Giving yourself a pedicure at home does not mean you have to sacrifice relaxation, quality, or indulgence. You can recreate almost everything a pedicure technician would treat your feet and legs to in the comfort of your own home. And if doing so saves you the costly charges of regular pedicures and upkeep, this option seems that much more appealing.
Before you get started, make sure you have the right tools on hand. Everything you’ll need can be found in a corner pharmacy or beauty supply store, and most of these items might already be hiding under your sink or in your linen closet.
You’ll need: a nail file, a foot file or pumice stone, a foot bath or large plastic bowl, cotton balls, nail polish, remover, towels, nail polish and color base, body moisturizer, toe separators, nail clipper, and foat soak. Peppermint foot products are available from a wide range of retailers in various price points, so choose your favorite moisturizers, scrubs, or soaks to create a relaxing spa experience at home.
Soak & Relax
The first thing you’ll need to do is set up your space, with all your tools handy. Once you get started, your feet will be wet, so you won’t want to get up and down. Keep everything within arm’s length for a smooth and easy pedicure.
Fill your foot tub or large bowl with warm water, not too hot since that can dry out the skin. Mix your favorite foat soak powder, crystals, or bath cream into the water. Soak your feet for ten to fifteen minutes and relax. Soaking softens up the calloused skin on your feet and makes the nails more malleable and therefore, easier to trim and shape.
Trim & Shape
Once your feet are well soaked, remove any nail polish on your toenails. Soaking also helps this come off more easier, so a few cotton balls should do the trick. Trim nails with the nail clipper, then file the edges to make rounded toenails. Be sure to file away any jagged edges or pointy parts of the nail. If you like, you can push back your cuticles with an orange stick. When you’re finished, place your feet back into the tub.
Scrub & Pamper
The next step is a little pampering for your feet and calves. Using your favorite foot scrub, massage your feet, ankles, and calves gently in a circular motion. On the feet, concentrate most of the scrubbing around the problem areas, such as the calloused heels or balls of the feet. Use a foot file or pumice stone to whisk away excess dead skin from these areas. Don’t rub too hard, however, since you can overdo it and leave yourself with sore soles. Rinse away all remnants of the scrub; your feet and calves should tingle slightly.
Remove your feet from the tub and place them on a towel for the rest of the pedicure. Leaving feet and legs still damp, massage a thick moisturizing cream or lotion into the skin. Work the cream into the bottoms of your feet, as moisturizer can help soften the tough skin in this area.
Polish & Finish
Place the toe separators between your toes and apply a layer of the base coat polish. This will prime the nails for the color polish. Once it has dried, apply the nail color of your choice, being careful around the edges for smears and drips. To remove excess polish, the tip of a cotton swab is very helpful. Be sure to paint your toenails with a towel underneath to avoid damage to rugs, flooring, and other surfaces in your home.
Once your nails dry, you’re done!
To maintain soft, happy feet, a pedicure is recommended twice a month. During the summer, you might want to do a pedicure once a week, since feet are regularly exposed in flip-flops and sandals.
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