Truth be told, I’ve never been one of those girls who goes for a bi-weekly or monthly pedicure. I danced my entire life, studying and then instructing mostly barefoot through my late teens and early twenties, and calluses were like a badge of honor that kept my feet from going raw when leaping and turning from class to class. Getting a splash of polish was pointless because it would scrape right off, and I guess I just never really got into the habit of taking care of my feet (that sounds so gross, huh?!). Even now with my dancing days behind me, I really cannot justify spending $30something dollars on something that I can easily do by myself at home, and my trips to the nail salon are usually reserved for a summer wedding or beach vacation.
Obviously the “ease” in giving myself a full pedi at home has become a bit difficult with the
basketball 35 week old baby that’s currently taking up temporary residency in my belly, but man oh man have the weekly Epsom salt baths that I’ve been indulging in these past few weeks been such a lovely treat for my feet throughout this final trimester.
Epsom salt foot baths are natural and anti-inflammatory, and can safely provide relief from common pregnancy aches and pains, leg cramps and muscle tension. I recently started pairing my weekend foot bath routine with the Amopé Pedi Perfect and Amopé Foot Cream, and my feetsies have never been happier, softer or smoother.
Amopé, which is Portuguese for “love your feet”, is a brand that enables women to #RespectUrFeet, enhance your at-home foot care routine and enjoy every step of the journey that life takes you on. The Pedi Perfect is a fancy little handheld battery-operated gadget with a rotating pumice that gently buffs away dead skin cells, and the Foot Cream is a yummy lotion that nourishes and moisturizes the skin of the feet. Both are brand new products that can be found in the foot care aisle at Target.
My preggo-pedi routine starts with a hot foot bath in the tub where I add a ½ cup of Epsom salt, a ½ cup of coarse salt, and 4 drops of an essential oil (lavender and lemon are my favorites). I sit in a chair near the tub and swing my legs over the side of it to soak my feet in the hot bath water while trying to get comfortable and possibly relax for about ten minutes. Once the water has cooled, I dry my feet thoroughly and then buff them with the Amopé Pedi Perfect. Being able to perch my feet on the side of the tub to do this really helps and alleviates the discomforts of trying to reach my feet with an 8 month preggo belly in the way. After my feet are buffed I run them under hot water again to wash away the ugly dead skin, I pat them dry, and then massage the Amopé Foot Cream onto my lower legs and feet, utilizing the side of the tub the entire time to then finish off my preggo-pedi with a quick cut, buff and polish of my toes.
I’ll spare you a photo of my sausage toes, okay? You’re welcome. ;) Do you have a favorite essential oil, nail polish color or at-home pedi tip? Share it in a comment below :)
*Between 11/9 and 11/22, if you purchase one Pedi Perfect (have you started Christmas shopping yet?) you’ll receive a $5 Target gift card, and you can also score 10% off your Amopé Pedi Perfect by using this offer in the Cartwheel app: http://cartwheel.target.com/offer/20185.