Your feet bear the brunt of your daily activities. In fact, you never realize how tired your feet are until you lie down in bed at night.
Tired feet can cause many problems. Your body posture is affected if you have aching feet. Also, if your feet begin to crack, there is a higher chance of bacterial and fungal infections such as ringworm developing in them. Point is that your feet need cleaning and pampering. If you have been putting off the luxurious salon pedicure, then here are some great ways to enjoy a foot spa treatment right at home. These easy to follow, cost effective tips make your feet soft and relaxed.The four important foot spa regimes include: cleaning, exfoliating, massaging and polish.
Soak your feet in a tub of comfortably hot water. Add a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. It will extract the hidden dirt from little cracks in the skin. Also add shampoo in the water and rev up the lather. Let your feet soak for twenty minutes. Remove when the water temperature comes down to warm. Clean your feet thoroughly using a soft brush. Brush at the heels, between the toes and on the sole. Use pedicure tools to clean the dirt under the toenails and gently scrap off the dead skin surrounding the nail. Push back the cuticles with the cuticle pusher very gently. Cut your nails neatly. If your feet are swollen, add a cup of Epsom salt in the water. The salt reduces swelling very quickly. You can also add a few drops of peppermint essential oil or lemon essential oil if your feet feel tired. Almond extracts and milk make your feet extremely soft.
You can use the exfoliations scrubs and gels available in the market. Exfoliation is done with a foot scraper or a pumice stone. You can choose exfoliation tool as per your comfort and convenience. Rub on your heels because that is where most of the dead skin ends up accumulating. Do not ignore the pads under your toes. Exfoliate every part of your feet. Once done, lower your feet in the water. Wash your legs gently. Remove from water and using a clean towel, pat your feet dry.
Massaging is best done with an unscented skin nourishing cream. The best home remedy is to massage with natural cream mixed with a few drops of lemon juice. Massage the cream into your leg applying just the right amount of pressure. Knead the soles of your feet for complete relaxation. A 15 to 20 minute massage gets you the most beneficial results. Moisturizing is important because the hot water causes your feet to become dry.
Finishing / Polishing
The most common way of finishing a foot spa treatment is to apply nail polish. However, you should wait for a day before applying the polish. Since foot spa rejuvenates your feet, your nails breathe better. Applying polish blocks the breathing process.
Pamper your feet once a week and love the feel of your soft feet. A revitalizing foot spa will also help rejuvenate your mood.