DIY Foot Spa
I’m big on DIY (do it yourself) pampering sessions—not only are they free, but things also get done exactly the way you want them, ’cause you’re the one doing everything! Haha. Personally, I’m quite picky when it comes to getting my nails done, both on my hands and feet. I often tend to scrutinize and find some sort of fault when I go for manicures and pedicures at salons. So 90% of the time I just do my own mani and pedi. That way, I’m satisfied. If you’re the same way about your feet, you might wanna try a DIY foot spa!
Listed below are the things you’ll need and suggested steps to follow for a DIY foot spa.
What you need:
- A basin that your feet comfortably fit into
- A clean, dry towel
- Old newspapers or rags to spread around the area
- Hot or warm water
- Olive oil, or if you don’t have that, a carrier oil like virgin coconut oil or sweet almond oil
- Body wash/shower gel or bath salts
- A pumice stone or foot file
- Body scrub or a loofah/bath lily
- A moisturizing lotion, cream, or salve
- Spread old newspapers or rags around the area where you’ll be doing your DIY foot spa, to prevent your floor or carpet from getting wet. I recommend sitting on a comfy couch or chair in front of the TV, so you can watch a DVD or your fave shows while soaking your feet.
- Get the hot or warm water and pour it into the basin, filling it about 3/4 of the way.
- Place the towel beside you so you’ll be able to reach for it easily when you’re done. A pair of soft slippers would be nice too, to slip your soft, newly foot-spa’d feet into later.
- Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the water. This is to make the foot spa more moisturizing. If you don’t have any oils at home though of course this’d be okay to skip.
- Then add about 3 pumps of body wash, shower gel, or a smaller amount of bubble bath to the water. If you have bath salts, you may also put some of those in or use it as a substitute. Then mix everything by swirling the water a few times with your hands. You also get to test the temperature of the water this way.
- Soak your feet in the water. Ahh, this should feel nice! Soak them as long as you’d like.
- When your skin feels soft already, gently, but firmly rub your heels and the bottom of your feet with a pumice stone or foot file. This helps prevent and treat cracked heels. Don’t overdo it though or your feet will feel raw afterwards.
- Scrub the rest of your feet or leg with a body scrub or a loofah or bath lily with a bit of shower gel on it.
- Rinse thoroughly and pat skin dry with the towel. At this point you can also give yourself a pedicure or just cut your toenails.
- Slather on a moisturizing cream, lotion, or salve. Massage it in to work the cream into the skin. Once most of that has been absorbed, put on some soft or fuzzy bedroom slippers. These feel nice on newly scrubbed and moisturized feet.
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