Pedicure is one of the most relaxing routines. After a stressful day, nothing can be more comfortable than this. However, many people are unable to enjoy this routine as they always opt to go to the salon for this. But you don't need to go out to the salon every time for this.
You can easily do a Pedicure at home and give your feet the comfort and care it wants. You just need some pedicure tools and good foot cream.
Don't think if you are doing a pedicure at your home, then you have to compromise with any step. You can do every bit of the pedicure from soaking the feet, removing the calluses, applying the pedicure cream to painting the nails, everything can be done at home. So, if you are prepared to do this on your own, keep reading to know all the pedicure steps you need to follow progressively, including all the useful handy tips to get prettier looking feet.
1. Tools you need for a pedicure at home
To do a pedicure with full enjoyment and a relaxing mode, you need to be a little organized first. Collect all the pedicure tools you might need during the pedicure procedure in a tray. So that you don't run in hassle here and there after every step.
A pedicure kit contains a nail polish remover, pumice stone or callus remover, a small pot for hot water, bath soak, cuticle pusher or remover, nail clippers, cuticle oil, nail cutter, nail file, scrub and a foot cream. You can also keep your favorite set of nail paints and upper coat to decorate your nails after a pedicure.
2. Prepare your nails for a pedicure
After collecting everything together, select a corner that fits as per your aura, lighten some candles and create some ambience. This will have the salon-like feeling at your door. Once the ambience is set, sit, relax and start removing the nail paint properly. For this you can use any kind of nail remover.
Generally, there are two types of nail paint removers: Acetone-based and non-acetone based. Well, acetone base one is excellent in removing the nailpolish at the fastest pace. But if your nails get dry and brittle after using a nail remover, it indicates your remover contains way more acetone than the actually decided quantity.
Here you need to think and change your remover. Because this can also dry your cuticles and this can weaken your nails.
3. Soak the feet in lukewarm water
The next step is to soak your feet in a tub or pot containing hot water and some kind of bath soak. Bath soaks are water soluble grounded minerals, which are added to water while bathing, manicure and pedicure. These soaks are added to enhance aroma and gratification. It also helps to relieve your stress, gives you great relaxation and lifts your mood.
Epsom salt is known to be the best bath soak for pedicure at home. You can also add some kind of dried flowers and a few drops of essential oil along with it. This all will definitely improve the redolence in your surroundings.
However, if you don't have Epsom salt at your home, you can also add mild shampoo instead. Now soak your feet in the pot and sit comfortably for about 10 to 15 minutes. This step will make your feet skin softer that help to remove dead skin and callus very easily.
After about 20 minutes, dry the feet using a soft towel.
4. Remove or push the cuticles back
This is the time when your feet are ready to exfoliate. The very first thing you should do after soaking the feet is to push back or remove the cuticles. For this you can use the cuticle remover tool.
First, buffer your nails towards the backward direction. Now remove all the dead skin, push back the cuticle or remove it a little and apply the cuticle oil on it. This will help to clean and revive your nails.
Remember to not cut the cuticles as these are the nail protectant. It makes nails stronger along with protecting them from bacteria.
5. Cut & file the nails
The next focus after cuticles is your upper nail part. Take a good quality nail cutter and cut the nails upto the length you want. Afterward, buff the nails, take the filter and give desired shapes to the nails, especially from the edges and corners.
This step might be time-consuming. Don't rush or irritate. Do these all in a relaxed mode. It will turn out your nails beautifully charming.
6. Scrub the feet & remove callus
Now, dip the feet in hot water for about 1 to 2 minutes again. Take pumice stone or callus remover and file it against your soles, sides of feet and especially against your heels. Do it with gentle pressure to remove the hard callus and dead skin. Once your heels and soles are clean, go for foot exfoliation.
Make pedicure scrub at home and apply on your feet, calves, heels and ankles to exfoliate dead skin, dirt and other impurities. You can opt for salt, sugar or coffee to make a DIY foot scrub.
Salt Foot Scrub
To make a salt foot scrub, you will need half a cup of any oil of your choice and half a cup of sea salt. In a ceramic bowl, mix both the ingredients and stir till it gets fully blended.
Sugar Foot Scrub
To make sugar foot scrub, you will need 3 tablespoons of oil, it can be any essential oil like almond, jojoba or olive. Add four tablespoons of brown sugar in it. Mix the ingredients upto the consistency you required.
Coffee Foot Scrub
To make a coffee scrub, you need half a cup of ground coffee, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of hot water. Mix water and coffee with a spoon.
After mixing well, add the coconut oil in the mixture. Stir till the consistency you require. Also, read how to use coffee for hair and face.
Use any pedicure scrub out of these for about 5 to 10 minutes. Afterwards, clean your feet using a wet towel or with water. Pat dry your feet and get ready for the next step.
7. Apply the foot cream & massage
Moisturization is a very essential step in the pedicure. We all never forget to moisturize the skin, but leave our feet lonely. A foot cream will help to hydrate the feet, replenish the lost water and fill the gaps present at your heels and sides of your feet.
But remember, you have to apply a good cream to your feet. Any other normal cream is not made for the purpose of softening and filling the gaps of your heels.
A foot cream formulated with skin-friendly moisturizing agents and exfoliating agents which can remove the hard callus and provide intense deep moisturization to soften the heels is the best to buy. To get to know more about what kind of cream for feet you should buy, you can read this article.
Now apply the cream thoroughly and massage your feet, calf muscles and feet for about 5 to 10 minutes and end your pedicure by doing beautiful nail art, including your favorite nail paint and a top coat. Apply the cream every night before going to bed. But, it doesn't mean that you have to do all the pedicure steps every day. Keep your pedicure kit and use it every 4 to 6 weeks to keep your feet soft, healthy and beautiful.
This was the whole pedicure procedure of doing a pedicure at home. See how simple and easy the steps are. Don't delay and start pampering your feet from today.
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You can also go to these FAQs related to pedicure, if you missed out on something:
FAQs related to the pedicure
What's included in a pedicure?
A normal pedicure treatment includes foot soaking, nail filing and cutting, foot scrubbing using scrubs and pedicure stones, foot, ankle and calf massage, foot cream and nailart.
What are the pedicure benefits for your feet?
This is a relaxing therapy to your feet. It helps to clean your feet, removing dead skin, calluses, softening the heels and relaxing the feet. Your feet will get fully revived and pampered after getting a full-fledged good pedicure.
Can pedicures cure cracked heels?
This procedure can heal cracked heels. Cracked and calloused heels are due to the improper care of feet. With proper care, and doing pedicures time-to-time, your feet will remain in a healthy state and you will not get cracked heels. But remember, you need to apply foot cream and follow some healthy feet care habits like wearing crocs all the time while walking, applying pedicure cream on your feet everyday, wearing socks and doing pedicure every 4 weeks or 6 weeks at least.
What is the best homemade foot soak?
To make homemade foot soak, you just need 1 cup apple cider vinegar, ½ cup Epsom salt or seas salt. Add vinegar to the water, stir. Now add salt and some drops of oil you like. Mix well and your foot soak is ready.