It’s summertime and I don’t know about you but, lately I’ve been looking at my feet thinking they need some TLC.
As diabetics we should be in a foot checking habit of some sort. I check mine when I bathe. Yet, I could also benefit from a nightly foot massage. An endocrinologist once suggested I get in a routine where I check my feet each day and then give them a 5 minute massage to increase blood circulation.
I’m going to put together a nighttime routine for diabetics and try to follow it for a week or two. I’ll report soon about how that goes.
In the meantime why not give ourselves this amazing pedicure and massage? See below :)
First step is to set the mood. Get some dark chocolate or some nuts or other indulgent but, reasonably healthy snack. I drink mineral water with lime for some reason, It’s like my “thing”. Anyway, don’t forget to put on your favorite relaxing music. Ok now you’re ready!
1. Wash your feet with soap and water so you begin with a (literally) clean slate.
2. Remove any old nail polish and cut your nails if needed. File them if you like.
3. Use a wooden cuticle stick and some cuticle remover gel and gently push back cuticles.
4. Soak your feet in warm soapy water or your favorite indulgent bath soak (I like lavender oil dropped into warm soapy water).
5. Rinse clean and thoroughly dry your feet.
6. Slather on some really thick foot lotion or moisturizing oil (I would suggest using Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream-it will get you the most amazing results AND smells heavenly!)
7. Now, using the stronger parts of your hands like thumbs and palms, massage your feet in gentle but firm circular motions. Pay attention to how certain areas of the foot respond to your massage. Certain areas feel better with more pressing or stroking than others for example. If you really want to get serious check out this link to see a reflexology foot map and see what areas of your foot you may want to focus on while massaging.
8. Use some nail polish remover on a cotton pad or cotton ball and wipe your toenails so they aren’t greasy-otherwise nail polish won’t hold.
9. Apply a clear base and then preferably two coats of nail polish and a top coat. (By the way, I seriously recommend Poshé. It is a powerful top coat and dries your nail polish in record time. I promise its worth the money!)
10. At this point I add another bit of moisturizer and voila!
Go out and enjoy your gorgeous, pampered, and relieved feet. Now they look so good you could surely get someone to massage them for you next time ;)