Spa Treatments

Pedicure

Benefit: Soothes sore feet, increases circulation, and reduces swelling.

At-Home Version: Mix a half cup of brown sugar with a half cup of olive oil in a small bowl. Fill a basin with warm water and one-eighth cup of moisturizing body wash (such as Dove All Day Moisturizing Body Wash or Freeman Bare Foot Softening Foot Soak). Buff-dry heels, tops of toes, corns, and calluses. Clip and file toenails. Gently massage a generous handful of the sugar and oil mixture from the heels to the knees. Submerge feet in the basin and rinse legs; soak for 10 minutes. Dry, then apply a moisturizing foot cream (for extra softening, use one with exfoliating properties, like Philosophy Soul Owner Exfoliating Foot Cream or Bliss Foot Patrol). Push back and clear away excess cuticles. Apply polish.

Originally published in the April 2004 issue of Child magazine.

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