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One of the hardest working parts of the body are our feet. Not only do they carry us, propel us, and at times cure us through acupuncture and pressure points — they clue others into our hygienic lifestyles, either in well-manicured coiffed styles or unkempt ashen roughness.
I can recall recently a young lady coming into an interview in a beautiful white suit and cute open-toed shoes; however, her feet were unpleasant. One thinks, “if they aren’t taking care of their feet, will they take care of my business or let it go?” Another example hails from Hollywood, and straight from the 1992 movie Boomerang.
Remember the scene when Eddie Murphy pulled the sheet back after a hot night with his date and surprisingly it exposed her unattractive feet? I can remember it clearly; a hammer-toed, corn-infested conundrum of a mess.
While we’re not ones entirely to judge, there’s a way for you to stay on top of your pedi game this Thanksgiving — once you take a break from “mom-aging,” and all of the other time-consuming priorities of life.
Aligning perfectly with the Thanksgiving holiday, we have an ah-mazing pumpkin foot scrub that takes one minute to whip up and as little as ten minutes to enjoy. This holiday-inspired foot treatment is pedi-perfect and will transform your feet overnight. Enter spa-like bliss by carrying out this ritual in your own time while listening to music, after a bath, or during your favorite television show. Trust us, your feet will thank us.
“Pumpkins are more than just for carving on Halloween,” As U Wish Nail Spa owner Skyy Hadley notes. “They’re rich in vitamins and nutrients and can do wonders for your feet! They contain various enzymes that help nourish and brighten the skin, and just by adding raw sugar you have a perfect foot scrub.”
PUMPKIN FOOT SCRUB
1 can pureed pumpkin
1 cup plain yogurt
½ cup raw sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon olive oil
To begin, mix pureed pumpkin in a bowl. Stir in yogurt, honey, sugar and olive oil. Prior to applying the mixture, wash your feet in warm water, and while your feet are moist, apply the scrub using your hands in a circular motion. Massage the mask onto your feet for 10 minutes on each foot and remove with warm water and a washcloth. Have your towels ready beforehand because your feet will be covered in orange magic.
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Place half the mixture into two large plastic bags, similar to the ones used at salons for parrafin wax treatments. Place each foot in a bag and relax while you enjoy the pumpkin foot mask for 30-45 minutes.
Wrap warmed towels that have been steamed in the microwave for 15-20 seconds or using hot water from the faucet around each foot and ankle for a deeper treatment.
With dry towels nearby, pull each bag along the contour of your foot trapping the mixture in the bag to be discarded and wipe away as much of the mixture as you can with your towel. Then rinse, gently pat dry and voila! Hello beautiful, shiny feet.
The pumpkin foot scrub is a great solution to the “de-Feet” we often feel when time and priorities get the best of us. With this simple puree mixture, turn “de-Feet” into a victory successfully this Thanksgiving season.