Most of us like having our burdens, stresses and dead skin cells tended to by our favourite nail professional. And why not? We spend hours on our feet every day, and the least they deserve is some TLC. A wholesome pedicure is not just beneficial for those who hate chipped polish but also those who love pretty-looking feet. Everybody must set some time aside for primping their tootsies. This is because a pedicure will free your skin from dead skin cells, keep cracking at bay, boost blood circulation to your feet and refresh ‘em.
If you’re unable to squeeze in an occasional pedicure into your schedule, or if you don’t wish to shell out money for one, how about trying one at home? Being your own nail technician is easier than you think! What follows is a rundown on everything you need to know about giving yourself a DIY pedicure.
Step 1: Remove your nail paint
It’s about time you get rid of those polish remnants. Although cotton balls do the job just fine, cotton pads produce cleaner results. Saturate the cotton with polish remover, press it onto your nails and let it sit there for a few seconds. Then, wipe your nail clean.
This step might take longer if you use dark-coloured nail paints. However, for best results, be patient and don’t half-ass this step.
Step 2: Soak your toes and feet
This one’s undoubtedly the best part of a pedi. Simply fill up your tub with warm water and sprinkle it with a scoop of bath salts. You can also add in a few drops of a natural antiseptic like tea tree oil. This will help keep the bacteria and fungus on your feet at bay. If you don’t have either of these, your best bet would be your favourite liquid soap.
Then, dip your feet in and sit back. This step relaxes the senses and softens the skin—repeated pressure and friction hardens the skin.
P.S: If you’re really looking for a spa-like experience, gather all the candles in your house and light them up. You can also set the mood by playing your favourite tracks and sipping on a glass of wine. It’s not all that hard to ramp up your makeshift pedicure station!
Step 3: Scrub your feet
After soaking your feet for 15-20 minutes, move on to the next step. This one will require a little work, but it will make you feel really good. Using a pumice stone or foot scrub, massage the pads of your feet, the heels, and your lower legs. This is a great way to slough off dead skin cells and smoothen the skin.
However, don’t be too harsh. Just because the skin on your feet is hard, it doesn’t mean that it’s immune to trauma. You need to target dead skin cells, not all skin cells.
Step 4: Pamper your toenails
Once your nails are squeaky clean, pat them dry to ready them for the next step. Reach for a nail clipper and cut your nails to the desired length. Then, file them to smoothen them out and shape them.
Next, buff your nails to make for a smooth, shiny and consistent surface. This will also make for a great surface for nail paint application. However, make sure you don’t overdo this step. If you’re not careful, you could end up wearing away the surface of your nails, making them thinner and weaker.
Step 5: Massage your feet with lotion
Here comes the best part. Apply a dollop of nourishing body lotion or foot cream onto each foot. Gently massage your feet by working your thumbs in with firm pressure. Work the product starting from your toes, to your heels, and all the way up to your calves. Keep massaging until you wish to stop.
What you’re essentially doing is restoring your tired feet. Moreover, moisturising it every now and then minimises the chances of cracking, peeling, and drying—problems common to the feet.
Step 6: Paint your toenails
Before you jump on to adding a burst of colour to your pretty toes, apply a layer of base coat. Don’t skip this step. It increases the life of your nail paint by keeping it from chipping too soon. Moreover, it shields your nails from the damaging effects of polish.
Finally, brush two thin coats of your favourite polish on your nails. If nail art is something you fancy, go for it! Simply remember to not add a blob of nail paint at once. This will prevent it from drying completely and may result in uneven, smudginess.
That’s pretty much it—your at-home pedicure. It’s simple, convenient, cheap, and pretty wholesome!