With the cold winter months behind us, we start gearing up for the warm, summer sun. We buy spring clothes, plant flowers outside, get outside to enjoy the summer sun and much more. Pedicures are among one of those spring rituals that many of us partake in. Pedicures allow you to soak, file, pumice and polish your toes until they look fabulous and are ready to don a new pair of sandals.
Even though it might feel amazing to get a pedicure in a salon, they take a lot of money and time that you might not always have. Instead of spending a fortune at the salon, try doing the pedicure in the comfort of your own home. It only takes a few simple steps to have the feet of your dreams.
1. Remove Your Old Nail Polish
As simple as this step might seem, you would be surprised how many women will leave the polish on their nails waiting for it to just chip away. You might not realize that you are actually doing more harm than good. When polish is left on, it can cause the nail to become discolored. Nail polish remover will do the trick to eliminate any leftover polish on your toes.
2. Soak Your Feet
Fill a small basin with warm water and some Epsom salts. Stick your feet in the bowl, sit back and relax. Soaking helps to soften your skin, while the salts work wonders at soothing tired, sore feet. Scented oils are another option. Not only do they smell amazing, but they help to moisturize your feet as well. Give it about 10 minutes before moving on to the next step.
3. Address Your Cuticles
Take a foot out of the basin. Pat it dry and apply a drop of cuticle oil on the skin that surrounds the nail bed. Once you massage it in, use a cuticle stick to push the dead skin back gently. Rub the oil around your toenail to soften any snags or rough edges in the skin. Put your foot back into the basin and do the same thing on the other side.
4. Time to Exfoliate
Exfoliate your legs and feel to eliminate any dead skin. This step softens any rough spots or calluses, helps to smooth the skin and allow the healthy skin to come through. Take one of your feet from the basin and massage the scrub on the leg and the foot working your way up for about two minutes or so. Do the same for the other leg and foot.
5. Buffing the Foot
To treat the calluses on your feet, there are a couple of different options available to you. Callus or pumice stones help to soften the calluses and smooth rough patches out. A foot file works wonders to eliminate dead skin from your heel. You want to smooth the callus, not try to remove it. Even though you might not realize it, calluses actually protect your feet.
6. Moisture the Feet
Rub a thick lotion on your legs and feet, slowly moving upward. Add in a few drops of peppermint oil to help give you a tingly feeling and leave you smelling amazing. There are also heel creams that have shea butter in them.
7. Trimming the Toenails
You should be able to run your fingers across the tops of your feet and barely have your toenails graze against the finger. Use clean clippers. Clip straight across, but be careful not to cut too close.
8. Filing the Nails
Don’t file your clipped nails back and forth. Lightly file at the center part of your nail. Repeat multiple times until your nail is smooth on one side. Continue doing so on the other side until you have a soft square shape. Making an oval gets you too close to the skin.
9. Polishing the Toes
Remove any leftover oils with a cotton pad coated with nail polish remover. After choosing your color, roll it between your palms for a couple minutes. Apply your base coat; wait a couple minutes. Apply the first coat; wait a couple minutes. Do the same for the second coat. Finish with your top coat. Make sure to apply your nail polish using vertical strokes. Whatever you do, don’t rush the drying process.
Of course, don’t forget about cleaning everything up. Once you have gone through the aforementioned steps, your feet will look and feel amazing.
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