The Malton Home Pedicure
Our resident head beautician Martina has put together the following home tips to help you get your feet looking fabulous for these glorious summer days….
Firstly add a half a cup of Epsom salts & 2 drops of lavender oil to a foot spa or basin & soak for 5 minutes or so, this will help to drain away toxins and remove aches and pains. Dry your feet completely and especially between your toes to prevent any cracking. Wrap some cotton wool around the top end of an orange wood stick and gently push back cuticles. Epsom sales, orange sticks and essential oil can all be purchased from your local pharmacy/health store or good supermarket.
Mix a handful of the Epsom salts with some grape seed oil and 2 drops of any essential oil of choice. Mix to a porridge like consistency. Apply scrub all over both feet, massage in well and wash off. (This also makes a great body scrub). You may also need a foot file to remove any extra hard skin that has built up on certain areas.
Always cut nails straight across with a toe nail clippers to prevent ingrowing toe nails and file straight across in the one direction.
A great cream for cracked feet is Flexitol ‘heal balm’ which can be purchased from any pharmacy. Apply a euro sized amount to each foot and rub into all areas especially outside the ball of the foot and along outside of foot and heel. The area under the ball of the foot and along the arch is a great place to massage to help work out tired spots.
Get some nail varnish remover, cotton pads and remove all the cream from nails. Roll a tissue and place between each toe; this is far more hygienic and more comfortable than toe separators. Apply a base coat, 2 thin layers of nail colour and a top coat. Leave time between each layer to allow them to dry completely or they will smudge! You could do this while catching up with us on Facebook!
A cotton bud soaked in nail varnish remover will remove any excess nail polish that surrounds the nail. Leave nails dry for 30 minutes or so and remove tissues. Leave toes air dry for at least another hour.
Regards to your feet!
Martina, Innisfallen Health & Beauty Rooms