Perfect Home Pedicure
Why spend extra money at a nail salon when you can do a great pedicure at home?
You can spend big bucks in a salon to get a pedicure, or you can take care of your feet right at home using inexpensive materials. Your feet have thousands of nerve endings on them and spend all day supporting your body weight, so they deserve to be treated well.
nail polish remover
Epsom salts or a commercial footsoak
1. Use the nail polish remover to remove any old nail polish.
2. Dissolve Epsom salts or a commercial footsoak in warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes. If you don't feel like soaking your feet, you can take a shower and wash your feet really well. Instead of a footsoak or Epsom salts, use a foot scrubbing lotion to remove dead skin.
3. After your feet are done soaking, use the pumice stone to gently massage away dead skin and excess callous from your feet. Be careful not to remove all of the callous; some of it is necessary to protect your feet from injury.
4. Use a cuticle pusher or an orange stick to gently push back your toenail cuticles. Do not cut your cuticles; this can lead to infection and hangnails.
5. Clip your toenails straight across with the toenail clipper. Cutting nails straight across prevents ingrown nails. Use an emery board to file away any rough edges.
6. Separate your toes using cotton or a toe separating device (found in drugstores). Apply a coat of nail polish. Allow at least five minutes for it to dry, then apply a second coat if desired. Finish with a clear coat of nail polish to protect your pedicure.
Done! Make sure to leave your shoes off for about an hour afterwards to let your nails dry completely. Do your pedicures regularly and you'll always have gorgeous feet!