Follow this step-by-step guide to nurture your tootsies from our new Wellbeing expert, Sam Sample.
Whilst it may be tempting to use the cooler months as the perfect excuse to “forget” about your feet - being covered up with closed-toe shoes, stockings and socks - I strongly urge you to reconsider! Winter is the perfect opportunity to nurture, pamper and treat your feet.
We stand on them, torture them in high heels, suffocate them in synthetic materials and walk on hard concrete for hours on end. These habits can take a toll on our poor little feet, resulting in ragged cuticles, chipped nails, dry skin and calluses at the least.
So, setting aside an hour once a week is really the least you can do to restore, revive and pamper your tired tootsies.
Here’s an easy step-by-step ritual that I look forward to indulging in each week.
1. Set up a Sanctuary
Set up a sanctuary in the bathroom with a little stool, soft towels and your favourite essential oil blend burning. I particularly love the scents of Rose, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang, but you can really choose any essential oil or blend that appeals to you.
Make a little pot of herbal tea to sip on, and a big bowl of warm water scented with essential oils to sit your feet in.
Remove old nail polish using a cotton pad soaked in an acetone-free nail polish remover.
Shape nails with a glass nail file. Why glass? Metal files and emery boards tear the nail as they file, leaving rough, sharp edges. The glass file is gentle and impressively effective, gliding across the nail tip as you file so you can shape your nail to a flawless, smooth finish.
5: Soak and Breathe
Rest feet in the warm “footbath” and focus on your breathing for ten minutes, breathing out your worries, and breathing in
relaxation and the scent of pure essential oils.
Then rub a small amount of body scrub in to the tops and bottoms of your feet in small circular motions.
7: Hydrating Cream
Apply a hydrating cream to your feet and ankles, paying particular attention to the cuticles. I like to use a hand cream for my feet, as they have fabulously nourishing ingredients like shea and cocoa butter, jojoba and rosehip oils and vitamin E.
Now, here’s the important step: Emerge from the bathroom and ask your oh-so-lovely housemate/girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife for a quick ten-minute reflexology treatment on your impeccably clean and soft tootsies. Treating someone to a foot massage is really not that difficult and more often than not, is really quite a funny experience … the majority of mine always end in fits of laughter. And we all need a good laugh every once in a while.
9: New Colour
Finally your toes are ready for a new splash of colour. So retreat back in to the bathroom and apply a couple of layers of nail polish. Free from formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, and camphor, of course. Half the fun is choosing the colour, and the other half is the joy you’ll get when you look down to see a bright and uplifting hue of pink/red/purple/blue or whatever other colour you’re brave enough to wear for the upcoming week.
Oh the joy of being female!