Holiday Sparkle 101: the perfect at-home pedi

As the weather gets colder, it’s inevitable that your skin will get increasingly scaly and rough. Along with swapping your facial moisturizer for something more emollient and switching your summer shimmer for shea butter, you should also think about your feet. With cozy tights and patterned socks likely keeping your toes covered all winter long, it’s easy to forget that your feet need extra TLC in the winter months – especially after party-hopping in your highest heels!

Sporting sky-high Jimmy Choo pumps with co-host Kelsey Perry Carlsen at our annual holiday bash, Formally Festive {what we wore: Anthropologie}

My favourite way to treat myself (and keep my boyfriend from recoiling at the sight of my bare feet) is to make foot care a once-a-week thing instead of something I think of only when it’s time for a mani/pedi date with the girls. I’ve used a lot of different products, from scrubs to pumice stones to lotions, but had little luck until I tried the airplus line.

The limited-edition Airplus Spa Value Pack, $12.99

The airplus range is designed to work together to give you smooth, moisturized feet with a therapeutic feel. The products I tried were the airplus Pedistone, Scrub, Heel Foot Creme, and Aloe Infused Spa Sock. I’ve been wearing the socks for awhile and have found they’re really cozy and soothing, but when combined with the other products my feet are now baby-soft

Steps to the perfect at-home pedicure:

  1. Remove your old polish and soak your feet in comfortably hot water. You can either use a footbath or, my preference, take a nice hot bath with some bubbles. Soak for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Use a pumice stone to scrub away calluses and rough spots. Pay special attention to your heels and between your toes! I like the Pedistone because it’s a double-sided pumice stone made with 100% pure Indonedian volcanic pumice. The two sides have different levels of coarseness: medium and heavy, which means you can choose the level of abrasion that’s right for you. I start with the coarsest side and finish smoothing with medium coarseness.
  3. Use a orangestick to push back your cuticles. It’s best to do this when the skin is soft. Remember to be gentle!
  4. Pat your feet dry with a towel (if you’re in the tub, rest your feet on the edge for this step!) and use a scrub to exfoliate your feet. The airplus Sugar Scrub is extra-exfoliating and it also contains ingredients to keep your feet soft and moisturized.
  5. Rinse and dry your feet. Apply a thick moisturizer and thick socks to seal it all in. This is where the aloe infused spa socks come in! Massage your feet with the heel foot creme and carefully slip on your socks. For an extra-deep conditioning treatment, you can keep the socks on overnight. If you want to paint your nails right away, try to keep them on for as long as you can.
  6. Cut your toenails straight across to help avoid ingrown nails. File down any rough edges. You can also smooth out ridges on the surface of your nails with a buffer, if needed.
  7. Swipe nailpolish remover across the nails, taking extra care to ensure all traces of oil or moisturizer are removed. This helps the polish adhere to the nail.
  8. Apply your polish in three steps, always ensuring it’s dry between layers. Begin with a base coat, two coats of polish and finish with a topcoat.

In a few simple, therapeutic and relaxing steps, you can have the perfect party-ready pedicure. For extra credit, massage foot cream into your feet each night and cover with socks. You’ll wake up to beautifully soft feet! If you’re interested in picking up these awesome airplus products, you can find them at Shoppers Drug Mart and Zellers Pharmacy. I know I’ll be picking up the Spa Value Pack for my friends this holiday season!

Full disclosure: The Airplus Spa Value Pack was provided to me by the PR company for an honest review. I know you trust my opinion, so rest assured this product is one I personally use and love!