Miserable feet? How to do your own pedicure
So you sifted through your closet on a sunny day, found a matching pair of sandals, whipped them on, looked down and thought: “Uurgh…, who let the ogres out…?” Say goodbye to your Fiona-feet girls, it’s time to pamper those steppers, not excluding the guys of course!
Unfortunately it’s not always possible (time-wise or financially) to go for a pedicure to make your feet look well-groomed. But because every girl deserves a pampering pedicure once in a while, why not do it at home, yourself. Send hubby to the mall with the kids and a shopping list of impossible things to find, and then gather the following items to start spoiling those feet:
- Big bowl of steaming hot water
- Callus removal file / pumice stone
- Bath salts or fizzy bath balls
- Body/foot scrub (or a simple mixture of olive oil and sugar will do)
- Nail kit – (cuticle tool, nail clippers, nail file)
- Nail polish remover
- Cuticle oil or essential oil (or alternatively a very moisturizing cream)
- Toe separator (or cotton balls will work just as well)
- Nail polish, base coat and top coat
- Moisturiser with a fresh / fruity smell…
- Give your toenails a whoosh of cutex remover to remove any old traces of cutex you might still have from last summer…
- Prepare your bowl of hot, steamy (but not boiling) water, and add a dash of bath salts for some aromatherapy.
- Sit on a comfy chair and place your feet in the bowl of water. Soak for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Use the callus removal file or pumice stone to buff away hardened areas on the soles of your feet.
- Scrub each foot with a dollop of body/foot scrub, working your way up to mid-calve. Rinse
- Use your cuticle tool to gently push back your cuticles.
- Dry your feet with a towel, clip your toenails if necessary, and file away any sharp edges.
- Use your toe separator or cotton balls, and apply your base coat, cutex and top coat.
- Once your cutex has dried completely, rub your feet with a fresh smelling moisturizing lotion up to your calve. Add a drop of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils to your plain lotions for a fresh feel and smell.
- Now, about those old sandals… good looking feet like yours deserve a new pair of heels, right girls?
For those who prefer a professional pedicure:
Visit Zorgvliet Spa at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club and let them pamper your feet, if you’re not up to doing it yourself…
- Mini pedicure: A quick pedi is sometimes all that is needed to get your footsies looking good during summer. This pedicure includes a foot soak, scrub, cuticle care, nail cutting and filing, foot balm and moisturiser, and the nail polish application of your choice.
- Deluxe pedicure: Opt for a pedicure with a bit more pampering if you want to treat your tired feet. This pedicure includes a foot soak, scrub, cuticle care, nail cutting and filing, filing of the soles of your feet, moisturiser application, a light foot massage, a foot mask and nail polish application of your choice.
- Advanced deluxe pedicure: Includes everything listed in the Deluxe Pedicure, but is a more intense treatment.
- Paraffin pedicure: This pedicure follows the same procedure as the Deluxe Pedicure, but the foot mask is replaced with a paraffin dip. This option is great for dry, cracked heels.
- French pedicure: Again this pedicure follows the same procedure as the Deluxe Pedicure, the only difference is the French style nail polish which is applied.
- Male pedicure: This is a basic foot grooming for the guys, which is basically the male version of the Deluxe Pedicure (excluding the nail polish application of course!)
And why not add a back, neck and shoulder massage for ultimate relaxation while you’re there… just a thought…