Welcome to another installment of Self-Care Sunday! Last week we talked about What’s in my Self-Care Toolkit . This week we are going to talk about the perfect at home pedicure. Getting your manicure and pedicure done regularly by a professional can become expensive. While I do get them done about once every month or two, I like to maintain them at home in-between visits.
I pretty much have my home pedicure down to a science. So just follow my step-by-step guide to prepping and primping your little piggies at home.
5 Steps to Perfect Pedicure at Home
Step 1: Soak your feet
You must start with clean, polish-free nails. Then fill a basin (or your bathtub) with warm water and add your product of choice: foot soak, Epsom salt, body wash, etc. Dip your feet into the water and let them soak for 5-10 minutes. While you relax, watch a movie, read a book, browse a magazine and let the soapy water naturally softening your calluses. Look at you, multitasking and stuff, lol!
Step 2: File & Exfoliate
Remove your feet from the soak and, while they’re still slightly wet, scrub both feet with a foot file, focusing on the rougher areas. Start with the coarser side of the file to remove calluses, then moving to the fine grain side to smooth. Next take the exfoliate or scrub and get to work. Once you have sufficiently soothed and exfoliated, dip your feet back into the basin to rinse and then wipe off the scrub with a damp towel.
Step 3: Clip & Shape
Now it’s time to get out your manicure kit and clip and shape your nails. Clip each nail straight across, and then use an nail file to gently shape and smooth each nail. This can be a delicate process so be careful. Don’t clip your nails to short or close to the skin.
Step 4: Polish
Put toe separators on both feet; sit in a comfortable position that allows you to easily reach your feet. Make sure to apply a base coat and let it dry. Then it’s time to polish! Apply one or two coats of color polish. For a smooth, even, long-lasting pedicure, apply polish in thin and allow each coat to dry before applying the next. Then finish with a top coat.
Step 5: Moisturize
When your polish has completely dried, finish off by moisturizing. Afterwards put on some moisture sealing socks. They hydrate the feet with a self-activating plush lining. Leave on for 20 minutes and you’re done! Now the only thing left to do is put on your favorite sandals because your beautiful toes need to be shown off!
Do you have any pedicure tips? Leave a comment below!