I love a good pedicure, however getting one every week is not realistic (as my frugal-ness begins to slip in). I normally enjoy painting my own toes and the freedom to change the color whenever I please is quite outstanding given how bi-polar I am when it comes to colors I feel like wearing; that being said I am also ALWAYS on my feet and with that comes sore, tired soles.
My sister gave me this little beauty secret, a regimen she uses weekly in order to sooth her feet, get rid of calluses and have gorgeous toes. The best part is you will never guess how much it costs…..
I went to Target and bought a large dish bin- $1.49.
While I was there I picked up some Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution with Lavender- $4.49,(Amazon has a 3 lb bag for $13.25) along with some Baking Soda- $.99… all under $10 versus the normal pedicure with is $40 +
(“Holy S@#%,” said my frugal alter-ego)
Next find the best foot scrubber to scrub away all of the dead, callused skin your heels tend to accumulate, I like the pumice stone by Mr. Pumice himself- $3.38.
Fill dish bin with warm water
Add 1 cup of Epsom Salt
Add ½ cup of Baking Soda
Remove your toe nail polish and shape/buff your nails
Place a towel on the ground, underneath where your footbath will go
Sit in your coziest chair or comfiest spot on the couch, grab a good book or magazine and let your feet soak, I let mine soak for 20 minutes or so.
When you are done enjoying your at home spa, take your pumice stone and begin to scrub away the dead skin on your feet.
After your feet are smooth and clean, dry them and apply your favorite, creamy lotion (Lush brand is one of my favorites).
To update your toe nails, make sure you do a swipe with a cotton ball soaked in your acetone nail polish remover before applying the polish.
Wala! At home spa pedicure.
A little about Epsom Salt, Baking Soda and Lavender:
Epsom salt is not actually a salt, it is actually magnesium sulfate and named after the location it was first discovered in Epsom, England. When you soak in Epsom salt, your skin sucks in all of the good nutrients and flushes all of the bad ones from the body leaving you less bloated (if you are doing an Epsom salt bath), detoxed and relieved of tension. The salt will reduce your aches and pains, are anti-inflammatory which will help with ay swelling and puffiness, remove odor and softens your dry tired skin.
Other Epsom Salt Beauty Uses:
Purifying The Face: ½ tsp Epsom Salt with your face wash and massage onto skin, followed by a rinse with cool water
Get Rid Of Bruises Try Epsom Salt Compress: Soak Soft fabric in 2 tbsp. Epsom Salt and a cup of water- apply to the troubled areas
Soaking in Epsom Salt also helps with that hangover
Exfoliate your skin by giving yourself a rub down with Epsom Salts in the shower
Baking Soda it a mild, yet abrasive way to exfoliate your skin when mixed with water. It is a chemical free way to strip the dead skin from your body without causing any damage to the skin.
I can go on and on about Lavender as I use it as a nightly sleep aid, however here are a few benefits for the skin:
It’s calming and sooths the skin
Helps with minor burns as well as insect bites
It cleanses cuts and kills bacteria
Relieves dry chapped skin, eczema/dermatitis
What do you think?
Sources: Livestrong, MindBodyGreen, IntoTheGloss