How to give yourself a professional pedicure spa?
With all the comforts of home.
"Pampering one's feet is the ultimate luxury yet few people take time
for it," says Cheryl Renella, president and founder of Channing's Day
Spa in Chicago, which counts celebs including Julia Roberts and Whitney
Houston among its clientele. Although booking a pedicure spa is a
fun indulgence, you can treat your feet at home too. To make the
environment more spa-like, pop in a CD of relaxing music and light some
candles around the room. Then follow Renella's simple steps for a
blissful home pedicure:
- Soak away stress. Fill a tub or other Pedicure Equipments with warm water and
drop in a 1/2 ounce of your favorite bath salts (sea salts are a good
substitute if you don't have bath salts on hand). Add a tablespoon of
olive oil and soak your feet for 10-15 minutes. The salts will soften
up dry skin and calluses, while the olive oil moisturizes.
- Banish dead skin and calluses. Massage an exfoliating body scrub
such as Tend Blends Creative Juices Sugar Fix into the bottoms of your
feet. Leave the scrub on, and use a pumice-like surface to buff down
calluses and slough away dead skin cells. Rinse your feet with cool
- Trim nails and care for cuticles. Trim toenails, cutting them in
a square shape to prevent ingrown nails. Gently push back cuticles with
an orange stick or other pedicure kits. Never cut your cuticles -- they are necessary for
keeping bacteria from entering the skin.
- Moisturize and massage. Dry off your feet with towel and apply an
invigorating foot cream such as Dr. Scholl's Peppermint Foot and Leg
Lotion.Massage in long upward strokes, moving from your toes to your
- Finish with polish. Apply a base coat and two coats of your
favorite polish, followed by a top coat. Let your nails dry for at
least half an hour, then rub a dab of oil into your cuticles and nail
beds to moisturize them.