Your feet require the utmost care as they work hard carrying you to places. With the excessive movement, the skin of your feet tends to get hard quicker than other parts of your body. This could further give room to bacteria to cause an infection or any other foot-related disease. In which case you must take extra care of your feet
To do that you can follow various foot care routines, exfoliate your feet home using different scrubbers and creams. Giving yourself a pedicure once in a while has also been proven to help improve your skin and keep it fresh. It might not be possible for one to afford a salon-style pedicure every week but you can easily perform one at right at your home. Before we get to how you can do it at home, let’s revisit the benefits of a pedicure.
Benefits of a Pedicure
During a pedicure, when you massage your feet in the warm water, it stimulates blood and lymph flow, which helps get rid of the toxins that might be harmful. It helps you to relax and de-stress which is vital for your health. Pedicure helps exfoliates, softens, and removes the dry skin on your feet. Buffing nails, not only makes them look nice but also increases blood flow to that region. It helps in nail growth and improves their health.
Health benefits aside, giving yourself a pedicure enhances the appearance of your feet and the vibrant colours of the nail colour makes your feet look ravishing.
Now that you know the benefits you must be yearning to give yourself a pedicure right away. Not going to hold you off any longer. Here is the step you can take to give your feet a treat at home.
First, gather these items most of which are available at home or can be bought at a drugstore:
- Nail polish remover
- Nail clipper
- Nail file
- Nail buffer
- Cuticle pusher
- Nail nipper
- Q-tips and cotton balls
- Cuticle oil and eraser
- Exfoliating scrub
- Foot file or pumice stone
- Foot lotion
- Toe separator
- Base & top coat
- Nail polish
Clean out the dirt on your nails by dabbing a cotton pad with a nail polish remover. Make sure that it is non-acetone because acetone tends to make your nails weak and dry.
Soak your feet in a tub of warm water for 15 minutes. It will help soften the skin for the next steps. To improvise your experience, add in a cupful of white vinegar, few drops of tea tree oil, few tablespoons of Epsom salts, and a couple of slices of lemon.
Vinegar helps to cleanse and tone the feet while tea tree oil gets rid of the bacteria. Lemons soften your calluses and cuticles whereas achy feet are relaxed by Epsom salts.
Once soaking is done, pat dry your feet and get ready to shape your nails. Now get your toenail clippers, nail file, nail nipper, and buffer. Cut your nails to your desired length but make sure it’s not too short because that leaves your skin overexposed and that is bad for your feet.
Fix the corners of the nails and shape them with the nail file and then clip off hangnails with the nail nippers. Lastly, buff the nails and even out the surface so that will make it easier to apply nail polish on them.
Apply cuticle oil around the skin that would prevent damages to the nail and cuticle. Use a metal cuticle pusher to softly push back the cuticles.
Now that your nails are set, soak your feet in warm water again. With a pumice rock, gently rub the sole and remove the dead skin and calluses.
You can also invest in this product, Squeaky Clean. It has a soap well, in which you can dip your feet in warm water mixed with soap. Its exfoliation panels can be used in place of a pumice rock and you can rub off the dry skin.
Wash your feet with warm water again. Then apply the scrub and massage your feet, heel and sole.
If you don’t have a scrub, you can make one right at home. Mix equal parts sugar and coconut oil and voila, your scrub is ready.
After scrubbing, apply a light moisturizer or cream or if you are in the mood for something fancy, a mask. Make sure any of these are not too oily because if it is, it will make it hard to apply nail paint.
Use a cotton ball or Q-tip to remove the excess oils so you can apply nail paint smoothly. Apply bottom coat while using toe separator or if you don’t have that twist paper towel and put them between your toes.
Once the base cover is dry, apply nail paint, and after it dries apply the finishing coat.
Dip Q-tip in nail paint remover and clean off any smudges made by the nail paint.
And you are done! Enjoy your healthy and newly revitalized feet!