Photo: DIY pedicure for naturally fabulous feet

A DIY pedicure makes for naturally sexy toes! (Credit: rvdh via Flickr)

Want a spring pedicure? Committed to green living? Don't despair! You can pretty your toes and love them, too.

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Do away with petroleum-derived paraffin treatments, environmentally damaging cuticle-removing formulas and toxic nail polish! Even cracked heels can be cured at home.

Find everything you need for silky smooth feet and shiny nails in your pantry.

Five-step, natural DIY pedicure

1. Soak your feet in warm lemon water — the ascorbic acid loosens dead skin cells. Clean and trim your nails.

2. Whip up a batch of your favourite exfoliating scrub (like my brown sugar body wash) and massage each foot vigourisly. For a little more grit, combine equal parts coffee, carrier oil and sea salt with a splash of your favourite essential oil (vanilla, ground cinnamon or lemon work, too).

3. Slather your feet in moisturizing coconut oil, wrap them in a warm towel (or thick socks) and put them up for half an hour. For amazing results, leave the oil and socks on overnight!

4. Carefully push back cuticles with a non-metal tool. Cuticles protect your nails; cutting them leaves you defenceless against bacterial infection.

5. Give nails a final massage with almond or jojoba oil and gently buff them for a naturally healthy sheen. If you want polish, choose one of the many non-toxic alternatives now widely available

Here's to dirty toes in the garden and pretty toes in flip flops! Ah, spring!

Tovah Paglaro, Queen of Green

P.S. Comment with your favourite DIY body tip for a chance to win Nut Butter Coconut Supreme courtesy of NavInspired. The jar is sitting on my desk, and it smells seriously (and naturally) amazing!

June 13, 2013

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Nov 17, 2015
8:53 PM

I stopped using canned food, I use and ACV and thyme face toner, and make cookies with things like nut butters and chia seeds. We have no snow so I am super grateful that my walking season is extended yay.

Aug 14, 2013
11:19 AM

Congratulations, Amber! You are the winner of some Nut Butter Coconut Supreme courtesy of NavInspired. This contest is now closed.

Jun 19, 2013
3:22 AM

I find apricot oil also works wonders and smells fabulous.

Jun 18, 2013
12:19 PM

Great tips! I also cut up fresh citrus fruit like grapefruit, lemons and limes and soak my feet in warm water mixed with essential oils. My favourite DIY body tip is using grapeseed oil as make-up remover. Works like a charm even on waterproof mascara.

Jun 16, 2013
2:24 PM

What a fantastic idea, I am so excited to treat myself to one of these as a post-exam celebration :) My favourite body tip for the summer is to use pur aloe vera gel (directly from the plant is best) as a toner after cleansing my face. It is very refreshing and soothing after a hot day, and keeps my skin feeling fresh!

Jun 15, 2013
12:13 PM

And how do you remove the non-toxic nail polish?

Jun 15, 2013
7:46 AM

This is great! I also recommend the scrubs from Rocky Mountain Soap Company. I use their products including sugar scrubs/ exfoliators.

Jun 14, 2013
6:42 PM

I have to say coconut oil has been my saviour, I use it all the time. However, I’m really happy with borax and water as shampoo with a vinegar rinse. I even have darker hair growing back!

Jun 14, 2013
10:48 AM

I use Olive Oil to remove eye makeup :)

Jun 14, 2013
10:22 AM

Great tips!

But my favourite part of a pedicure is that it feels so nice to have someone else do it for me. Do you have any recommendations on where to get a green pedicure from in Vancouver?

Jun 14, 2013
10:20 AM

Use plain old leftover coffee grinds in the shower and scrub your whole body. Leaves your skin super soft!

Jun 14, 2013
9:19 AM

Coconut oil is the bomb! My thyroid, I’m told, is borderline, as is my weight. I’ve been cooking with it regularly in anything I’m fine with a coconutty taste and last time at the docs was told my thyroid was fine. =) At most I use it approx. 2 x a week, so that is a great response!

I don’t seem to have lost much weight, but my waistline has grown a bit smaller as well. I ck’d a website (found Dr. Oz’s) and he says it helps reduce your belly fat, so hooray for me!

It is awesome on my skin, I use it for any dry patches (knees, elbows as well as feet) and it works at least as well as any high-nourishing creme.

Be sure to get organic, cold pressed, as that is the best and the best for you.

Jun 14, 2013
9:15 AM

My favourite DIY body tip is to make my own body wash and shampoos from scratch with KOH, oils and other natural ingredients and using apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse once a week.

Jun 14, 2013
9:08 AM

My favourite eco body tip is to rub my lips with honey to gently exfoliate them!

Jun 14, 2013
9:00 AM

Actually I know an even better one. Fill a bowl (large enough for both feet to sit comfortably in water) with warm water (as hot as you can tolerate) and dissolve 2-3 heaped tablespoonfuls of Bicarb Soda and soak feet for about 10 to 20 min, depending on the condition of the feet. ALL the dead skin will have turned to ‘cream’ and can be wiped off easily, leaving you with soft new feet.

Jun 14, 2013
8:59 AM

I make my own body scrub.. 1 cup sea salt and 1/2 cup baby oil ( or mineral oil with some essential oil) leave in container over night then use:).. I definitely will try your DIY pedi tips! :)

Jun 14, 2013
8:49 AM

This sounds amazing, I can’t wait to try it!

All my life my mother always told me to wash my face twice a day, and so i did but with Clinique products. I now have realized how many chemicals are in those products, and they were making my rosacea worse and worse…so I have been using just raw honey to wash my face and olive oil to moisturize. Now I don’t even have to wear makeup because my skin is barely red or bothered! I recommend it to everybody!

Jun 13, 2013
8:27 PM

Jojoba oil in the bath water eliminates the need for body lotion, and washing one’s face with coconut oil and a warm washcloth removes all traces of makeup — and leaves skin feeling great, too.

Jun 13, 2013
6:46 PM

My favourite DIY body tip is using baking soda, water and essential oil to wash my hair. In the summer I like to use peppermint oil for extra freshness that hopefully doesn’t attract bees and in the winter I like lavender which is subtle and feminine. It’s easy to prepare, thrifty and won’t contaminate the water when it enters the water system and returns to the river. Thinking of the future generations.

Jun 13, 2013
5:32 PM

Great advice for pretty toes!

I didn’t know that about cuticles. I hate to admit though, they do look good when they’re trimmed.

My favourite DIY body treatment is a body scrub with coffee grounds and olive oil. You can use the coffee grounds that you’ve used in your morning coffee. It makes a great moisturizing scrub and helps reduce whisper cellulite.

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