Pedicures are great for our feet.
Regular pedicures keep your feet smooth, tender, soft, supple, and free from any outbreak of skin infections.
However, as great as pedicures are, going to the spa frequently for a pedicure is a luxury some women can’t afford. Some do not have the time to spare, others do not have the money to spare.
Either way, their feet get neglected.
The good news is you can give your feet a spa-like treatment at home. You enjoy the soothing and rejuvenating effect of the pedicure on your feet as if it were done in a spa. All you need to do is follow the steps I am about to explain to you.
So, without wasting time, let’s get started on that pedicure.
Things you would need
Here is a list of the things you would need for the pedicure. If you do not have them, you should go shopping for them before you begin your pedicure.
- Pumice stone/ foot filler
- A bowl of warm water/foot spa
- Cotton pads
- Cuticle pusher
- Nail file
- Nail cutter
- Fresh and clean towel
- Foot scrub
- Moisturizing cream
- Nail polish remover
How do you do a spa-like pedicure at home?
Remove old paint from your nails
The first thing you need to do is prep your nails.
So, remove any old paint from your nails. Make sure that there is no remnant. To make this easy, dab your nail polish remover on the cotton pads. Massage the nail polish remover into your nails till you have removed the nail polish or dirt from your nails.
2. Trim your toenails short and file them
The next thing to do is to trim your toenails short.
Get a nail cutter and use it to carefully clip your toenails. Be careful around the edges to avoid clipping the nails too deep. This can cause ingrown toenails which are usually painful.
When you are done, shape up your nails using a nail filer. Try to smoothen the rough edges of your nails with the filer. File your nails in a single direction. Filing your nails back and forth will weaken the nails.
3. Soak your feet and relax
Once you are done filing your nails, the next step is to soak your feet in a bowl of warm water or a foot spa.
If you do this right, this is the most relaxing part of the procedure. A foot spa will help massage your feet as they soak. All you have to do is relax, listen to music, read a book, video chat with a friend – whatever relaxes you.
You can add some refreshing bath salts or Epsom salts, rose petals, vinegar, or any essential oil of your choice.
Epsom salts help to relax the tired and aching muscles of your feet. Soak your feet for 15 minutes. This will soften the skin on your feet.
4. Remove dead skin from your feet
This is the part where you scrub off dead skin from your feet.
Thanks to that 15-minute soak, your skin is now soft, and it will be easier to scrub away dead skin that may have accumulated on your heels and feet.
Take out one foot at a time from the water and pat dry with a clean towel. Take your pumice stone or foot file and rub it gently through your feet and heels in a back and forth motion. Be careful to not overdo this. Scrub enough to remove dead skin and not till the skin on your feet feels raw.
If you have hard skin or cracked heels, use a corn cutter first to remove the stubborn skin before you use your foot filer or pumice stone.
When you are done, put your feet back in the water to wash off the dirt.
5. Moisturize your feet
After you are done washing, dry your feet and moisturize.
Gentle massage the moisturizer into your feet, heels, soles, and ankles, with your hands. A cream would be better during dry seasons like harmattan. You can use a foot cream for this. If you do not have a moisturizer, you can make one yourself.
Just mix 3 tablespoons of melted shea butter, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of almond oil, and 4 to 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Apply the mix on your feet.
6. Get your nail polish on
Now, it is time to apply your nail polish.
Use a toe separator to separate your toes. First, apply a base coat on your nails. It helps your nail polish last longer. It also serves as a barrier between the nail polish and your nails to help preserve the health of your nails.
Once the base coat is dried off, apply at least two coats of nail colour of your choice. Apply the nail polish gently with long, even strokes. Do not apply the second coat of paint until the first layer is completely dried.
For a finishing touch, apply a top coat when your nail polish has dried to seal everything in place.
And with that, you are done with your pedicure. Yay!!
Try to do your own pedicure at home following these steps. Let me know what your experience was like. Also, if you have any questions or need any help, leave a comment, and let’s talk.