What Are the 10 Steps in a Foot Spa Treatment?

Medically Reviewed on 2/1/2022

10 simple steps to perform a foot spa treatment

10 surprising health benefits of foot spa
Learn the 10 steps required in a foot spa treatment to help your feet heal from the stress of everyday life.

  1. Gather all supplies
    • To make the process easier, clear a spot and gather all your supplies before you begin. Running about and looking for things with wet nails would not be enjoyable. So, once you get started, you will want to have everything within reach.
    • Supplies needed for a foot spa include:
      • Hot water tub or professional massager
      • Nail paint remover
      • Cotton swabs
      • Clippers with a straight edge
      • A file with two grits
      • Buffer for nails
      • File for the feet
      • Scrub
      • Lotion or foot cream
      • Soap for the feet or liquid soap
      • Cuticle cream
      • Towel
      • Nail paint
  2. Remove nail paint
    • The first step is removing any existing nail paint.
    • Use lint-free cotton pads and good quality nail paint remover that is free of acetone, paraben, and phthalate. Soak the cotton pad in the remover. Then, rub the moist cotton on the nail for a few seconds before cleaning it away.
  3. Soak feet
    • Soak the feet in warm water for almost 20 minutes. This helps the skin pores open, and the feet become soft to touch. It will be easy to remove unnecessary debris from the feet. You can use a professional massager to soak; it improves blood circulation and helps your muscles relax.
    • Most importantly, set the mood by making your surroundings calm and relaxing. You can add bath salts to the warm bath; they help relax and soothe your muscles.
  4. Tend to cuticles
    • As your feet continue to soak, the cuticles that form at the lower borders of your nails soften. Withdraw one foot from the bath at a time, wipe it dry, and apply a drop of cuticle softener to each nail. Cuticle softeners are frequently made of oil.
    • After leaving the cuticle softener for a while, use a stick to gently push back the cuticles. Never cut them because they are sensitive, and one wrong move may cause injury and bleeding.
  5. Scrape dead skin on soles and remove calluses
    • Remove your feet from water and pat them dry.
    • You may use a range of instruments, including a pumice stone and a foot file to remove dead skin and calluses. Pay special attention to your heels and any other calloused, rough regions.
    • Scrape your feet until they are smooth but do not scrub them raw, which could cause inflammation and discomfort.
  6. Scrub feet and legs (exfoliate)
    • Take a generous amount of scrub and start exfoliating the skin smoothly such that it removes unwanted dead skin cells, polishes your skin, and provides an afterglow.
    • Having regular pedicures will make this a quick process. However, if you have not been to the salon in a while, it may take a little longer.
  7. Massage feet and legs
    • Wipe your legs completely and remove all the product and debris completely from the feet and legs. Massage your toes, feet, and calves well.
    • The massage cream will get slowly absorbed into your skin, moisturizing your toes, feet, and calves thoroughly.
  8. Apply pack
    • Apply a pack to tighten the skin. It is crucial to use a skin tightening pack after every massage. It prevents the skin from getting saggy.
    • You may add elements that brighten the skin in the pack as well, which results in tight, bright, and shiny skin.
  9. Moisturize the feet and legs
    • Use moisturizer to lock in the moisture, as well as the product that seeped into the skin. Moisturizers and other products work slowly and constantly to keep the skin radiant.
    • Moisturizers protect the skin from dust, sunlight, and other irritants.
  10. Trim the nails and apply paint
    • Lastly, trim the nails and apply nail paint, which will give a polished look to your legs. Apply two or more coats of nail paint and let it dry. Apply a top coat to seal in the nail paint, which gives a shiny, long-lasting finish to the nails.

Why use a foot spa treatment?

The legs and feet are relatively the least cared parts of the body considering their contribution to daily life.

Feet are the body’s support system; they ground you and move you through your day. It is easy to take them for granted and forget about them until they hurt or cause trouble.

Paying attention and caring for the feet help them heal from the stress caused by the overbearing loads of work they do.

  • A spa increases blood circulation and improves the health of the skin.
  • A foot spa (pedicure) treatment done by professionals gives you the best results. 
  • However, sometimes, you may do it yourself in the comfort of home and still get good results.

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Medically Reviewed on 2/1/2022
References
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Superloudmouth. Best Home Foot Spa Treatment In 6 Easy Steps. https://www.superloudmouth.com/best-home-foot-spa-treatment/

StyleCraze. How To Do A Foot Spa At Home. https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/how-to-do-a-foot-spa-at-home/