To perform an Epsom salt pedicure is a no brainer. You might find out that the results are comparable with those of a beauty saloon, however, for just a fraction of the price and in the comfort of your home. These are the steps to follow:
- Remove the nail polish
- Add ½-1 cup of Epsom salt into a tub of warm water. You can add essential oils or some herbs if you wish.
- Soak feet for 10-15 minutes. This will freshen you feet, remove the order and soften the skin and nail as preparation for the next step
- Cut and file nails. Use pumice stone or foot file to remove hard, dead skin from your soles. If the hard skin is too thick, do not try to remove everything at once. To exfoliate the softer skin on your feet, you can rub a handful of Epsom salt into the wet skin. Rinse well.
- Or, if you have time, soak feet in Epsom salt bath for additional 5 minutes to rinse the dead cells. You can repeat the exfoliation phase if there is still a lot of hard skin on your feet.
- When done, dry your skin well, including the skin in-between your toes. Excessive humidity would make the skin more fragile and prone to fungal infection.
- Moisturize your skin with an intensive moisturizer, e.g. petroleum jelly. If you do your pedicure in the evening, put on a pair of cotton socks and leave them on overnight to thoroughly moisturize the skin.
If you are too busy or a little bit lazy for all the steps to follow, then just prepare yourself a simple Epsom salt feet soak by adding ½-1 cup of Epsom salt into a tub of warm or hot water and soak the feet for 10-15 minutes. Your feet still will enjoy many benefits related to the absorption of the magnesium and sulfate through the skin.