And when that's not enough, we then force them into some ridiculously tight close-pointed pumps or some pinching shoes with ridiculous toes or tight straps and slingbacks with a super high heels! What's worse is when they are being forced to fit in a very beautiful and glamorous Fendi evening shoes, that is not even their size!! And when they couldn't stand the pain and stress anymore, blisters, bunions, cuts, sweat, swollen, muscle cramps, calluses and so on and so forth will start to appear, to let you know that you are hurting them! If only they could talk, I'm sure they want to curse you everyday for making them feel like they are being taken advantage of, and they would probably say "I hate your shoes! They are too tight. Too high. Too heavy! Too fancy! I don't want to wear those shoes anymore!! And I don't want to walk ever again! Stop abusing me!! Grrrr!".
At the end of the day, it is a sure thing that the parts of us that will be hurting the most are OUR OWN FEET. The feet, therefore, deserve to have a good pampering every now and then! They too, need a little love from you! I'm sure you want your feet to feel that they are as important as the other parts of your body too, right?
Hence, it just sounds SO RIGHT to splurge on having your feet pampered!! =)
And the best part is, you do not need to crash the bank just to go to a spa and get top-of-the-line primping for your feet!
So, how is the do-it-yourself foot spa done?
Here it is, I'll show you step-by-step!
Firstly, lemme show you what are the things needed for your DIY foot spa:
You'll need: A bucket of Hot Water, Salts, Bubble Bath/Bath Foam/Soaps, Organic Herbal Foot Soak (or you can use 5 bags of chamomile tea), Olive Oil, Foot Scrub, Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray, Odour Control Foot Spray, Refreshing Foot Spray, Antiperspirant Foot Cream, Energizing Emulsion, Feet Moisturizer, Odour Control Shoe Spray and Socks. Ohhh...and not to forget, a magazine for you to read while you soak your tootsies in the bucket! Heh =)
Oh..and you would also need some pedicure tools:
Pumice Stone, Foot/Nail File, Nail Clipper, Cuticle Balm, Cuticle Remover, Tweezers, Scissors, Nail Buffers, Vaseline, Emery Boards, Toe Separators and Pumice Brush.
Alright...now let's start!
Take a soaking bucket of yours, fill it up with some hot water (hot enough that your skin can tolerate), and then put in some salts (preferably rock salts), then put in some of your favourite bubble bath or soap.
Mine would be this Boots Bergamot & Clary Sage Bath Foam mix it up with Lemon Body Wash (I love this two items! Smells so invigorating and calming!) and then mix it with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Then, put your feet in the soaking bucket and try to relax! Let your feet soak for about ten minutes.
Next, treat your tired, swollen tootsies to a 'Happy Feet' - a soothing organic herbal foot soak from Earth Mama Angel Baby. This is actually for pregnant ladies...but I am so itchy to get my feet to try this instead of using the chamomile or verbena tea for my foot spa..hehee ;p
The ingredients are: sea salt, Epsom salt, organic rosemary leaf, organic peppermint leaf, organic thyme, organic lavender flowers, organic yarrow flowers, organic rose flower, organic lavender essential oil and organic peppermint essential oil. It's 100% organic content!!
I have to fill the enclosed muslin bag and toss it into the soaking bucket.
It states here on the jar, "Squeeze the bag to release the herbal goodness. Pamper your overworked little feet. They've earned it. And then rinse the muslin bag and reuse". Hmmm.... Okayyy...let's sit in here for a while, no? And in the mean time...let's read the magazine... =)
After 15 minutes or so.. the color started to change..
Yellowish brown.. Like tea or something.. (or maybe urine. haha). I think it has started releasing those herbal goodness... And the smell was soo energizing and calming at the same time.. =)
Pat your feet dry with a fresh towel (I suggest that you don't use the same towel that you use for your body.. I always separate my facial towel, my hair towel, my body towel and now my feet towel! Heheh)
Time to flake away the dead skin! Like written on this foot scrub from Soap & Glory,
"Transform your scaly legs from reptilian to radiant!",
"It might be fine if her friends are flaky, but a lady's legs should never be",
"Now he'll never have to know that all this time you've been flaking it".
When the skin of your feet has become soft from the warm, soapy and herbal water, scrub the dead skin and the calluses off with a pumice stone. Make sure that your skin is not wet..
I suggest that you should take your own sweet lil' time to do this, and try not to be too rough in rubbing the extra skin away..
Next, after ridding the feet of the dead skin, work on the toenails. Cut your toenails with a nail clipper. Apply some cuticle balm on your cuticles.. Remove all the cuticles.. And clean them.
After clipping the extra length off, file them to give them shape, and then buff them. Do not cut your toenails too short, or else you will end up with painful ingrown nails.
And after you have done with your toenails, take the tweezers and pluck any of your not-supposed-to-be-there hair on your toes (that if you have such a manly feet like me lah. haha ;p)
Next is, moisturizing! The last step! =)
You'll need: Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray, Energizing Emulsion and a Moisturizer for Feet. These are the items if you wish to stay in after your foot spa activity..
Otherwise, if you're planning to go out and have some fun, which gonna cost you some sweaty feet.. Then maybe you'll need this!
First to apply either the Body Shop Peppermint Foot Spray, OR the Scholl Fresh Step Refreshing Foot Spray. Then after you have sprayed either one of those and it has dried on your feet, slather some of the Oriflame Antiperspirant Foot Cream. And if you'd like, you could also spray the Scholl Odour Control Foot Spray before stepping into your Gucci leather shoes. Oh..and you could also spray the Scholl Odour Control Shoe Spray onto your precious shoes, just to be extra safe so no one could ever smell your feet! teehee ;p
Anyways..since I am not going anywhere...I will opt to wear the first three moisturizing products...
After I sprayed the cooling Body Shop Peppermint Foot Spray, I let it dry and then I spread this Energizing Emulsion from Clarins (which I got as a sample). It's really nice, these two products I tell you! It really does soothes tired feet! It has the tingling, cooling effects fyi, which I like so much!! =)
And lastly, the final step is..
Moisturizer for the whole leg/feet area.. I usually use two types of moisturizer. It's either this one from OPI (that's specially for the feet), or from Garnier AquaDefense Body Moisturizer (which obviously for the whole body). Why I love these two products? Because they really drench my dry skin with moisturizers and smoothing silicones, while adding a layer of protection against irritating skin problems. Skin felt so soft and smooth after application! And the best part is, they really do smell so wonderful!! Sometimes I feel like licking myself! hahaha. These two items are the best! =D
Now remember... after you have changed to your pajama and have applied those rich moisturizers of yours before you're going to bed, do put on a pair of cute lil' socks, to lock in the moisture in your feet while you sleep!!
P/s: The feet are the most worn-out parts of our body. So pamper them a lot and your feet will love you!! And maybe... Just maybe, they wouldn't mind wearing heels everyday! LOL ;p