Our feet have it pretty rough. They drew the short straw and are tasked with balancing and carrying our entire body weight. Treating your feet to an easy DIY pedicure is a fun and easy way to feel like a new woman, plus your feet will feel and look great.
4 Benefits of a DIY Pedicure
Enjoy healthier skin ~ you’ll help soften and reduce callouses and other visible skin, issues such as dryness and inflammation. You’ll also clean and exfoliate your skin, giving you that nice clean and smooth feeling.
Improves blood flow ~ giving your feet and lower legs a massage (whip that partner into action!) will help your lymph nodes remove and process toxins.
Your feet will look great ~ well groomed feet and nails is a sign of wellness. A lack of foot care and general hygiene can promote the growth of fungi and unsightly skin issues.
It’s relaxing ~ treating your feet to a DIY pedicure is a perfect way to relax the muscles and joints in your feet. This is especially noticeable if you’re a frequent sufferer of sore feet at the end of a working day.
8 Steps to an Easy DIY Pedicure
Start with a clean slate ~ (optional) use your normal technique to remove any nail polish. Recommended if you’ve got a lot of regrowth or otherwise flaky/chipped polish.
Soak your feet ~ fill a suitably sized container with comfortably hot water. There should be enough water to soak both feet up to your ankles. Add a heaped tablespoon of our special 100% natural foot scrub blend and mix into water. Place feet into water and soak. The longer the better :)
Cuticle check ~ while your feet are soaking it’s the perfect time to do a quick cuticle scan. Make sure they’re looking good and push any misbehaving cuticles into a nice and round shape as required.
Scrub your feet ~ take out each foot, one at a time, and apply some minty foot scrub. You only need a teaspoon or so for each foot. Rub all over both the underside and top of your feet. Pay special attention to especially rough areas such as your heels or any calloused areas. Rub some between your toes too!
Soak and rub ~ give your feet another quick soak and rub them all over. At this stage they’ll feel super soft and smooth. Feel free to add more hot water if necessary, especially if you’re really taking your time.
Towel dry ~ use a soft and clean towel and pat your feet dry. Don’t vigorously rub your feet with a towel as this may irritate your freshly exfoliated skin. Make sure you dry in between your toes.
Apply foot balm ~ for the final and ultimate touch in your DIY pedicure apply some 100% natural minty foot balm. This will create a nourishing barrier and your fresh skin will absolutely love it. It smells great and will leave your feet feeling fresh, tingly and warm. This is also the perfect time for a foot massage if you can convince the other half to deliver.
Put your socks on ~ finally, put on a pair of clean cotton socks. Cotton is breathable and will lock the foot balm in, preventing it from rubbing onto other surfaces such as the carpet/floor, or if you’re truly blessed – the couch/bed.
There you have it! Giving yourself a DIY pedicure at home is super easy. All you need is some basic feet care products and some time to dedicate to yourself.
100% Natural Products for Your Feet
Our minty foot care products are perfect for giving yourself the perfect DIY pedicure. Our minty foot scrub and matching foot balm are 100% natural and made right here in New Zealand. We use a specific blend of natural ingredients, including essential oils selected for their anti-fungal and anti-septic properties. Using these products will make your feet smell, feel and look amazing!
Do you ever feel like winter gets the better of you? We look forward to a break from the summer heat, but once the cold sets in it can be a real shock to the system! Don’t let winter get to you, here are some winter skin essentials to help you embrace the cold and enjoy the winter chill.
Sunscreen ~ first things first, make sure to protect your skin skin from the sun! It may seem trivial but take it from me, looking after your skin and protecting it from the sun is something you should always take into consideration. If you’re planning on spending some extended time outdoors, slap on some sunscreen!
Pick good product ~ be mindful of the product that you’re using. Generally, choosing a natural product is much better for your skin in the long run. Big brand expensive products aren’t necessarily any better than naturally produced and simpler product. The most important thing is how your skin responds to the product and how good it makes your feel, not how expensive it is.
Moisturise more ~ you’ve probably got a preferred product that you’ve been using over the spring and summer. That’s great, but keep in mind that the air becomes colder and drier during winter. You might have to increase how frequently you moisturise to keep your skin from suffering from dryness. As the changes in season occur, you might want to consider changing your favourite products to reflect this. We recommend looking for an oil-rich product in order to really lock in moisture and help combat the dry air.
The Perfect Winter Companion
One of our Whipped Shea Body Butters will deliver the exact sort of nourishment that your skin needs during winter time. We recommend an oil-rich product such as this because oils tend to lock in moisture for a lot longer compared to lotions (which are usually water-based). This is perfect when the air is so cold and dry!
