It's starting to get warmer (though we've had some super rainy days lately up here) and that means the winter boots are coming off and the strappy sandals and flip flops are coming out! Only one problem. Most of us have been neglecting our feet this winter and they look . . . well, awful! Now, I'm a huge fan of manicures and pedicures in general. The pampering is nice and I try to go when I can, but I just don't have the time to go as regularly as before I had kids, heavy work responsibilities, life, and everything else going on.
I have some simple suggestions for things you can do at home in between your pedicures to get your feet in better strappy-show shape!
Getting rid of calluses:
1. Vinegar soak - soak your feet in a large tub or bowl of warm water with 1 cup vinegar in it, then smooth away your calluses with a pumice stone or pedicure foot file.
2. Baking Soda - if you can't stand the smell of vinegar, try making a soak of warm water with 3 Tablespoons of baking soda in it. After you're done soaking, smooth away calluses with a pumice stone or pedicure foot file.
3. Baking Soda Callus Paste - If you'd rather not soak your feet, try creating a thick paste with baking soda and water. Take the paste and massage your individual calluses. This should help soften them away.
4. Papaya - You can try either soaking your calluses in papaya juice or mashing a fresh papaya and allowing your feet to sit in the mush. Papayas are chock full of enzymes and are fabulous for your skin.
Moisturizing your feet:
After you've smoothed those calluses away as best you can, it's time to moisturize! Apply one of the following things (some of which can be found in your kitchen) just before bed and immediately cover your feet with socks to lock in the moisture.
1. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil - this is technically an oil, but it generally comes solid and melts the instant you touch it. You can buy this in any natural food store, whole foods, (not sure about Trader Joe's I should check next time I'm there) and even most grocery stores.
2. Shea Butter - Shea butter is in so many cosmetic products because it is fabulous when it comes to moisturizing. I buy mine from a natural food store or organic good supplier.Check online if you can't seem to find it.
3. Cocoa Butter - I tend to buy this organic and unrefined for several reasons, but mostly because it's less processed. You can buy refined cocoa butter at almost any pharmacy or large store like target. If you want the unrefined stuff, try a natural food store or look online.
4. Avocado Oil - I love, love avocado oil and butter because it's such an amazing moisturizer. You can generally buy this from any natural food store, whole foods, or online. I always buy organic, but that's just my preference.
5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil - You probably already have some in your kitchen cabinet, I know I love to cook with it. Olive oil is such an amazing oil and has more uses than I have time to write about here, but it is a fabulous moisturizer. This can be purchased at any grocery store, natural food store, whole foods, Trader Joe's has a good selection, etc. I like cold pressed extra virgin olive oil form the first press.