A foot spa is pure indulgence. It is unimaginable that a little pampering helps you relax and release all the stress and tension that can be caused by the hustle and bustle of our mundane mechanical life. However, going out and going to a spa may also seem like a chore, especially when all you want to do is laze around. In addition, foot spas offered in spas can burn a large hole in your pockets. But these reasons should not make you ignore your feet. After all, despite all of our weight and fantasy (those of you who have made walking in stilettos a regular adventure) they endure it, they deserve a little love, and a foot spa looks like a perfect Idea.
At the beginning, a foot spa consists of steps similar to those of a pedicure, the main difference being in the ingredients used in the process. The mention of spa makes you think of everything exotic, and therefore, you will use essential oils and the goodness of nature (fruits, dairy products, sugar) when you make a spa at home.
The Magical Steps Involved In A Foot Spa
- Prepping Your Nails
- Soaking Your Feet
- Scrubbing Out The Dead Skin
- Applying The Rejuvenating Pack
- Intensely Moisturizing Your Feet
- Painting Your Nails
You Will Need
- A tub of warm water
- Rose petals (optional)
- Your favorite essential oil
- 2 cups of milk or buttermilk
- A cup of sugar or sea salt
- A seasonal fruit
- A cup of oats
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- Fresh cream
- Nail clippers
- Cuticle pushers
- A nail file
- A nail scrubber
- Pumice stone
- Nail cutter
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton swabs
- A clean towel
- Olive oil/ almond oil
- Aromatic candles
Before you start with the foot spa, you need to relax. Find a comfortable place to configure the required device. Make sure it is not noisy or that it does not bother you. The idea is to spoil you. So putting soft music and lighting up some scented candles will really help elevate your mood. Make sure you have everything you need, so you do not have to get up repeatedly. Now that everything is in place, let’s begin.
1. Prepping Your Nails
- Use a nail polish remover to clean your nails and to remove the old nail polish.
- Cut your nails to the desired length using a nail cutter. Do remember that cutting across straight is the best way. Also, ensure you do not cut the corners deep – it will only lead to painful ingrown nails.
- File your nails in the shape you desire. While there are many who file their nails after soaking their feet, shaping them before is a better idea. Otherwise, your nails will tend to soften and, in turn, break when you file them.
2. Soaking Your Feet
This is definitely the most relaxing part of the procedure: you will surely feel like you are in a spa. Relax and relax Get up to date reading or watching your favorite program while you’re at this point of the spa, or just put on some eye pads and take a nap. If I had to choose, I would slide on a 20 minute journey to dream of the earth. This is what you need to do:
- Fill up some warm water in a tub to cover your ankles.
- Add the milk or buttermilk, along with some rock salt and your favorite essential oil. If you are looking for rejuvenation, choose peppermint oil – it is sure to leave a soothing effect. Lavender oil will also help you unwind and relax. Lemon oil is more of a stimulator that will improve blood circulation and help you revitalize. In case you are allergic to essential oils, you can omit them completely.
- Use some smooth pebbles if you find them or add a couple of spoons of lemon juice. The Epsom salt will soothe inflammations and help in reducing aches and pains.
- Let your feet soak for about 15 to 20 minutes. Sit back and bask in the luxury. Once you feel completely relaxed, remove your feet from the water and dry them with a fresh, clean towel.
3. Scrubbing Out The Dead Skin
- Once your feet are dry, massage some fresh cream at the base of your toenails. This will act as a cuticle cream, and soften dead skin.
- While the cream is still on, gently rub the soles of your feet with a pumice stone or a foot file. This will remove all dead skin. This should be done regularly, or your skin will tend to harden, causing cracks and infections.
- Now, remove the cream on your cuticles.
- Push the cuticles gently with a cuticle pusher.
- Rub your nails with a nail scrubber and then, clean your feet.
- use Use an exfoliant to exfoliate your feet. You can make your own foot scrub by pounding a seasonal fruit and adding sugar. Fruits have numerous vitamins and minerals that will replenish the health of the skin, and sugar will act as an exfoliant.
- Scrub your heels and plants and the gaps between your toes. Do not forget to scrub your ankles too.
- Once you are satisfied with the scrub, wash it with water and dry your feet with a towel.
4. Applying The Rejuvenating Pack
It’s time to sit back and relax again! This step truly differentiates a spa from a pedicure.
- You can make your own package using milk and oatmeal honey, milk and honey. This is a nutritious package that will calm the skin and keep it fresh. You can also use a fresh fruit puree and apply it as a packet on your feet, but if you are using the fruit scrub, use the oatmeal pack.
- Whichever package you use, let it dry for about 20 minutes. While doing so, it’s time to relax again. You could catch up on some gossip while you leaf through a magazine.
- Once the package is dry, wash it with warm water and dry it.
5. Intensely Moisturizing Your Feet
Your feet are now clean, and your skin is supple, but the pampering doesn’t end there. You need to intensely moisturize your skin to seal that perfection. Either almond oil or olive oil, or a mixture of both will be just right.
Massage your feet and calf muscles, with one of the oils mentioned above. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. It might be interesting to note that regular massages stimulate your nerve endings and incite blood circulation. So your skin is nourished, and the muscles are rejuvenated.
6. Painting Your Nails
Now that you and your feet are relaxed and the skin is rejuvenated, it’s time for some fun! You could paint your nails with a plethora of bright colors to further lift your mood. But if bright shades are not your thing, you could do an elegant French manicure. Anything that keeps you happy!
So there it is a relaxing foot spa at home. You can do this once a month if you get pedicures done regularly. But if you must get pampered every week, there is no stopping you. It might be a good idea to indulge in this procedure just before you go to bed as you might want to go to sleep after such a relaxing treatment. Also, it will be ideal for your skin to absorb all the goodness of the rich oils overnight.