If there’s anything I like more than crafting and cooking, it’s pampering. I’m always sold by products that promise to pamper your skin, hair, teeth, whatever. It’s not a “I’ve gotta have it” impulse, just a voice in my head saying, “ah, that would be nice. I deserve a break.”
So, usually after a long day, I’ll flip on some netflix (gossip girl) and show my toes some love. I’ve practically destroyed them from living in NYC and running countless miles. And while no amount of scrubbing can make them look like they did when I was a teenager, I like to think, “well, at least I’m trying.”
Here are a few of my favorite things to use for my at-home spa pedicure.
DIY At-Home Spa Pedicure
- Before you soak your feet, take the pumice stone (#5) and go to town. Scrub all over the bottom of your feet, paying particular attention to your heels. This will make them feel incredibly smooth.
- Grab a large tub (big enough to soak your feet in) and fill it with warm water.
- Pour 1/2 of a cup of epsom salt (#3) into the soak and stir it around to dissolve. I’ve been taking epsom salt baths since I was a kid. It’s great for any aches
- Add a few drops of essential oils (#1) in your foot soak and prepare to feel like a queen. I think peppermint, orange, or eucalyptus work best for giving you that “clean” feeling, while lavender works best if you’re trying to achieve the “relax” mood.
- Grab your favorite glass of wine (#7) and soak your feet for 20 minutes or until the water gets cold.
- Dry your feet and cover them with a generous spread of coconut oil (#4). Wrap your oiled feet in saran wrap to keep the coconut oil from getting on your furniture and floors. Secure the saran wrap by covering your feet with an old pair of socks. Stay put, have another glass of wine, and let your feet “marinate” for another 10 or so minutes. They’ll be super soft by the time you’re done. Also, since coconut oil is a little pricey, you can avoid the organic stuff. It’s going on your feet, not in your mouth.
- When you’re finished with step six, wipe off any residual oil and dry your toes completely.
- Trim and file your nails like you normally would.
- Add a base coat (#6) and let it dry before you start with your polish. Base coats keep your polish on longer and keep your nails from discoloring.
- Paint your toes with two coats of your favorite nail polish. I love Essie brand (#2). Let it dry in between coats.
- Finish off your toes with a top coat (#6) to seal in the color and protect your new polish job from chipping.
That’s all it takes. Here is product list below (affiliate links).
- Essential Oils
- Essie Nail Polish Winter 2014 Collection
- Dr. Teals Epsom Salt Soaking Solution in Lavender
- Coconut Oil
- Earth Stone Lava Pumice Rock
- OPI Top Coat and Base Coat
- Your favorite white wine
So, what do you do to relax after a long day? Have you created your own spa night? I’d love to hear how.