• Kim Bresseleers

Pamper yourself with a foot care

Taking care of your feet with a nice pedicure, without having to leave the house? That's possible! Take a moment for yourself, go to the bathroom and pamper your feet in 7 easy steps.

Take a foot bath

Give your feet a warm foot bath. Add some relaxing oil to the water and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes. It is not only relaxing, but it also makes your skin softer.

Clean your feet and toenails

Clean your feet and toenails completely. Clean your nails with a cuticle pusher and remove any leftover nail polish with a remover without acetone, because it is a lot milder for your nails. Acetone removes your nail polish, but also strips the natural oils from your nails. This will dry them out, making them brittle and break more quickly.

Cut your toenails and push your cuticles back

Cut your toenails nice and straight to prevent ingrown nails and file any sharp corners until they are nicely smooth. Always file one way instead of going back and forth, as zigzagging makes the nail plate prone to splitting. File from the edge inwards for the best result.

File your nails with a glass file. This has a very fine structure, so you close the cuticle and protect the nail edge. Another advantage of the glass file is that it does not wear out and you can simply rinse it with water.

Push your cuticles back with a cuticle pusher. Be gentle and, if necessary, use nail scissors to remove loose skin.

Remove excess callus

Use a special foot file or pumice stone to treat the rough spots on your feet. Don't forget the parts under your foot, as well as the edges of your feet and heels. Note: Do not remove too much callus, because your feet still need a protective layer. If your feet feel soft, rinse them off a bit and dry them with a soft towel.

Scrub gently

Scrub to remove dead skin cells and make your feet silky smooth. Be gentle and don't forget to go between your toes. There are special scrubs for your feet, but you might as well use a body scrub.

Optional: Polish your toenails

With a bright color on your toenails, you are ready for that sandal weather!

It is important that you use nail polish correctly.

  • First apply a transparent base coat to protect your nail plate. Often there are also additional ingredients, such as vitamins. Advantage: A base coat ensures that your nail polish can adhere to something, so that it will last longer.

  • Polish your nails with a thin layer of nail polish. Start in the middle and put some pressure on the brush so that the hairs spread nicely and follow the arch of your nail. Polish towards the end: first the middle, then left and then right. Let it dry well.

  • Apply a second layer if the nail polish does not cover nicely, or if you want a more intense color. Allow to dry well again.

  • Finish your nail polish with a thin top coat. This ensures that your nail polish lasts longer and shines more beautifully.

Tip 1: Never polish the full length of your nails, but leave a small edge on the cuticle. That prolongs the nails optically and shows more elegant.

Tip 2: Use a toe spreader or roll up a tissue and tuck it between your toes to separate them.

Moisturize your skin

Is your nail polish completely dry? Then finish your foot care with an invigorating foot massage. Use a moisturizing foot cream.

Take your time to massage your cuticles, soles of your feet, toes, and ankles in circular motions. Relax completely while the cream absorbs into your skin. You can also massage a drop of cuticle oil on your nails to nourish them extra. A blissful Zen moment, and your feet feel like you are walking on clouds!

Also read: "Pamper yourself with a hand care".

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