After walking several thousand steps a day, our feet have endured some travel time and need some TLC. It is expected that in our lifetime, we will have circled the globe a couple of times just in walking. That is a lot of pressure on a foot that has approximately 7,200 nerve endings, 26 bones, 20 muscles, and hundreds of blood vessels – and we’re just talking one foot here! With all that sole stomping, it’s time to pamper our tootsies and show them off in fabulous sandals.
Have you had a pedicure lately? This is a luxury that women (and men too!) deserve, and you can get one at a local cosmetology school for half the price. Students are supervised by an instructor and are just about finished with their nail program, so you can relax while your feet are being pampered. If your budget is tighter or you don’t like other people touching your feet, have no fear. With a basin near, paradise is on the way!
What you Need
- A small basin
- Essential Oil
- Baking Soda
- A Foot File (try Microplane or the Ped egg)
- Cuticle Pusher
- Toe-nail Clipper
- Toe-nail File
- Ingredients listed in the Sugar Scrub and Cooling Recipes
Fill up a basin with warm water. Put a few drops of essential oil in with two tablespoons of baking soda. Using a foot file on your dry foot, file away dead skin to reveal baby-soft skin. After you file, scrub your feet with this homemade recipe below.
Brown Sugar Foot Scrub
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon almond oil (In case you don’t have almond oil, use olive oil; it is a great substitute.)
Preparation: Before you start preparing this scrub, grind the oatmeal using a coffee grinder or food processor. It has to be of sandy consistency, flaky, and light – otherwise it will scratch the skin. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until it resembles a paste.
Application: Apply the paste onto your feet. Using a circular motion, massage the paste onto your feet gently. Rinse off with warm water.
Massage: Now place your feet in the warm water of the basin and soak your soles for ten minutes. Do not soak too long, as it can make feet drier. Once they have soaked, remove your feet and pat them dry. Using a cuticle pusher, press back the skin around your toenails. Clip and file toenails squarely, in line with the ends of the toes, so that growth does not head into the surrounding soft tissue.
Rub your feet with orange oil. Orange oil helps to release toxins in congested skin and helps cell regeneration. If you don’t have orange oil, rub a foot cream (I recommend Dessert Essence Organics Pistachio foot cream) on your feet. Now that your feet are lubricated, start to massage the small joints in the toes with your index finger and thumb. Continue for one to two minutes per toe. Work toward the pad of your foot with your thumb in a caterpillar motion (thumb walking) and massage for a couple of minutes. You can also try some foot massage balls from Purezeal and give your hand a rest!
Polish (For Ladies): With a wet Q-tip, dab around your toenails to take off any excess cream. This will prepare the nail for polish. A great polish that doesn’t contain formaldehyde, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate is by Anise Cosmetics or Honeybees nail polish found at Be Well Stay Well.To refresh and wake feet up, try the following recipe:
Cooling Foot & Body Powder Recipe
- 1/2 cup powdered arrowroot
- 1/2 cup oatmeal flour
- 1/2 cup rice flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
Combine powders and mix well. Add oils to absorbent cotton pad. Place pad with oil in container with powder. Shake or stir well and allow to sit 24 hours. Shake or stir again and allow to sit another 24 hours. Shake or stir powder one more time and remove pad and discard. Place powder into a container to keep. It is now ready to use. Makes just over 2 cups powder. Apply whenever feet need to be cooled or soothed.
No Sweat! So now that your feet feel and look great with fabulous sandals on, you need to be prepared for sweaty soles. Summer soles are insoles used to absorb sweat. All you need to do is peel and stick the product onto your shoe, and best of all, no residue is left behind.
Mix: Our feet endure stress, pressure, and pain from tight shoes, let alone the everyday walking or standing in one place for a long period of time. We must remember to give our soles a break by changing up shoes after wearing them for several hours, keep our feet hydrated, seek out a podiatrist for check ups, and try to have a pedicure once a month.