I kind of hate to admit this, because I hate to be misunderstood, but I just have almost no interest in spending time on my appearance. Now, the reason I don’t want to be misunderstood is that I don’t want to come across as if I don’t care about my appearance. I do – seriously! I want to look not only presentable, but pretty. My hair, skin, nails, clothing and accessories – all outward appearance – should look clean and attractive, in my opinion. BUT I don’t want to have to put in any more time or effort than is necessary. I don’t think that makes me a bad person! So, without further ado, here’s my “recipe” for good-lookin’ feet without a lot of thought, effort or time!
Lazy Feet (a ridiculously lazy pedicure how-to)
You will need:
- Some down time
- A magazine
- Some really moisturizing lotion (the kind that takes a while to rub in). I actually use Sally Hansen’s Just Feet Cracked Heel Repair Creme.
- Thick socks (fuzzy purple socks for me)
- Some kind of pumice tool (I am so, so glad I splurged 20 bucks on a Tweezerman Pedro! Worth it!)
- Nail clippers (the big flat edge ones for toenails!)
- A nail file
- A towel or two
- Epsom salts
- Body wash/sudsing skin-safe liquid
- Plastic wrap (I don’t use this… but I might next time)
- Nail polish
1. Fill up the tub and put in something nice (epsom salts are GREAT and pretty cheap, too – get the drugstore brand in the big bag… or any soap/body wash/sudsing liquid that’s safe on skin).
2. Grab a fun magazine and enjoy the foot soak for a while… maybe 20-30 minutes (or more, if you want).
3. Dry off your feet and slather on the lotion.
4. Optional – wrap feet with plastic wrap! I haven’t done this, but I’ve read it’s a good way to really get the lotion to work its way into the thick, calloused skin on the feet.
5. Put on the thick socks.
6. Relax! For at least 2 hours… Go find something else to do, like laundry, taking a nap, cooking a nice dinner (and eating it, and cleaning up afterward) – whatever is going to take at least two hours. A great way to kill the time? Do steps 1-5 before bed, then go to sleep for the night – 8 hours of foot moisturizing time!
7. Remove socks (and plastic wrap if you used it). Put the socks in the laundry, the plastic wrap in the trash (duh, right?)
8. Add water to the tub again (don’t forget the magazine!) and epsom salts and/or body wash, bubble bath, or other soapy stuff.
9. Soak feet again for 10 minutes or so – leave the water in the tub!
10. Grab the pumice tool and start scrubbing the heels and balls of the feet (one at a time, keep the other one soaking while you work). Take your time and relax… enjoy the gentle massage of the scrubby pumice stone! Add some epsom salts mixed with body wash (or hand soap, or whatever liquid soap) can also make the exfoliation effect stronger and more effective.
11. Rinse everything well, drain the tub and dry off the feet.
12. Clip toenails (short is good, too short is not good – take it from me! I have a bad habit of cutting toenails down to the nub – this can cause an ingrown toenail later on!)
13. File the toenail edges smooth and even.
14. Moisturize feet again (not too much).
15. Optional – paint toenails (I recommend pink).
That’s it! Nice and simple. Lazy and relaxing!