Missing your parlour waali didi yet? I am sure a lot of you are! Whether or not salons have opened up in your area yet, it is advisable to avoid them for your own safety at the moment. But what to do about our feet that are a little worse for wear thanks to the lockdown? Here is my go-to at-home pedicure routine to help you out. Do keep reading because there are some products here that you wouldn’t have expected me to use on my feet!
The first step of any pedicure, be it at home or in a salon, is to soak the feet. This step ensures that the dead skin on your feet will soften and therefore can be scrubbed off easily. I will highly recommend you to soak your feet every single time before you go in with a scrub. I personally like the Indrani Cosmetics Lavender Bath Salt as a foot soak. It has a soothing aroma that instantly relaxes my mood as well as my muscles while prepping my feet for the next step.
To scrub away the dead cells, you can use any scrub that you have at hand or can even create a DIY scrub with besan and yogurt if these ingredients suit you. Don’t be rough with your skin just because it is on your feet, go in with a gentle circular motion to get rid of the dead skin without irritating your healthy skin. I personally prefer the Peppermint Foot Scrub from The Body Shop for my at-home pedicure routine. It gets rid of all the dirt and dead cells and has a pleasant scent too.
When it comes to any kind of skincare, hydration is key. You can opt for any foot cream for this step or can even use a body lotion or hand cream if you do not have a foot cream at your disposal. When my feet feel extremely dry, I like to slather a layer of the Deyga Organics Body Butter at night and put on a pair of socks before hitting the sack. I wake up to supremely hydrated feet the next day!
While some of you may think that feet care is limited to the occasional pedicure, you are wrong my friends! My feet are exposed every day to direct sunlight when I am cleaning and sprucing up my balcony, so I never skip on the sunscreen for my feet too. I am currently using the Nivea Invisible Cooling Spray as my feet sunscreen, simply because it is too oily for my face. You too can try using a product that did not work for your face on your feet because the skin of the feet is different and may respond better to the product. This is a cool tip for all you impulse buyers and product hoarders out there!
Another product that didn’t really work well for my face because of its high fragrance content was the Loreal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence. This product works really well on my feet though because my skin there is not sensitive to fragrance. It contains salicylic acid, which mildly exfoliates and brightens the skin and it has a watery consistency, so it does not leave my feet feeling oily or sticky. I use it everyday on my feet and it has helped with reducing tan and evening out the skin tone.
A little pop of colour always uplifts my mood, which is why I always paint my toenails a vibrant shade. I am currently loving the Nykaa nailpaint in the shade Lilac Cupcake because it is a very flattering mellow blue that brightens the skin tone instantly.
So this was my at-home pedicure routine. I obviously skipped the part about clipping and filing your toe nails, because I am sure you guys know how to do that already 🙂 Hope you found this post useful and let me know if you want any more at-home spa routines from me. Do leave your thoughts, suggestions and feedback in the comments below 🙂