Summer is here which means it’s time for flip flops and bare feet. Even though we’ve likely all been spending a bit more time indoors this summer and had a little less pampering at the salon, it doesn’t mean we have to totally neglect our feet. Don’t sacrifice the luxury of having soft feet and pretty toes!
Let’s face it, nothing can replace being pampered at the salon, but if you can’t get to the salon or want to save a couple extra bucks, doing one at home can be just as fun and easy! It might be a little daunting if you’ve never done one before, but once you know the ropes, you’ll enjoy this nurturing form of self-care. Here’s what you need to do to enjoy a homemade spa experience.
Why Do An At-Home Pedi?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the chemicals found in glues, polishes, removers and other salon products can harm your health. These side effects include cancer and reproductive concerns — not a price many would willingly pay for sparkly toes.
You’ll benefit your microbiome and the environment by being able to pick your own natural products to use at home. For example, you can moisturize your cuticles with MCT oil, which reduces your risk of fungal infections. You can also add a few drops of lavender aromatherapy oil to a mister and play relaxing binaural beats to soothe the rest of your body.
If you feel uncomfortable with someone else touching your feet, having a stranger do so can exacerbate your anxiety. Such conditions hardly make for a relaxing spa experience, but letting a trusted partner or family member touch your tootsies helps you get over the tickle response.
Finally, giving yourself a pedicure at home saves you considerable cash. Once you factor in gratuity and that latte that you have to sip while in the chair, one treatment can cost over $50. Conversely, you can buy a quality bottle of natural nail polish for less than $10, and it lasts for several applications.
Here’s how to get started…