Follow these simple steps suggested by beauty expert Sarika, to create your own foot spa at home. Read our article for more details!
The pressures of life, stressful lifestyles and physical exertion is a given in this day and age. We depend on them every day, right from holiday shopping and standing all night at festive cocktail parties we leave our feet sore and achy.
However, we don’t realize that our feet get impacted the most! We get so used to it, that we don’t even realize it! But you need to be very careful as tired feet can lead to serious health complications. And it's not just body but also feet that tell you about your health condition.
Pain and inflammation along with the balls of your feet and this not only holiday shoppers but also athletes that land hard on their feet, but also dancers, runners, basketball, and volleyball players.
The Greek philosopher Socrates more than 2,500 years ago quoted saying "Our feet are our vehicle to an active lifestyle," says Dr. Christopher DiGiovanni, chief of the Foot and Ankle Service at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton Wellesley Hospital. "If your feet are not sound and healthy, it's tough to keep the rest of you healthy, too."
Keeping all of the above in mind, our feet need foot spas for regular cleaning and pampering to stay refreshed. So what is a foot spa? It’s a relaxing technique for tired feet. The procedure involves soaking feet in a foot bath with warm water, added salt, and essential oils. This is followed by scrubbing, massaging, detoxifying, cleansing and applying foot lotion, and finally applying nail paint to the toenails.
Ideally, salons use foot spa detox machines, however owing to the lockdown situation right now, I will show you how to make one at home! Just follow the step-by-step guide below.
To get started here’s what you need:-
· A big plastic tub
· Warm water
· A jar of marbles
· Salts (a tablespoon of Epsom or sea salts)
· Essential oils (lavender, peppermint, or lemongrass oils)
· Powdered milk (2-3 tablespoons)
· Almond oil (1 tablespoon)
· A foot scrubbing brush
So let’s begin!
1. Create the environment
When you go for a foot spa in the salon, the procedure is relaxing and the environment makes the experience delightful. A Zen-like environment can be created at home by starting with a comfortable place. Use your favorite fragrance to relax you. For instance, lavender and spiced apples activate the alpha wave activity in the back of the brain, which leads to relaxation. Jasmine and lemon are used to increase beta wave activity in the front of the brain, which increases alertness.
Fill your bathroom with candles or even aromatherapy candles i.e. lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, orange blossom, spiced apples, and vanilla. This will enhance your sensory experience and lastly play relaxing music.
2. Make a foot soak
Place marbles in the tub and fill it with warm water. Combine the salts and 10-15 drops of essential oil. To add a feminine touch to the foot spa, sprinkle some rose petals.
Add powdered milk and almond oil to the mixture. Place the marbles in the tub and fill it with warm water and add the salts.
Add the rose petals and combine the powdered milk and almond oil, which has smoothening properties. Now let your feet soak in this heavenly concoction for at least 15-20 minutes. This is the perfect time for you to catch up on some reading, chat with an old friend or sip your favorite drink.
3. Nail and cuticle removal
The nails and cuticles soften due to the soak. You must trim and clean your toenails. Push your cuticles back towards the nail bed to make your nails look glamorous. You can also shape your nails with a filer for a smooth and sophisticated look.
4. Exfoliate your feet
This is a crucial part of the process, wherein an exfoliation brush is used to scrub your heels. My mother usually uses a pumice stone since she has hard skin and calluses on her feet and I’ve got into the habit of using it as well. If your foot scrubbing cream, use it for some time and rinse with the foot spa water.
5. Foot massage
Place your feet on the marbles and roll them back and forth, or simply use your hands to give yourself a massage.
6. Moisturize your feet
Now rewash your feet and pat dry, following which you can slather on a moisturizer suitable to your skin type.
7. Apply nail polish
Paint your nails in your favorite color to look well-groomed and neat. Also in order to maintain soft and clean feet for a prolonged period of time, cover them in socks.
Now that you’ve created your own foot spa experience at home and are feeling super relaxed, you can go a step further and make a foot soak.
I've listed out some foot soak recipes that you can make at home. The base ingredient of any foot soaks in warm water, as warm as you can stand to put your feet into. Pour it over any ingredients that need to be dissolved and add essential oils. After this, sprinkle baking soda and in the foot soaking basin, spray a whiff of tingling perfume to the water.
This is the standard procedure for a foot soak; now let’s explore some flavored foot soaks, depending on your preferences!
1. Chamomile foot soak
Combine 3-4 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers or 6 chamomile tea bags, 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil, and 3 tablespoons of honey. Dip your feet in this concoction and feel instantly relaxed!
2. Coconut milk foot soak
For this foot soak, combine 1 cup of coconut milk and 10 drops of any essential oil, and soak your feet in it for 30 minutes. So coconuts are not just for exotic sweets and meals!
3. Coffee foot soak
For this foot soak, 2 cups brewed coffee, ½ cup Epsom or sea salt, and 1 cup raw honey and voila! Don’t mistake it for your morning coffee though!
4. Apple cider vinegar foot soak
Mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon olive, almond, or coconut oil and 10-15 drops of essential oil(s) of your choice and soak your feet in this concoction! How does it feel?
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So obviously you are wondering about why you have to put in all this effort to make a foot spa? Let’s see why! From relaxation to improving a person’s mood, owning a foot spa brings out a myriad of benefits to your mind, body, and soul and the treatment has been used by many cultures for centuries. If you’re looking to kick off your shoes after a long day, keep reading because today we’ve answered this question in depth.
A foot spa brings a lot of wonderful benefits not only to the physical body but also to mental health. With just a 15 to 20-minute session a few times per week, you can reap all the benefits and do wonders to your mind and body without a lot of effort.
1. Healthy skin
Cracked heels and calluses on the feet look shabby and unsightly; it gives an impression of poor hygiene. Foot spas remove cracked heels, hardened skin on your feet, and softens the skin.
2. Soothes foot muscles
The warm water in the foot soak mixed with salts and essential oils reduces soreness, tiredness and loosens tension in the muscles. This, in turn, improves the blood circulation of the feet.
3.Relaxed feet and happy soul Foot spas are calming and relaxing which eases tension and melts the pain away. It more effective in comparison to medicines and therapies for anxiety and depression and also relieves mental stress and anxiety. In the HoMedics Foot Spas, jets of water provide a massage in the form of hydrotherapy, which improves blood flow and circulation in the feet.
4. Relief from migraines & headaches Massage therapies effectively treat headaches and a foot rub reduces stress which triggers headaches.
"A massage is just like a movie, really relaxing and a total escape, except in a massage you’re the star. And you don’t miss anything by falling asleep!" - Elizabeth Jane Howard
So not all of us can afford the luxury of visiting a fancy spa and getting a pedicure. The simple tips I've shared are good enough. So go ahead and beautify your feet, because you're with it!
About the Author
Sarika Tainwala is a corporate marketing professional with 6+ years of work experience in Client Servicing, Business Development, and content writing with Imagic Creatives Pvt Ltd, Think IMC, Aegis BPO, and Air Deccan airlines among others. Academically she’s studied – Executive General Management Program (EGMP), IIM, B, Six months of Management Development Program-(YPP) from IIM, K, PGDMM, St. Joseph College of Administration, Bangalore, B.Com- Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.
She’s also a voice-over artist and loves to gym and watches movies. She’s a management professional who turned into a writer and loves reading the romance genre and Indian authors. She aspires to release her own novel someday.