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July 25, 2005

Spa Pedicures
Jennifer Tanner, Esthetician

The feet are the most neglected part of the body, yet they do a really hard and important job! Here are some recipes for happy, pampered, sandal-ready feet. Be sure to massage and pay special attention to your feet, toes, ankles and calves as you are doing the steps.
Step 1:
Take of all old polish (if you use polish) If nails are yellowed due to bright polishes, go to the nail restore recipe. If not, skip on to the foot soak recipe.
Nail Restore:
Hydrogen Peroxide
Baking soda
Lemon juice
Mix to form a paste, apply as a mask to each toenail. Let sit for a few minutes-then gently scrub with a nailbrush. Rinse, then trim toenails if needed.
Step 2:
Foot soaks are good for sore feet and to soften calluses. If there are any fungus problems with the feet or nails you can add tea tree oil, an anti-fungal to address those issues as well.

Icy Foot Soak
Epsom salts
Peppermint essential oil
Glycerin/vitamin E oil (optional)
Tea tree, spearmint or eucalyptus oil (optional)
Put in a tub of warm water, soak feet for 10-15 minutes. Remove, pat dry and sprite feet with cool water mixed with any of the above essential oils if desired.
Step 3:
Now it's time to soften the feet even further. If you want to take a small detour at this point you can first use the pit of an avocado to massage the feet.
Margaritaville Foot Scrub:
Any kind of salt (margarita salt if you have it handy) Lime juice or lime essential oil Oil Mix until slushy, massage into feet, rinse, then pick one of the following two recipes:
A. Pina Colada Foot Treat:
1 can coconut milk Coconut (or other) oil
Vanilla fragrance oil
Shredded coconut
Add to bowl, warm if desired. Soak feet for 10 or so minutes, massage into feet to gently exfoliate. Use a foot brush if desired. Rinse.
B. Seaweed Foot Masque:
Green Clay
Seaweed (dulce or other)
Lavender and peppermint essential oils
Vitamin E oil
Lavender flowers (optional)
Mix with water to make a masque. Apply to feet with a paintbrush or the hands. Wrap loosely with plastic wrap. Soak dish-size towels in hot water; fold in half lengthwise then roll, squeezing out excess water. Put in a bowl, microwave for 2 or 3 minutes. Open up the towels; test the temperature on the inside of the wrist then wrap around each foot and ankle. Leave on 10-15 minutes; rinse.
Step 4: Moisturize
Use a moisturizer custom scented with lime or bergamot essential oil, a vanilla or coconut moisturizer or a lavender/peppermint moisturizer depending on the treatments you chose. Or make this:
Aloe Foot Smoother:
Peppermint essential oil
Last Step:
Optional, for people who polish their toenails. Take a cotton ball soaked with nail polish remover, go over each nail. This will remove any oil or moisturizer from the treatments. Residue from the treatments left on the nails prevents the polish from adhering correctly to the nail, causing the polish to peel or chip easily. Put toe separators or lemon or lime wedges between the toes. Use a clear base coat, apply two coats of your favorite summer shade then follow up with a clear topcoat.

That's it! Enjoy relaxed, smooth happy, pretty feet!

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