Foot health

Updated 06 February 2014

Home pedicure

While many women spend several hours every month taking care of their hands and fingernails, the toenails and feet are often sorely neglected. Use this guide to treat your feet.

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While many women spend several hours every month taking care of their hands and fingernails, the toenails and feet are often sorely neglected.

These hard-working body parts need to be looked after – not only for the sake of being well-groomed, but also to ensure good health.

Ingrown toenails and cracked heels are often the painful result of not taking the time to pamper your feet.

So, use this step-by-step guide to give your feet a weekly treat:

  • Soak your feet in a foot bath filled with warm water – this will soften the skin.
  • Use a pumice stone to gently rub off any dry skin while your feet are still wet.
  • Scrub your feet with a gentle exfoliator and rinse.
  • Dry your feet, then apply some body butter or foot cream and wrap your feet in a warm towel for five minutes. Rinse thoroughly afterwards.
  • Massage your feet with a revitalising aromatherapy oil such as sandalwood or ylang ylang.
  • Push back your cuticles, using an ear bud.
  • Remove any excess oil with a paper towel.
  • Buff your toenails with a top-quality three-way buffer.
  • Finish off by painting your toenails with your favourite colour nail lacquer.

Source:
Zest Weekend Home Spa by Linda Bird

South African Podiatry Association (SAPA)

 

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