By Tamara Walker of La Coquette Boutique
This is a decidedly non-girly confession for a beauty boutique owner, but I have never had a spa mani-pedi. I simply prefer to take care of my own hands and feet. It’s less expensive, I can do it whenever I want, and I don’t have to worry about whether or not my spa practitioner has properly sterilized all of the tools before my visit.
This is my method for a ten minute treatment that will leave your hands and feet feeling smooth, moisturized and perfectly pampered.
You start by trimming your nails (fingers and toes) straight across and filing them until they are nice and smooth. This is pretty self explanatory, but be sure not to trim them too short along the edges to avoid hang nails.
Now it’s time for a skin buffing product; I am a big fan of Cake Beauty’s Milk Made Smoothing Hand & Cuticle Buffer. Stir it up and massage a teaspoon-sized scoop into your feet, paying special attention to your heels and cuticles. Rub, rub, rub for a minute or two and then rinse your feet. Dry them with a nice fluffy towel and rub on a foot cream. Sticking with the Cake Beauty theme, I really like their Triplemint Foot Crème. It’s minty, but not too minty, and incredibly nourishing. Your feet will feel like butter.
Now, it is time to give your hands some attention. Start by removing any rings (this is a great time to soak your rings in some cleaner so they will be extra sparkly when you put them back on) and massage a scoop of the buffer into your hands, focusing on your cuticles and any rough areas. Rub for a minute or so, then rinse and dry your hands. Choose a nice rich hand cream and massage it into your hands until it has absorbed. I use Cake Beauty’s Milk Made Velveteen Hand Crème and not only does it smell wonderful (raspberry and vanilla), it absorbs quickly leaving my hands perfectly smooth and hydrated.
Now your hands and feet are soft, lovely and they smell fantastic and it only took ten minutes!
Who needs a spa anyway?