For the amount of time we spend every day walking, running or standing, we do very little for our good old feet. Our feet could probably be the most neglected part of our body. We could be spending countless hours in beauty and skin clinics to beautify our face and preserve our skin tone. We could be spending quite a lot on the latest manicure treatments. But when it comes to feet, we just develop cold feet!
Caring for your feet should be made part of your beauty regimen. The good news is that you need not spend a fortune to keeping those nimble toes smart and dainty. Home pedicure tips are as effective or even more when you put all the good points together. Home pedicures not just help you to keep your purse strings tightly drawn, but also allow you to take extra care while at home.
The Home Pedicure Process
Before you start the home pedicure process, you have to assess your pedicure tool kit and ensure that all the tools are ready and close by to prevent you from getting interrupted in the process. It is also important to use good quality products for clipping, filing and massaging your feet. Wash your feet with soap and cold water and pat dry before you embark on the actual pedicure process.
Cleaning Your Nails for the Pedicure Process
The first and foremost step towards beautiful feet is to clean your nails off any old nail polish traces. You can use a nail polish remover for this process. It is advisable to go for a non acetone nail polish remover in order to protect the natural moisture of your nails and cuticles. Acetone removers are harsh on the nails and leave them dry and devoid of any shine and sheen. Use a cotton ball for this purpose. Soak the cotton ball with the nail polish remover and press it on the nail for a few second before wiping it off. This will ensure that even hard traces are effectively removed.
Cutting Your Nails for the Pedicure Process
Once your nails are cleaned, you can now trim your toe nails. Trim it straight across. Take care not to clip it too short lest you should get hurt. It could also lead to ingrown nails if not careful. Leaving 1/8th of the nail while you cut would ensure that you are at the right length. A soft square shape or an oblong shape is the ideal shape for toe nails. This can be achieved through the use of emory boards. Use the coarse area for shortening your nails. Smooth the nail edges off with the smooth surface. You are now ready for the pedicure process.
Soaking Your Feet for the Pedicure Process
Take a medium sized, wide brim basin and fill it with warm water. You may add a few drops of essential oils like lavender oil or tea tree oil. Olive oil too is suitable for this purpose. You could also consider Epsom salt as a possible option in order to prevent wrinkling of feet while you soak it in water. Soaking helps in softening the calluses. For dislodging the dead skin cells from your feet you can add a cup of milk into the water. The lactic acid in the milk will effectively loosen the dead skin cells on your feet.
Exfoliation of dead skin cells
After half an hour of soaking, your feet are now ready for exfoliation. You may use a foot scrub for this purpose. A mixture of raw sugar and olive oil is an excellent homemade scrub you can use for exfoliation. Using a wet pumice stone, scrub the heels and feet thoroughly. This will remove the dead cells that have been made loose and soft through soaking. Remember not to scrub too hard as this will hurt your feet. Be gentle, but firm.
You can now scrub your legs too with an exfoliating scrub. Cocoa butter is an excellent choice for the legs. Apricot scrubs too would serve the purpose. Rub them in an upward motion for about three minutes. Rinse your legs in the warm water. Pat day with a soft and clean towel. Do not forget to dry the area between your nails.
Moisturising your feet after the Pedicure Process
After the exfoliation process, your feet and legs would have lost natural moisture. It is essential to moisturise them with a good moisturising lotion. Cocoa butter, shea butter, or any good herbal cream can be used for massaging into your feet and legs. It is important to massage the cream thoroughly into the skin. 15- 20 minutes can be devoted for this procedure. You can use a wet cotton bud to press the cuticles back in place. You may avoid trimming your cuticles unless you are greatly experienced. Your nails are now ready for the final touch up!
Applying Nail Polish on the Nails
This is the final and most important part of the pedicure process, if you consider the aesthetic value of the whole process. Choose a good quality nail polish and a nail colour that compliments your skin tone. As your nails are full of moisture and oil from the pedicure process, you have to first remove the excess oils from the nails using a thin coat of nail polish remover.
While applying the nail polish, move in layers. First apply a thin coat and wait till it dries completely. Now you can apply the second layer. Starting from the base up, put the first stroke on the right, second one to the left, and the third and final one in the middle. Ensure that you have covered the sides of the nails where the skin touches the nail adequately with nail polish. Allow this coat to dry before you apply the final coat. The final coat will be a strong single coat which covers the entire nail, moving from the base to the tip of the nail. Your feet are now ready to dazzle!
Pedicure should be done at least once a month to protect your feet from developing cracked heels and rough calluses. Learning the essentials of a home pedicure will teach you to stand on your own feet!
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