When you think about it, our feet do an awful lot of work for us, and how do we repay them? We cramp them into the trickiest of shoes in the name of fashion! On hot summer days the humidity can wreak havoc, especially if you’re standing in heels all day. Take twenty minutes to let them breathe a sigh of relief with this quickie pedicure before slipping on flip-flops and heading for the beach.
Fill a footbath or large bowl with hot water (not so hot that it burns you, be reasonable!). The hot water will relax the tired little muscles and bones that always get ignored. Add the following:
- 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil
- 3 drop of lemon essential oil
Peppermint oil will help relieve any pain, eucalyptus oil is a natural deodorizer, and lemon oil is great for circulation.
Soak your feet in this rejuvenating bath for about ten minutes and then towel off thoroughly. Attack calluses with a 2-sided foot file or pumice stone. Use the coarser side to eliminate most of the roughness and then use the finer side to achieve overall smoothness. Don’t go too crazy with this “ everybody needs some calluses, especially if you’re a runner.
How’s your polish look? Touch it up if it’s looking chipped or like its seen better days.
Apply a cucumber foot lotion from your local drugstore. Cucumber has a cooling effect and will do wonders for dry cracked heels. As you rub it in, try to massage the areas that take the most beating, like the heels, arches, and balls of the feet.
Your feet should look and feel ready for their close-up!