Ed. Note: She did it again, my darling Marsi. She now has us covered from head-to-toe with her beauty rituals. Wednesday I have an appointment with my med-ped man — young, very cute, if he is in a good mood he’ll throw in an extra minute or two on the final cream “massage” — to do all of the work Marsi did for herself. He is allowed, by law (and a diploma) to use sharp, shiny objects to do the dirty work.
When I leave his tiny cabinet I feel pristine clean. Just like Marsi, I leave my feet without polish for a few days to admire his fine artistry and my sweet feet. Every time I leave him he exhorts me to please, please, please “put cream on your feet.” Every time I promise I will. Then I do and then I don’t.
I’m not keen to admit this, but … it’s been a while since I’ve taken good and proper care of my feet. Sure, I’ve kept up on keeping my toenails polished so that my feet look acceptable from a distance, but up close, things were, shall we say, suboptimal.So last night, with my husband and teenage son both off doing their own thing, the time was nigh to take matters into my own hands and fix my feet.
We all know how to do a basic pedicure. I won’t pretend we don’t. But there are a few things that made a real difference, which I want to share.
When I bought this 13 or 14 years ago, it cost me a small fortune. But this diamond-dusted buffer smooths and softens my feet like nothing else in the world, and it still looks and performs as well as the day I got it. Diamonds really are forever!
Now for the best part. When Victoria from Bois de Jasmin posted a recipe for a homemade sugar scrub with rosewater and vanilla a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted to try it. (Rosewater, you had me at “hello.”) It’s an all-over body scrub, but I just used it on my feet and ankles. It’s simple and inexpensive to make, and you can customize it as you’d like — salt instead of sugar, orange blossom water instead of rosewater, almond essence instead of vanilla, whatever. Best of all, it’s so silkening. My feet are like a newborn baby’s.
I slept in thin cotton socks to lock in the oil from my sugar scrub treatment and to protect my bed linens against oil stains.
This morning, my feet look so healthy, youthful, and sweet that I’m not even going to polish my toenails. I’ll just enjoy how pretty they look au naturel.