Do It Yourself Pedicure
Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets (thank you Martha and the Vandellas – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdvITn5cAVc ). But how you gonna dance in the street with those feet?
We naturally beautiful women pay so much attention to our face and our hair and our skin (at least I hope you do!), even to our hands and our fingernails. But those feet way down there at the bottom of your body – THEY NEED CARE TOO!
You don’t have to go to a fancy salon to get an expensive pedicure - although for a great girlfriend gathering, book a couple of those posh pedicure thrones and grab a bottle of champagne!
DIY PEDICURE — You can give yourself a pampering pedicure at home. Just follow these simple steps for natural beauty for your feet:
1. Fill a great big bowl with warm water and take off all of the old polish. Tea Tree Oil will get rid of bacteria (about a teaspoon) mixed with a capful of deep cleansing witch hazel. Add these to a half cup of Epsom salts or Dead Sea Salts (to rejuvenate), and one drop of peppermint or three of rosemary oil (aromatherapy is great for rejuvenating your whole body). Soak your feet for five to 10 minutes.
2. Exfoliate (see E is for Exfoliation) and get rid of that dry, dead skin (especially for those of you who live in the desert!). Massage each foot for a minute or two with a small amount of your homemade sugar or salt scrub. Make sure you get the whole foot, every toe right to your pinkies! Use tiny circular strokes and get it all off, then rinse your feet with clean warm water.
3. Next get rid of those nasty calluses by using a wet pumice stone and a little gentle soap. With a back-and-forth motion, lightly scrape your heels, your toes and the bottoms of your feet.
4. Trim your nails. Then massage your feet with your favorite homemade moisturizer or some wonderful Shea butter mixed with coconut oil.
5. Separate your toes with toe separators or roll up a paper towel and weave it through your toes and apply a clear base coat that contains some nail nourishment like Vitamin E. Then polish your toenails with some of those wild and racy summer colors just made for sandals. Starting right above the cuticle, brush the bristles down the center of the nail towards the tip of your toe. Then brush the color on each side and across the edge of your nail. Once you’ve finished all of your toes, go back and do a second coat. Use a clear topcoat finish to seal in the color and prevent chipping.
Wild Summer Toes
Homemade Bath Salts for Your Natural Health and Natural Beauty
Now that I’ve convinced you how wonderful baths can be for your natural health and your natural beauty, I’m here to tell you that the very best way to enjoy the luxurious benefits of the bath is to soak in some homemade bath salts.
They’re easy! They’re cheap! They make fabulous gifts!
You can take some essential oils, like lavender for stress or rosemary for rejuvenation, and just add them to the bath water while it’s running. Start out with only about 5 drops. You can always add more, but you can’t get them out once they’re in. For a really invigorating bath, add only one drop of peppermint essential oil. For a romantic bath, add about two drops of pure rose oil.
For a really relaxing bath, combine 1 C. of Epsom salts with 4 cups pf sea salt (or use just Epsom salts if you want to be frugal) and mix the salt up with 1 cup baking soda. Mix 1 cup of the salty dry mixture with 3/4 of a teaspoon of bergamot or grapefruit essential oil. Add it to the rest of the dry mixture and mix it up thoroughly. If you’d like some extra smell and color, you can add 3/4 cup dried or citrus rinds or rose or calendula petals.
Here’s a great bath salt recipe from our friends at Spa Index (http://www.spaindex.com/)
CHAMOMILE MILK BATH
A skin-softening treat for dry, winter skin
4 cups dry powdered milk
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup dried chamomile or 5 chamomile tea bags
Steep chamomile in water for 20 minutes. Strain liquid. Mix liquid with powdered milk and add to running bath water.
Bath Bliss By You Naturally Beautiful Woman!
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Make your own Bath Salts for Natural Health and Natural Beauty
One of the most delectable things you can do for yourself and your body is to soak in a bath with some homemade bath salts. Epsom Salts are the crystal form of magnesium sulfate. The crystals gently exfoliate your skin while smoothing away roughness and dryness. The magnesium in the Epsom Salts is a miracle mineral that has been shown to provide stress relief, relax the muscles and relieve any kind of muscle ache (especially from over-exercising), lower blood pressure and calm a weary mind (see Previous Post - M is for Magnesium – Miracle Mineral).
Epsom Salts are a really inexpensive product to use for your homemade bath salts. If you want to get a little fancier, you can buy Dead Sea Salts which have been used for centuries for their excellent therapeutic value.
Pour two cups of Epsom or Dead sea bath salts into a clean container and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Close the container and shake well. Let the mixture sit overnight if possible and shake one more time before adding to your bath.
For a more moisturizing blend, you can add some jojoba oil or coconut oil to the mix.
- a cupful of Epsom Salt
- two drops of your favorite essential oil
- two to three drops of Jojoba oil
- one tablespoon of baking soda (optional)
Blend everything together and let it sit overnight. Add to your bath after shaking. For a wonderful gift, tie the whole thing up with a pretty ribbon. Your friends and family will love the Sumptuous Skin they get from Salt!