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A DIY Pedicure for Your Post-Holiday Downtime

Dec 26, 2013

A DIY Pedicure for Your Post-Holiday Downtime

After all that shopping, cooking, wrapping, dancing and ice skating, your poor feet are probably feeling the holiday blitz as much as your waistline is. Once all the party platters are dried and put away, and all the new toys and treats are tucked away, treat yourself to a ridiculously easy DIY pedicure with all-natural ingredients that you probably have at home already. 

Start by removing your polish and soaking your feet, either in the tub or in a wide, shallow bucket. Fill it with hot water and some bath salts, regular salt, or a few drops of essential oils. I like lavender because it smells so relaxing, or eucalyptus or peppermint oils for their springy zing. After a 10 minute soak, exfoliate your feet from heel to toe with a combination of salt and olive oil--about 1 teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of oil for each foot. This will leave your skin incredibly polished and luxuriously smooth. Slather on some rich moisturizer if you feel you need it (the olive oil should make them feel pretty soft on it's own), and put on a pair of thick socks for a 10 minute intensive treatment. 

Now's the big decision: open-toe sandals or pumps on New Year's Eve? If you're going open-toe, choose a festive nail color that says party time, like a glittery sheen or fire-engine red. If you choose to go closed-toe, you might want to give your nails a rest from polish and simply buff them with a few extra drops of olive oil so they're smooth and shiny. I see a New Year's resolution coming on--weekly at-home pedicures. They're time and money saving, and what could be better than that? 

For more at-home pedicure tips, check out YouTube star Michelle Phan's video tutorial. And for some nail art inspiration, click through the slidehow above.

By Biba Milioto

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