The result will be silky feet and polished tootsies that will make you the envy of everyone.
By Leah Fletcher
In order to keep your feet healthy, they require daily and weekly care. A pedicure at a salon can be costly and time-consuming. However, you can keep your feet healthy and minimize the cost of a pedicure by giving yourself one at home. So whether you want to sooth your callused feet or you want a day of pampering, a do-it-yourself pedicure is a perfect solution.
To give yourself a pedicure, follow these simple steps:
Begin by gathering what you’ll need
For a good quality pedicure, you’ll need some basic supplies. Get a basin of water for soaking, nail clippers, a nail file, a cuticle stick/orange stick, a nail buffer, a pumice stone or scrubbing brush, a clear top and base coat, and a polish color of choice. Optional supplies include bath salts for soaking your feet, cuticle trimmers, cuticle oils, and lotion for a massage afterwards.
Eliminate all existing nail polish
An important first step when beginning your pedicure is removing your old nail polish. It will be difficult to add a new coat of color over the old one. An acetone remover is recommended, and make sure to clean along your cuticles.
Begin soaking your feet
Fill a tub or basin with hot water. It wouldn’t hurt to add some bath salt or oil. Sit back and relax as the hot water softens tough callouses and removes other matter. In addtion to getting rid of rough spots and providing a source of relaxation, this 10-15 minute soak softens also softens nails and cuticles, which is critical when preparing to paint you toenails.
Trimming and filing your nails
Trim your toe nails just short eough to see a bit of white at the tips with a pair of nail clippers. The shape of the nail should be slightly squared, following the natural topline of your toes. Use your nail file to buff down any sharp edges left by the nail clippers.
•Avoid ingrown toenails by not cutting your nails in a rounded shape.
•File your nails in the same direction to avoid splitting the layers and damaging your nails.
Prepping your cuticles
Although this step is optional, it help significantly prepare your toenails for painting. Use your orange stick/cuticle stick to gently push back the cuticle around each nail. If you have cuticle trimmers, gently cut away any excess cuticle skin. Moisturize your cuticles by rubbing a bit of cuticle oil on them.
Smoothing your nails
Use a buffing pad to file down the ridges and rough edges on the tops of your toenails. Use your buffing pad in the same direction and tilt its angle to reach each toenail entirely and to ensure a level surface.
Removing calluses for softer skin
At this point of the process, use your pumice stone to scrub and remove the calluses on the heel and ball of each foot.
You can scrub these areas vigorously because the skin is often very thick and resistant to pain. After removing any dried skin or calluses, you can use a foot scrub brush to clean your entire foot. Use the brush between your toes and all over the bridge of your foot.
• Rinse your feet with water after scrubbing.
• Avoid using a heavy grating type tool on your calluses. They are dangerous and can cause fungal infections.
Prepping for nail polish
After removing your feet from the soaking basin, dry your feet. You might want to massage your feet with a bit of lotion. If you do this, be mindful to use a bit of nail polish remover to clean your nails. Lotion can prevent polish from adhering to the nail.
Adding a base coat
Use a clear nail polish as a protective base coat on all your toenails. This will prevent nail polish from discoloring your toe nails, as well as providing your polish a solid base to adhere to.
Applying a color of choice
Select a nail polish color. Begin painting each of your toenails in the center of the nail near the cuticle. Use long brushstrokes moving to the tip of each nail to fill in the color until all nails are filled in. Then using a fingernail or the edge of an orange stick to wipe off any excess polish that might have gotten on your skin. To obtain an opaque layer of color, add one or two coats of polish.
Completing the pedicure
Wait a few minutes for your polish to begin to dry, and add a clear top coat, which will set your polish, and help it last longer without chipping. Then allow the polish to completely dry for 10 to 15 minutes. Test the polish with your finger to determine if it still wet. When it is totally smooth to the touch and doesn’t smear under pressure, your pedicure is complete.
Now, go show off your adorable new toes and relish your soft, silky new feet.
Pamper your feet with a pedicure or foot message on National I Love My Feet Day!
We don’t often think about the many purposes our feet serve. But, National I love My Feet Day! , which is celebrated annually on August 17, gives us the opportunity to appreciate how valuable our feet are, to be mindful of practicing good foot care and to frequently pamper our feet.
Our feet serve many purposes. They are our primary mode of transportation. They help us stand, walk, run, play sports, jog, swim, skip, dance and take us to work and school. Our feet endure the things we do in the everyday conduct of our lives and accomplish things our hands cannot.
The care of our feet is important because it important for preventing long-term problems. Years of wear and tear can be hard on them, as can disease, bad circulation, improperly trimmed toe nails and poorly fitting shoes.
Practicing good foot care is easy. Elevating your feet when you sit is a relaxing way to help reduce swelling. Stretching, walking or having a gentle foot massage aids circulation. A warm foot bath is also helpful. Make sure your feet are dry before putting on shoes. Wearing shoes when outside provides your feet better protection.
Statistics indicate that 74% of the adult population has a foot problem and improper shoe choices account for the majority of the problems. Wearing properly fitted shoes with good arch support, getting foot massages and regular pedicures can reduce foot problems. If you have persistent foot pain a podiatrist can help.
Make every day National I Love My Feet Day.