Foot care tips

Foot care
Foot care

Foot care

At tranquil Granny Mouse Country House & Spa treat yourself to an ultra-soothing spa treatment for the busiest part of your body - your feet.

“We are open every day” says Granny Mouse GM Sean Granger. “And, we have a 30% discount on all treatments every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until the end of September 2024. We also have other specials that include either complimentary spa treatments or spa discounts.”

Granny Mouse Spa facilities include a steam room, jacuzzi and a hydrotherapy bath, but if you can’t get away, we have some tips.

With a little time and effort, and a few supplies you can find at your local pharmacy, you can give yourself a fabulous foot makeover at home.

What You Will Need

·         Non-acetone polish remover

·         Aromatherapy oil

·         Emollient moisturizer

·         Toenail scrub brush

·         Pumice stone, callus file, or emery board

·         Stainless steel nail clipper

·         A cuticle pusher or orange stick

·         2kg of food-grade paraffin wax

·         Double boiler or portable paraffin wax bath

·         Reliable candy thermometer

·         Pair of socks

·         Box of plastic cling wrap

·         Towels

Step 1: Remove Your Toenail Polish

Stripping nail polish allows you to inspect your toenails and look for any problems, such as onychomycosis (nail fungus) or hangnails. It's best to use a non-acetone polish remover. Polish removers containing acetone are very harsh on the nails and may cause the thinning of the nail plate and the formation of unsightly ridges.

Every now and then, you should give your toenails a break from nail polish. Keeping your toenails constantly painted may cause them to become discoloured. If that does happen, leave them bare for a couple of weeks. They should soon return to their normal colour.

Step 2: Soak Your Feet

A relaxing foot soak for 15 to 20 minutes will do wonders for your feet. You can add aromatherapy oils to the tub of water if you choose, but it's not necessary. Soaking your feet will loosen dry scales and soften the thick, hardened layers of skin on your heels, toes, and balls of your feet.

There are no rules as to how often you should do it. You can soak your feet every day if you enjoy it—especially if your feet are sore from being on them a lot.

If you are concerned about calluses, try soaking your feet for 30 minutes two or three times a week to soften them.

Do not use water that is too hot. It can cause the skin to become dry and crack as the water quickly evaporates and draws moisture from the outermost protective layer of the skin. Use a toenail brush to gently scrub your toenails at the end of the soak.

Step 3: Trim Your Calluses and Corns

After the soak, use a pumice stone, emery board, or callus file to gently reduce corns and calluses. It may take a few trimmings before you can remove all of the hardened skin. Take care not to cut or file your skin too deeply.

Removing calluses can help prevent cracks from forming, but trimming too much can cause the skin to split if pressure is applied to overly thin tissues. This not only causes pain and bleeding but also can increase the risk of infection. Remember that your goal is to remove dead skin cells, not healthy tissue.

Take It Slow

If it has been a long time between pedicures, don't try to remove calluses and corns in one sitting (you may not be able to do so

anyway.) Instead, break up the task over the course of two or three treatments every four to six weeks.

Step 4: Trim Your Toenails

Use a stainless-steel nail clipper to trim your toenails. To prevent over-trimming, cut the toenails straight across. Then gently round the corners with an emery board.

You can push your cuticles back, but make every effort to avoid cutting them. Most dermatologists will tell you that there is no good reason to cut your cuticles. Cutting cuticles not only increases the risk of splitting and bleeding but also provides easier access for bacteria and fungus to the nail bed.

Step 5: Give Yourself a Wax Treatment

A paraffin wax treatment will make your feet feel incredibly soft. The warmth of the wax helps increase blood flow and opens up the pores in the skin. When your pores are open, they are able to absorb more moisture.

A portable paraffin wax bath ensures the wax temperature never exceeds 52°C. There are also pre-packaged paraffin wax kits that can save you the hassle of having to break down a large block of wax and melt it in a double boiler.

Once the wax bath has begun to cool, wrap your feet in a towel to retain the therapeutic heat for a while longer.

Use only food-grade paraffin. Additives like stearic acid, colouring, and perfumes can increase the melting point of the wax and cause skin irritation.

Step 6: Moisturize and Massage Your Feet

To finish your foot spa treatment, apply an emollient moisturizer to your feet. The softened tissues will better absorb the emollients in the lotion and ensure softer, well-hydrated feet.

Gently massage your feet as you apply the lotion, stretching tendons in the toe joints and the arch of your feet. This is especially useful if you have plantar fasciitis, a disorder of the tissue that supports the arch.

After applying lotion, put on a pair of socks or wrap your feet in plastic wrap for an hour or two. Known as occlusive therapy, this step ensures better absorption of the lotion—a big plus if you have dry, flaky feet.

Alternatively/additionally: try a weekly foot soak with Epsom salt and lemon. Epsom salt is known to detoxify and soften the skin. The acid from the lemon juice helps to remove dead skin. Plus, it smells amazing!

Foot Soak Ingredients:

·         1 lemon (juice and peel)

·         2 tablespoons vinegar (white or apple cider)

·         3 cups Epsom Salt

Foot Soak Instructions

Add lemon juice, vinegar, and Epsom salt to a tub of warm water.

Use the insides of the lemon to clean the feet.

Soak feet for 10-15 minutes.

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