How To Do A Spa Pedicure At Home0
Choosing to give yourself at home pedicure should be a fun and relaxing time. But sometimes it can be a challenge if you do not have the right tools or know what to do. This is where our tip and tricks come into play.
Tools You Will Need:
- Bin large enough for both feet
- Preferred foot soak (optional)
- Hand Towel
- Callus remover
- Plastic gloves (optional)
- Pumice stone
- Cotton balls
- Cuticle remover
- Cuticle pusher
- Cuticle clippers
- Nail clippers
- Nail file or emery board
- Nail polish remover
- Foot cream
- Toe separator
- Nail polish (base coat, color, and top coat)
Once you have gathered up all the tools that you will need, find a comfortable chair or spot on the floor. Keep in mind that you will be here for at least an hour. You will want to remove any old nail polish that is still on your toes.
Fill your basin up with warm water. If you have a foot soak mixture you can add that in as well. Or you can mix up your own, using 1/2 cup Epson salt and a couple drops of essential oils, like Lavender. Adding these oils will give your pedicure an aromatherapy touch. You will then let your feet soak for up to 15 minutes. To help pass the time you can put on your favorite show or movie.
You can skip this step if you do not want to remove your calluses. Otherwise, you are going to take one foot out of the basin and dry it off with your towel. Carefully apply the remover to the dry, cracked or thickened skin areas. You can do this by using a cotton ball or by wearing gloves. Using the pumice stone start to rub off the dead skin.
File Off Dead Skin
Take your foot file or pumice stone and scrub your feet. Make sure that you focus on the rougher areas. Most files have a coarse and fine grain. The coarse grain should be used to file down calluses. While the fine grain is used to smooth out the area. You can also purchase a professional electric nail file to make the job a bit easier.
Shape Those Nails
There is nothing creepier than having long toenails. To get your nails to a reasonable length you will need to use nail clippers. You will want to cut your nails straight across. Then run your emery board underneath the edge to gently shape and smooth out each nail.
Apply your cuticle remover to the base of each nail. Most brands require that you give the remover some time to soak in. Take the two-sided cuticle pusher to the beds of your nails. To do things, you will want to take the angled end of the pusher and push any overgrown cuticle back to where they are supposed to be. Carefully using the cuticle clippers remove any loose cuticles or hangnails. Make sure that you also remove the dead skin that is around the nail bed. But you do not want to cut your cuticles. If you do this could lead to an infection. This is something that nobody wants. Dip your feet back into the basin to remove any loose skin or cuticle remover that is still around. Make sure that you dry your feet off thoroughly.
Decorate Your Nails
Put the toe separators on both of your feet. Then find a comfortable position to sit in that also allows you to be able to easily reach your feet.
You will first want to apply a base coat. Give this coat some time to dry. Take your nail polish color and apply one to two coats of color. It is recommended that you apply polish in thin layers so it dries quicker. Make sure to give each coat some time to dry, otherwise, you can ruin your pedicure.
Finish off your perfect pedicure by applying a top coat. This coat will create a smooth and long-lasting pedicure.
Once your nails are completely dry you can apply some foot cream or thick lotion. Slather on a rich foot cream and give your feet a mini-massage. Rub all the cream into your feet in a circular motion, this will help increase your blood circulation.
Doing an at home pedicure once a week will help keep your feet feeling smooth, hydrated, and clean. If this feels too soon you can extend it to every two weeks instead. After you have done this a few times you will become a master of the home pedicure.