4 steps to make your feet summer ready
Step 1: Soak
Every pricey pedicure starts off the same way; with a foot soak. Did you know that you can recreate a salon-style foot soak at home with eco-friendly and natural products? All you need is a small tub (big enough to fit both of your feet), your favourite Epsom salt and some warm water.
- Combine a generous amount of your favourite Epsom salt with warm water into the tub. (Feel free to give it a stir to help the salt dissolve.)
- Soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes (or for 30 minutes, we won’t judge you!)
Soaking your feet in Epsom salt relieves muscle tension, soothes joint pain, reduces swelling and hydrates the skin on your feet. Plus, Epsom salts are naturally occurring and chemical free, so you can enjoy your soak, even more, knowing you’re being kind to your feet and to the environment.
Are your feet ready for a soak? Check out our collection of Epsom salts here!
Step 2: Scrub
When your feet have had their fill of soaking, it’s time to remove all of the old and dead skin with a natural pumice file. Removing dead skin will leave your feet healthy and glowing. Sandals here we come!
- Soak feet for at least 15 minutes to soften the skin.
- Lightly towel dries your feet.
- Using a foot file or pumice stone, vigorously scrub back and forth on calloused areas.
- Target areas such as your heal, the ball of your foot and the tips of your toes.
- Be careful to only scrub away tough/dead skin, exposing the soft and youthful skin below.
- Rinse your feet to remove any remaining debris.
There are many different ways to remove dead skin from your feet, both naturally and unnaturally (some salons even offer chemical peels...gross). There’s no reason you can’t be eco-friendly and have healthy feet, so we recommend using a natural pumice foot file! If a foot file isn’t really your thing, that’s ok too! Another great eco-friendly alternative is a natural pumice stone (we offer them in black or white! )
Get your natural pumice foot file here!
Step 3: Brush
Now that your feet are nice and soft, it’s time to focus on your toenails! Everyone likes their toes to be a specific way, some like them long while others like them short. However you like your nails, there is one thing we can all agree on; we all want clean and healthy toenails!
The easiest way to remove dirt and bacteria from underneath your nails is by using a nail brush. Using a nail brush is pretty self-explanatory, but here are a few tips to help make sure your nails are squeaky clean!
- Make sure your feet (or hands) are wet. This will help loosen up any dirt and bacteria trapped underneath your nails.
- Use a gentle back and forth motion, similar to how you would use a nail file.
- Make sure to rinse away any debris left after using the nail brush.
Nail brushes come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Unfortunately, most nail brushes nowadays are made out of plastic. Boo! In the spirit of keeping your at home pedicures eco-friendly, we suggest you use a plastic-free alternative. Many eco-friendly nail brushes are made using sustainably sourced wood and natural plant fibres. In fact, Eco Bath London has 3 different plastic-free nail brushes to choose from!
Looking for a plastic free nail brush? Click here to check out our newest nail brush made with sustainably sourced walnut wood and natural sisal fibres!
Step 4: Step out in style
This final step is all down to personal preference. Whether you prefer naked nails or perfectly painted ones, the choice is yours! Whatever you decide, make sure to show off your healthy feet in your favourite pair of summer sandals!
But wait, there’s more!
Are you feeling lazy? Don’t worry, we get it. We’re gonna let you in on a little secret for how to get some of the benefits of our natural pedicure without all of the leg work.
You can use your favourite Epsom salt to make a beneficial foot scrub to help exfoliate and improve blood circulation! No soaking, no scrubbing and no brushing required!
- In a bowl, mix your Epsom salt with coconut oil, almond oil, or your other favourite natural oil. (We recommend a ratio of 1 part salt to 3 parts oil.)
- Mix the salt and oil together to form a paste-like consistency.
- Rub the salt scrub all over your feet, and remember to rinse off before you grab your towel.
- Any leftover scrub can be kept in an airtight container!
Looking for the perfect salt for your foot scrub? Check out our collection of Eco Bath London Epsom Salts!
Summer sandals here we come!