It's cold outside and you and your daughter are in need of a pick-me-up. Why not plan a spa day at home so you’ll can pamper each other and strengthen that mother-daughter bond?
Plan: You can create a luxurious at-home spa with surprisingly few items.
The main things you will need are:
- A container (big and wide enough to work as a foot bath)
- Toe separators
- A foot file
- A nail file
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Your favorite nail polish
Step one: Get some sea salt and some fresh herbs, like thyme (which has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties), and mint (a coolant which can help soothe painful feet) and put some warm water in a foot-bath style container.
Step two: Add the sea salt and herbs to the water. Use your foot file to remove any dry skin on the soles of your feet before soaking them in the water for five to ten minutes. Be careful to make sure the water isn't too hot or cold.
Step three: Take your feet out, dry thoroughly and enjoy a little pre-polish pedicure. If you have an orange stick, use it to push your cuticles back. Take a nail clipper and cut your toenails – straight rather than arched – and use a nail file to shape.
Step four: Now it’s time to paint your toenails. Use the toe separator to avoid any smudging and then apply your favorite nail polish with vertical strokes. Wait until dry and then apply another coat.
After: And there you have it… a relaxing afternoon for two at Spa Chez Moi. If you have any leftover unused mint, treat yourselves to a relaxing cup of mint tea. You deserve it after all that hard work!