Pamper Your Feet With a Home Pedicure

by R. Carnavale | August 1st, 2014 | Women's Beauty, Women's Fashion

feet (400x400)It’s amazing how much your feet manage to do in any given day — if you’re like the average person, you’ll take 8000 steps each day. The relatively small area of your feet manage to support 100+ pounds as they act as your body’s shock absorbers and levers to propel your body forward when you walk or run. Hard surfaces, poorly designed shoes and poor exercise practices put additional stress on your feet, so why not give your feet the spa treatment and treat them to an at-home pedicure?

What you’ll need

What to do

Use a cotton ball to wipe the old nail polish off of your toenails.

Use a nail file to file your nails straight across and then round them slightly on the corners.

Apply cuticle softener and massage it in. Keep the softener on for a minute or two so that it can do its job. Use a cuticle pusher to push back cuticles and cuticle nippers to trim loose cuticle skin or hangnails.

If your feet have calluses, use the foot file paddle to gently file some of the calluses away. If your calluses are deep, do not try to file the entire callus away in one sitting — it may take several months and several pedicures to completely remove the calluses.

Apply an exfoliator to your feet, including the soles to rub off rough skin.

Fill the pedicure bowl with warm water and, for an extra treat, add essential oils or Epsom salt.

Soak your feet for five minutes.

Dry your feet with a towel.

Use soap and a nail brush to scrub your feet and toenails. Rinse.

Dry your feet with a towel.

Apply some lotion, cream or massage oil to your palms and rub them. Then gently massage your feet, lower legs and toes.

Dry your feet with a towel.

Place your toes in the toe separator (which will prevent the nail polish from smudging).

Apply a thin layer of base coat. Let dry.

Apply a thin layer of nail polish. Let dry.

Apply another thin layer of nail polish. Let dry.

Apply a thin layer of top coat. Let dry.

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