon or orange essential oil with this paste and start massaging. Concentrate upon pressure points while massaging.
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This is a winter special pedicure for me because when the two words ‘cocoa’ and ‘coffee’ are pronounced together, hot chocolate is the word that instantly comes to my mind (it’s a ‘kaisy jeev laplapayi’ syndrome you know☺ ☺). This pedicure imparts hydration and rejuvenation to dry feet.
I. Cocoa-Coffee-Milk Foot Soak: Pour 200ml lukewarm full-fat milk into 4 litres of lukewarm water. Add 3 tablespoon cocoa powder and 2 tablespoon instant coffee powder to this mixture and stir well. Finally add 4 tablespoon liquid soap and your foot soak will be ready. You can add 2-3 tablespoon vegetable oil if you have extremely dry and rough feet.
II. Coffee Foot Scrub: This scrub is very easy to make as it requires only two ingredients; 3 tablespoon vegetable oil or any non-fragrant oil and 2 teaspoon coarsely ground coffee (Instant coffee of any brand will do). Scrub your feet for 5-7 minutes with this defoliator and keep for another 2 minutes for extra soft feet.
III. Cocoa-Honey Moisturizer: Warm up 3 teaspoons of butter and add 2 teaspoons of honey to it. Mix them well. Now add 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder to it and start beating the mixture. When the mixture turns thick and creamy massage your feet with it for 10 minutes. Soak a towel in warm water and squeeze out the excess water. Wrap your feet with it for 10 more minutes.
These were a few DIY foot soak, foot scrub and foot moisturizer ideas. These are very easy to make and the ingredients are easily available. You can alter the essential oils and other ingredients as per your personal choice and you will also be able to find your favourite DIY pedicure in this way.
Guest post by Sreeparna G.