We offer these in 5 amazing fragrances, plus an unscented variant which is perfect if you have sensitive skin or if you don’t want any fragrances interfering with your perfume.
I’ve been on a mission lately to find some basic skin facts and what I found has’t disappointed. It’s ironic that we usually don’t appreciate it, but our skin is actually an incredibly complex (and large) organ. On average, every square inch (about 6cm²) holds a few hundred sweat glands, many blood vessels, 60 000 pigmented skin cells and more than a thousand nerve endings. Considering it’s no more than 2mm thick it does a pretty amazing job of protecting us from the outside environment, keeping our body temperature constant, converting the sun’s energy into vitamins, storing water & fats, removing waste and sending sensations.
The skin is made up of 3 layers (the epidermis, the ‘horny layer’ and the dermis). Each layer works in harmony with others and their respective environments. It constantly works, every second of every day, to renew itself and go about the functions mentioned above. Anything that throws off the functioning of one layer will in turn throw off the balance of this 3-part system. Understanding this lets us appreciate how complex our skin is and why simply lathering mismatched products onto it might not help with issues like dry skin. Below are some of my favourite basic skin facts!
Awesome (but slightly gross?) Basic Skin Facts to Appreciate
Your entire skin is replaced every 28 days.
In order to reach this hefty goal skin sheds about 30 000 to 40 000 dead cells every minute.
This means that an average human sheds about 4kg of dead skin every year.
About 15% of our total body weight comes from skin.
Skin is adaptive; when exposed to frequent pressure or fiction it will reinforce itself, this is what we commonly know as callus.
Changes in skin conditions often reflect overall health conditions, therefore any skin condition should be taken seriously.
Many skin nerves don’t connect directly to the brain; instead they join nearby muscles and send signals to the spinal cord. This allows faster reaction time when responding to stimuli such as pain or heat.
Scar tissue doesn’t just look different to normal skin, it also has no sweat glands or hair.
In hot weather it’s possible for skin to sweat up to 10 liters over a day (please drink heaps of water).
Over time the brain of a blind person will rewire itself so that touch stimuli are processed in the visual cortex (which usually processes vision), this is why blind people ‘see’ the world with their hands.
Every inch of skin on your body is designed with a particular strength and elasticity for its position. Thus, the skin on your tummy is very different from the skin on your hands.
The horrors of dry skin are well known to womankind. How to get rid of dry skin? We’ve been conditioned to view this as a major issue, but the good news is that it isn’t too difficult to help you skin feel good again! Usually when we want to combat dry skin we turn to a mass-produced product full of all sorts of ingredients. In most cases, while these products might give the appearance of providing moisture in the short term, the problem itself still exists within the system. Indeed, healthy skin most definitely is not a quick fix. If you truly want to know how to get rid of dry skin then it’s also a good idea to have a general idea of how skin works.
The Basics to Dry Skin
It’s basic advice and you’ve probably heard it before, but for most people proper skin care starts with being hydrated. This of course means, drink more water! If you’re a healthy person with a healthy lifestyle then it’s likely that your skin will be able to look after itself just fine. While this is ideally the case, the reality is that our lifestyles are often hectic and our general health might not necessarily be as good as we’d like. Hey, we’re all at least a little guilty of this, don’t feel too bad ;)
Tight and Scaly Skin
Usually this is due to your skin’s oil barrier losing its effectiveness. This is most often caused by shifts in our environment such as fluctuations between warm/cold and humid/dry seasonal changes. Instead of letting skin readjust itself we often cover it with a synthetic oily film which physically blocks water loss. This of course gives the appearance of more moisture (due to less water loss), but it’s not a healthy way to help your skin. It gets worse when we follow up with other products which contain petrochemicals, dyes (in the case of makeup) and other invasive chemicals.
How to Treat Dry Skin
It’s important to feed dry skin with natural substances that resemble the skin’s own oils and properties. Essential fatty acids, oily (but not necessarily heavy) and triglyceride-rich substances work best, provided that they aren’t also supplied in conjunction with other undesirables (ie, petrochemicals and so on). Therefore, the best way to combat dry skin is to remain well hydrated throughout the day, and if you do choose to apply any topical products, then be sure to use natural products that contain no synthetic chemicals. Really, the simpler the better in terms of product ingredients. That’s why we strive to keep it simple!
Our Solution for Dry Skin
How to get rid of dry skin? Our Body Butter really is the perfect product for dry skin, or any general skin issues. It’s very rich in natural oils and butters all of which our skin really loves. If you want to get rid of dry skin then our body butters will really help. These butters are fantastic all-rounders, they’re 100% natural, locally made and are fragranced with pure essential oils. Our current favourite is Rose Geranium, if you love the smell of fresh roses then you’ll love this too!