DIY @ Home Beauty: Lemon Pedicure

“When Life Gives You Lemons”

Keep lemons in your kitchen for everything from flavouring teas and fish to a natural cleaning agent. Copyright 2012 Erika Emma Reimers.

Keep lemons in your kitchen for everything from flavouring teas and fish to a natural cleaning agent. Copyright 2012 Erika Emma Reimers.

Natural bleaching agent

Pamper yourself with a refreshing lemon pedicure at home!  If your nails are turning a tinge of yellow, the power of lemons may help to remove staining from caused by coloured polish. This sour citrus is a natural cleaning agent and is used internationally in beauty regimes and products. This DIY @ Home Beauty regime works great with lemons that are about to go bad.

Before using lemons to brighten your feet and nails, take a cue from my Bermudian friend who drinks this religiously to stay hydrated! Save a pointed end to juice into a cool glass of lemon water to sip on while you’re soaking your feet. A little juice goes a long way and you’ll soon see how deliciously-easy it is. Just remember to extract as many seeds as possible before using or disposing of the fruit.

Roll your lemons or submerse them in warm water before squeezing to get more juice. Copyright 2012 Erika Emma Reimers.

Roll your lemons or submerse them in warm water before squeezing to get more juice. Copyright 2012 Erika Emma Reimers.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 lemons
  • knife
  • cutting board
  • warm water (comfortably hot)
  • bathtub or small plastic tub
  • 2 towels
  • lemon-juicer* (if desired)

Directions:

Roll the lemons with slight pressure to release some juice from the pulp. Slice your fresh or turning lemons in half and then across again. Save the pointed ends and cut the other two pieces into four pieces as shown below. You will have a total of ten pieces for your lemon pedicure.

Cutting the lemon, as roughly shown above, will achieve a good sized lemon scrub. Copyright 2012 Erika Emma Reimers.

Cutting the lemon, as roughly shown above, will achieve an appropriate-sized lemon scrub. Copyright 2012 Erika Emma Reimers.

You may choose to use all of the lemon for the foot bath, or you can save a piece of the peel to grate* into a zest for a recipe. (Yummy lemon squares recipe coming soon!) Be sure to wash the lemon peel thoroughly before grating. 

Place one towel on the floor to dry spills and fill your bathtub or small plastic tub with warm water so that your ankles are submersed. You can add Epsom salts to your bath – found in any drugstore or pharmacy – for sore feet, which are known to relax aching muscles. Epsom salts also make an excellent exfoliant.

Use the flesh side of the lemon to scrub* your toenails, heels, soles and toes. The pointed end of the lemon makes a great shape for rubbing your toe- and fingernails, whether already juiced into a cool glass of water or not.

Towel dry your feet with the extra towel and remember to moisturize your skin after rinsing

Enjoy your freshly squeezed feet and repeat once or twice a month.

*Tips:

  • Be sure to wash the lemon peel thoroughly before grating. 
  • Extract as many seeds from the pieces of lemon before scrubbing your heels, toes and fingernails as there might be problems later when your finished with the water.
  • Remember to rinse the lemon-juicer from pulp before it dries and becomes nearly impossible to clean off.
Quench your thirst by adding a little freshly squeezed lemon juice to your water to entice your taste-buds and ensure you stay hydrated.

Add a little freshly squeezed lemon juice to your water to entice your taste-buds and ensure you stay hydrated.

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