Happy feet

Are your feet sore or perhaps swollen or perhaps they just need a little mood change? Looking for happy feet? Below is a step by step guide on how to please them gentle puppies...

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Step 1 - Soak those dogs!

Don’t cheat yourself out of the foot soak just because you’re doing your pedi at home. This step does more than clean your feet and make you feel amazing. It also softens dead skin cells in preparation for exfoliation.

Tip - While you let a tub fill with warm water and you have removed all traces of old polish, add to the water a teaspoon of tea tree oil (to banish stinky bacteria), a cap full of witch hazel (to cleanse and tone), a half cup of Epsom salts (to rejuvenate) and three drops of peppermint or rosemary oil (to heal and freshen) and soak your feet for about five to 10 minutes.

Step 2 - Scrub off the dead skin!

To slough off rough spots, look for exfoliates with medium-size grains, like sugar or salt crystals (sugar is less irritating) and moisturizing agents such as jojoba or almond oil. Massage each foot for a minute or two with a quarter-size blob of scrub. Start at your heel and work your way out to your toes, ankles and calves using tiny circular motions. Rinse off with warm water.

Step 3 - Buff away bumps!

Now it’s time to smooth down nasty calluses. Wet a pumice stone or lava rock and coat it with a little body wash and get going.

Tip - Using a back-and-forth motion, lightly scrape your heels, the bottom of your feet and your toes. The key here is to be gentle – you want to abrade only the very top layer of skin, not rub your flesh raw and lost a foot. And don’t even think about attacking calluses with a razor blade!

Step 4 - Trim and file!

Using a strong steel clipper made specifically for toenails, trim your nails straight across then smooth the edges with a nail file (a glass file is best). Giving them a slightly rounded shape helps prevent painful ingrown nails.

Step 5 - Moisturize and massage!

Now drench your soles with a moisturizing product made especially for your feet. Look out for Shea butter to add and lock in moisture; arnica to reduce inflammation and foot powder which zaps odor.

Tip - Using a circular motion, massage a coin-size dollop of cream all over your feet and lower legs. Then, with the knuckle of your index finger, press down gently into the arch of one foot and knead; repeat on the other foot. The mini massage will relax your feet while boosting circulation, which reduces swelling.

Step 6 - Polish!

First, swipe your nails with a non-acetone polish remover (acetone will damage your nails) to get rid of any cream residue left over from your foot massage. Insert foam toe separators or roll up a paper towel and weave it through your toes. Next, apply a clear basecoat – the formula should contain protein, vitamin E and/or calcium, all of which will help strengthen brittle nails and prime them to hold on to polish longer.

Now you’re ready to apply color. Tip - Starting just above the cuticle, sweep the bristles down the centre of your nail toward the tip of your toe. Then sweep color on each side and across the edge of your nail. After you’ve done all 10 nails, add a second coat. This prevents chipping and seals in color layer on a finishing topcoat.

The nlastly when your nails are just about dry, massage in a few drops of cuticle oil. It will pump up shine and creates a barrier to protect against smudges.

With these few steps your feet should be smiling in no time. Let us know below in the comments section how this worked for you and perhaps you have a few tips for the rest of us. Also don’t forget to pop past our social pages and let us know how it went. Good luck with your gentle unhappy feet!

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