Feet can say a lot about the person!!! Stating the obvious, well-groomed feet is the sign of a proud and confident woman while the opposite is sadly not. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a fortune to own beautiful feet. Follow these simple steps for an easy DIY pedicure at home.
Many of us wonder how to do a pedicure at home and feel it is a long and tiring process. In fact, it is quite simple and can be easily done if you take just a few time from your “busy” schedule. The best part is it involves the same process and since you will DIY, the results will be even better.
You will need:
- Warm water
- A foot tub
- Pumice stone
- Nail clippers
- Cuticle pusher
- A nail filer
- Foot Scrub
- Nail polish remover
- Cuticle cream
- Clean towel
- Cotton balls or pads
Step by Step Process for Foot care at home
1. Prep your nails
- Use the nail polish remover to get rid of chipped or faded old nail polish. Take a cotton pad or ball to remove them.
- Now, clip your nails using the nail cutter. Make sure that you cut straight. DO NOT cut on the corners too deep or else you will be dealing with painful ingrown nails.
- Decide the shape of the nails (square, oval, pointed etc.) and file the nails accordingly.
- With the nail filer, you can shape your nails. Do the filing with moderate force so that you can shape it well but be gentle enough so that you don’t weaken them. DO NOT go back and forth on the nails with the filer as it will weaken them. Instead, file them in a single direction. This will give it desired shape.
2. Soak your feet
- Probably the most relaxing procedure, just soak your feet in warm, fragrant water. It will help you to unwind after a stressful day at work.
- Fill up some warm water in the tub to the ankles. For those who want to keep it simple, just add shampoo and few crystals of rock salt in the water. But if you want a deep cleansing pedicure, then try the next step.
- Add half a cup of Epsom salt, one freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a few drops of essential cleansing oil.
- To get the complete experience of spa pedicure at home, you can add smooth pebbles that will massage your feet.
- Sit comfortably on a chair and soak your feet in the tub for a good 15-20 minutes. Read your favorite music or plug-in to some soothing music that works as the perfect stress buster.
- Dry your feet with a towel.
Epsom salt is an excellent exfoliating agent that gets rid of dirt, grime, and other residues that reside between the nails. It also reduces rough skin and alleviates any pain in your feet. Lemon has acidic properties that will soothe any inflammation and prevent any fungus or bacteria. Essential oils relax the nerves enhancing the effect of spa treatment.
3. Scrub your feet
- As the feet are now dry and clean, apply a little cuticle cream at the base of your toenails. The creams make the skin soft including any dead skin. Scrub it well using a pumice stone. Do not rub vigorously as you will chip off even the healthy layers of the skin. Scrubbing with the pumice stone will remove rough, dry, and dead skin. Do not neglect and remove it from time to time. Or else the skin will harden which will lead to cracks or any infection. Be firm yet gentle while using a pumice stone.
- Once this process is completed, remove the cuticle cream. Now push the cuticles using an angled cuticle pusher. Cuticles are the soft skin at the bottom of your nail. This is where the fingernail cartilage and skin meet. Use cuticle remover cream to get rid of cuticles. Do not cut the cuticles. Removing cuticles will enhance nail beds and promote healthy nail growth. Be gentle and scrub your nails using a nail scrubber. Quickly wipe your feet using a towel.
- Use a foot scrub or a face scrub to exfoliate the feet. Scrub the heels, soles, ankles, etc. Do not forget the areas between the toes and sides of your feet.
For those who do not want to buy a cuticle cream, make one at home using these simple ingredients.
- Take 3 tbsp of olive or almond oil, 1 tbsp of coconut oil and 1 tbsp of glycerin or any essential oil.
- Heat the olive/almond oil in a double boiler.
- Add coconut oil and essential oil or glycerin to this.
- Your natural cuticle cream is ready. Allow it to cool and store in a bottle.
- Use whenever necessary.
For those who are looking for a scrub at home, check out this remedy.
- Take 2 tbsp oatmeal powder and 2 tbsp of brown sugar Mix them well.
- To this, add 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tsp of olive oil.
- Use it whenever you are giving yourself a pedicure or manicure.
4. Moisturize your feet
Now that your feet look clean and healthy, it is equally important to keep it hydrated. Moisturization is the perfect way to rejuvenate your feet and complete pedicure at home naturally. You can use any moisturizer.
Massage your feet, ankles, calf muscles for 10 minutes. Once set, you can apply a fresh coat of nail polish.
If you want a natural therapy for your feet, mix equal amounts of olive and almond oil to massage your feet. You can even throw in a few drops of essential oils for enhanced benefits.
5. The Final Finishing touch
Once you have completed the concluding steps of the pedicure, enhance the look of your nails by applying your favorite shade of nail polish. Of course, this is optional. Go in for a normal shade or wear French tips.
For Normal Nail Polish
- Always apply a base coat on your nails first. You can also apply a transparent nail polish as the base coat.
- Then apply a shade of your choice.
- Let it dry for some time.
- Apply another coat and once the second coat dries, complete the look with a top coat. This will enhance the look of your nails.
For French Tips
- Apply a transparent base coat on your nails.
- Leave it to dry.
- Apply the white nail polish on the edges/tips of your nails.
- Let it dry for 2-3 minutes.
- It’s time to apply the second coat. This will make the white color appear less blotted and more attractive.
- Let the white coat dry for some time.
- Lastly, apply a single coat of clear nail polish. Make sure to keep the stroke smooth and even. And Lo and Behold!!! Your nails are clean, fresh, and attractive.
Healthy Tips to Remember
- Keep yourself hydrated that will eliminate chances of dry, rough skin.
- If you don’t have the time to go through the entire process of the pedicure, ensure that you at least scrub your feet using pumice stone twice a week. You can do this while having a bath to get rid of dead skin and dirt.
- Use natural cuticle creams that can be easily prepared at home using ingredients right from your kitchen shelf. They work naturally in giving you healthy and stronger nails and cuticles.
- Do not use nail polish all the time as it can give you yellow looking nails. Give your nails some breathing time by keeping it free from nail polish.
- Consult your doctor if you notice any infection or blackening of nails.
Do not go for fish pedicures as there are reports that claim they are not safe and may increase the risk of Hepatitis C and HIV.
Commonly Asked Questions
Can pedicure at home remove tan?
Yes. You can make a whitening foot scrub which will help you to remove tan from your feet. You will need –
- 2 tsp of sugar, 2tsp of coffee powder, 1 tsp of aloe vera gel and freshly squeezed lime juice.
- Mix all the ingredients together.
- Use this scrub (as part of your pedicure ritual) on your foot using a brush.
- Leave it for 5 minutes.
- Rub it after five minutes to make your feet skin look bright.
- Rinse it off with water.
- Pat dry your feet using a clean towel.
Pedicure at home with home ingredients are simple and work without any adverse reactions on the skin. Both pedicure and manicure at home are cheap and effective as compared to beauty parlors. So, now that you know how easy pedicure is what are you waiting for?