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Cosy Toes – Winter foot care

1. Before tackling your rough hard skin, soak your feet in warm water with either some foot bath, bubble bath or a few drops of peppermint essential oil.

2. Use a foot rasp on the damp softened skin to remove the hard patches so as not to damage your skin.

3. Also, use an exfoliant on your feet to finish off the removal of hard skin. Foot scrubs are great but if you don’t have any use a body exfoliant or a homemade mix of olive oil and sugar.

4. Cut your nails whilst they are soft from soaking to make this easier.

5. Remove any rough edges from the nails by filing after cutting.

6. To get the best results when painting your nails, use a hoof stick to push back any cuticles that have grown onto the nail plate.

7. To help with keeping any hard skin at bay, massage foot cream into your feet for 5 minutes to stimulate your circulation to aid absorption and improve skin tone. If you don’t have any foot cream, use a rich body moisturiser.

8. Before applying any varnish to your nails, sweep over with some nail varnish remover to remove any product that may be on the nail plate.

9.Always use a base coat to prevent staining of the nails and also to give an even base for your chosen varnish.

10. Apply two coats of your chosen colour to achieve an even, long-lasting colour

11. Always finish off with a top coat. It gives the nails a lovely shiny finish along with extending the length of time the varnish will last.

This wonderful Blackcurrant and Sage Foot Powder is easy to make and really works.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp dried sage
  • 2 tbsp dried blackcurrant leaves (local health store)
  • 10g kaolin powder (local health store)
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil

What to do

  1. Grind down all the dried herbs with a pestle and mortar, till it becomes a fine powder.
  2. Add the kaolin powder and mix thoroughly. Now add the lemon essential oil and mix again. Allow the powder to dry.
  3. Store the powder in an old body powder dispenser or if you do not have one, a pepper shaker. Ensure the containers are clean and dry prior to use.
  4. Use within 2 months.

Milk Foot Soak

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Whole Milk, warmed
  • 2 Tbsp Epsom Salts
  • 6 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Method

  1. Warm the milk slightly, mix in the Epsom salts and essential oil and add to a warm foot bath.
  2. Soak your feet for 20 minutes.
  3. Dry thoroughly and apply foot cream.

Do not try this if you have any allergies, especially to milk or dairy. 

Always try a small area prior to applying everywhere to ensure no allergic reaction.

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