Pedicure At Home With Natural Ingredients
Want to have a perfect pedicure? You don’t have to spend time and money at a spa to get beautiful feet; all you need to do is follow these easy steps for a perfect pedicure at home.
Give a pedicure to your feet at home at your convenience to amp up your overall beauty and personality. This needs a little time, and you will get your feet looking pretty and stunning in no time.
At-Home Pedicure Tools And Supplies
You need the following:
(i) Nail Clippers, Nail File or Emery Board, Nail Polish Remover, Cuticle oil or cream or baby oil, Cuticle Stick / Pusher, Cotton Pads, Nail Polish.
(ii) Basin for soaking your feet, towels for drying your feet.
(iii) Exfoliating scrub, Foot file, pumice stone
(iv) Foot moisturizer (optional)
How To Pedicure At Home In Easy Steps
1. Remove existing nail polish: Rub your foot nails with some cotton dipped in nail polish remover to remove old nail polish. The nail polish removers that are alcohol and acetone free are less drying, but they don’t work well, especially on dark shades. Use these on lighter nail polish shades only.
2. Feet Soaking: Fill a basin with enough warm water to cover your feet up to ankles and add:
(i) Epson salt ½ cup. This works as a balm, soothes inflammations, reduces roughness, and eases muscle pain. If not available, you can use any other bath salts.
(ii) Juice of one lemon.
(iii) Few drops of a foot wash of your choice. Alternatively, you can use liquid hand wash or shampoo.
(iv) Essential oils as per your liking. The best options are Lavender or Eucalyptus. Lavender relaxes and rejuvenates the skin and helps ease the nerves. On the other hand, eucalyptus relieves your aching feet. It also works as a disinfectant and antiseptic.
(v) Throw a few small pebbles into the basin and place your feet over them. This works as an excellent massage.
(vi) Pull up a chair along the side of the basin and sit comfortably while soaking your feet for 10-20 minutes, as per your need and liking. Dry your feet with a towel after that.
3. Trimming and Filing your nails: Use high-quality clippers for clipping toenails. Make sure to cut toenails straight across just above the skin so that your nails should not extend over the tips of your toes. Use at least three cuts on each nail, as clipping the whole nail in one go may lead to cutting too close to the skin. Do not cut corners too much to avoid painful ingrown nails. Use an emery board or nail file and file your nails in one direction until they are even and slightly rounded at the corners. Avoid using metal files, as they can rip your nails. Instead, use the fine-grade surface to smooth the nails and the coarser surface to shape the nails.
4. Exfoliating and Taking care of your cuticles:
(i) Rub in a little bit of cuticle cream on the base of each toenail. Leave it there for a few minutes.
(ii) In the meantime, remove the dead skin with a pumice stone or a dry foot file. If you do not remove dead skin, it will become hard and thick and may be infected and cracked later. Gently scrub your ankles, also.
(iii) Make sure to scrub the heel and balls of the feet, sides of your heel, and around your toes. Avoid scraping too hard. Stop if your foot skin turns red. Tough skin is there for a reason.
(iv) Now wipe off the cuticle cream and gently push back the cuticles with the cuticle pusher. Neat, rounded cuticles will give your feet a pretty look.
(v) Use an old toothbrush to clean your toes and underneath your toenails if needed.
(i) After you finish scrubbing, wash your feet and dry them thoroughly, including between the toes, and rub a thick moisturizer or foot cream on your feet, top and bottom, including your heels and cuticles.
(ii) You can use any moisturizer of your choice. Even if you have purchased a face cream and later find it too heavy for your face, you can use it for your feet.
6. Polishing Toenails:
(i) Clean excess oils on the toenails with cotton soaked in polish remover.
(ii) If you want it simple, apply a coat of clear polish.
(iii) If you like color, apply a thin base coat first. Use three strokes. One down the middle, then on each side. Make sure not to paint cuticles.
(iv) Wait for the base coat to dry out, then apply two coats of nail polish of your choice. Let the first coat dry before you apply the second coat. This will make your nail polish last longer.
(v) Finish with a thin top coat and clear nail polish (optional).
(vi) To clean any slip-ups of the polish, wrap a cuticle stick with cotton, dip it in polish remover, and clean them.
You are now ready to wear your favorite stylish footwear showing your pretty anklet, toe rings, or whatever you fancy.
Bonus Tips about how to give a home pedicure:
(i) If your toenails are yellow, soak them in lemon juice for ten minutes, then clean them.
(ii) Apply clear nail polish after every two days and moisturize daily to make your pedicure last longer.
(iii) Consider applying a cute glitter to make your toenails look gorgeous.
(iv) If you have cracks, rub some Vaseline on your feet and wear loose cotton socks overnight. You will notice the difference in a few days.
(v) Home-made massage oil for your feet: Mix one tsp each of Almond and Olive oil with ten drops of any essential oil you choose.
(i) Be careful not to cut or clip your cuticles as it can lead to infection.
(ii) Make it a point to cut your toenails straight to avoid painful ingrown toenails.
Follow the above tips to do your pedicure at your convenience and showcase proudly your perfectly at-home pedicured pretty feet.