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Cynthia Washington

My goal is to share ALL the knowledge I have obtained over the last nine years about hair, skin and nails with everyone who is "Mane conscious"!

Today's topic is all about feet!  Now before you go gathering up all those fabulous sandals let's take a look at those heels and toes! :-)  I am not trying to be funny here, but I'm surprised at how many women I've already seen walking around with unsightly crud on their heels and chipped polish on their toes.

Ladies I will tell you about some economical yet effective products I use and the regimen that has helped me maintain well manicured feet.

Items needed:

Inflatable foot bath - This item is perfect for doing an oil soak pedicure.  Sally Hansen's Just Feet Inflatable Foot Bath is really nice.  It's light weight easy to clean just deflate fold and store.

Extra virgin olive oil (evoo), honey, and unrefined Shea butter - evoo and honey can be purchased at any local grocery store.  Unrefined Shea butter can be purchased at lotioncrafters.com  for $5.75 a pound, and every mane conscious individual should have some on hand!

If you have rough heels and or calluses on the bottom of your feet (which was my case) I am recommending two things.  Purchase a pumice stone and try to use it everyday.  Use it when you take a shower or bath over time this will remove all dead skin, especially on heels.  The second is Calgon Ahh Spa Feet Retreat renewing foot scrub.  It removes dead dry skin almost instantly when applied to dry feet. 

The regimen:
First use Calgon Ahh Spa Feet Retreat renewing foot scrub then wash your feet.  Remember to use the pumice stone on all your trouble spots. Dry your feet put on a pair of flip flops and head to kitchen.  Grab a microwave safe bowl and pour 6 to 8 ounces of evoo, add 2 tablespoons of honey, and a half teaspoon of Shea butter.  Warm the mixture for approximately 1 to 2 minutes.  The oil should be warm NOT hot.

Pour the oil into your inflatable foot bath and now you are ready to soak!   Get comfortable maybe grab a magazine, book or watch your favorite television show.  I recommend to lay back, clear your mind and relax your feet for 30 minutes or more.  Do not forget to grab a towel you will need one when you are done soaking.  Once done soaking lift one foot from the oil at a time.  Allow most of the oil to drip back into the foot tub.  Now grab your towel and gently blot off some of the remaining oil.  Massage the remaining residue oil into your foot, nail bed, and cuticles on your toes then slip on a clean cotton sock or footie.  Repeat steps on the other foot and you are finished. :-) 

Go ahead make time for yourself!  Put in the extra effort to achieve soft supple feet that will dazzle, and make you feel great too!!

Tip:  Before going to bed at night rub a small amount of castor oil (Jamaican black) or Jojoba oil onto your feet to maintain suppleness.

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