10 Aug At-home Pedicure Pt.1
We all have feet, which means that women shouldn’t be the only ones giving themselves pedicures. (Have you looked at feet lately? Chances are, yours need even more help than your girlfriend’s.) While I recommend getting a professional pedicure at least once a month, it’s still important to practice proper maintenance during the weeks in between. Here are 6 easy steps for give yourself a DIY pedicure that’s both beneficial and relaxing in the comfort of your own bathtub.
1. The best time to give yourself an at-home pedicure is right after a warm shower; not only will your feet be clean, but the steam will help soften your skin. If you’re not freshly showered, then wash your feet separately and let them soak in the tub or in a bowl of warm water for 5-10 minutes. (Note: if you can smell your own foot odor, add tea bags to help disinfect.) Wash and scrub your feet with a body wash, which will get rid of any dead skin.
2. Trim and cut your nails with a toenail clipper (which is a different and bigger tool than a fingernail clipper.) It’s best to start in the middle of your nail and work your way outwards to the sides. Use caution to ensure you don’t cut your nails too short—this can cause painful and unsightly ingrown toenails and other unwanted infections.
3. Wash and soak your feet again with warm water for to prepare for the next step—the pumice stone. (If you already used the pumice stone while bathing, then skip this step.) The pumice stone helps to rub away dead skin from the bottom and tops of your feet; it works better on wet feet rather than dry.
4. Dry off your feet with a towel, then if any of your toenails are jagged, smooth them down with a nail file. It’s always best to file from the outside corners of the nail, working towards the center from each side. Do not file in a back and forth motion—this will break and damage your nails.
5. Apply a cuticle oil or body oil at the base of your cuticles, and let it sit for 30 seconds; next, take a cotton ball, rip a bunch of small pieces off from it, and roll them on to the end of your wooden nail care stick. (By doing this, you will save yourself from a bloody mess.) Push back your cuticles and excess dry skin using the stick. Never ever cut your cuticles, because if you do, you will be stuck with adding this step to your maintenance routine forever—not to mention, it can lead to infection.
6. Lastly, show your freshly pedicured feet some love and slather them with a foot cream, massaging it into the skin. This will soften and nourish even your toughest, driest areas.