June 24, 2013
If you're looking for the most posh way to enjoy a mani-pedi this bikini season, aside from wearing peach or pink professional nail polish, then you've come to the right place. The experts at Cosmopolitan magazine recently dished on the best exfoliants for your hands and feet, and let's just say, the items used are good enough to eat.
For a delectable pedicure, you'll need various ingredients to make a soak, exfoliant and nourishing moisturizer. To begin, grab a bowl or small tub big enough for your feet to fit in, and then add a gallon of warm water into the container. Next, pour in 4 cups of pineapple juice and let it sit for a few minutes before soaking.
In the meantime, you can prepare the exfoliant, which consists of 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup coconut oil and 2 slices of fresh pineapple. Finish the prep work by grabbing your favorite moisturizer or oil like the Mandara Spa Honeymilk Dreams Nourishing Hand Cream to lock in moisture following the pedicure.
After you've removed all old nail polish and filed your toenails, it's time to enjoy a good soaking. According to the experts, it's best to keep your feet in the mixture for about five minutes before doing any extras to your toes, such as pushing the cuticles back. When the allotted time is up, your feet will be ready for exfoliation.
Following the soak, grab the pineapple slices and start to rub and massage them over your feet, between your toes and even up your calves a bit for a totally relaxing experience. Next, grab a scoop of the sugar/coconut oil mix and start to scrub your feet, rubbing a bit harder at your heels to remove any excess skin. Moving your hands in a circular motion may offer best results.
After you feel like your feet have been fully exfoliated, wash them off under warm water and then apply your go-to lotion all over them to lock in moisture. Finish the pampering with a fresh coat of nail polish.
Though nothing beats getting a professional pedicure, the pros at Hause Liste recommend keeping fresh pineapple at your home, since the enzymes in the fruit are some of the best natural exfoliants around.
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