Everyone loves being pampered and what better way is there than to get a pedicure done? As therapeutic as it can be, it also comes with a heavy price. With the recent turn of events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be uncomfortable with strangers working on your feet. Also, with the recession setting in, you might find it a bit heavy on your pocket. Handy has come up with a detailed process of how to get a pedicure in the comfort of your home.
- Clean your nails – To start with you need to make your nails clean. Wipe off the nail paint coat with a nail polish remover. Remember to check that the remover is not acetone-based as it is harmful to the health of your nails.
- Soak up your feet – Here comes the most relaxing part. Dim the lights and light some scented candles for the perfect ambiance. Fill a tub with hot water and soak your feet in it. You can add some smooth stones to give your foot a small massage. To refresh your toes and relieve all stress and pain, you can add some rejuvenating foot salts in the water. To take out even a bit of foot fungus, you can add any natural antiseptic such as tea tree oil. Grab a good read and let the hot water do its magic to your feet for the next thirty minutes.
- Apply cuticle oil – Take out your feet and dry it well with a towel. Apply a drop of cuticle oil in each toenail. This softens your nail ahead of shaping. If your toenail is dry it may cause a tear when being shaped, so cuticle oil is a must.
- Scrubbing – As the pores open during this process, it’s the best time to remove dead skin cells from your feet by rubbing it with a soft bristle nail brush for nails and foot scrub for the foot. Even though you have to be firm while scrubbing, don’t be so rigorous that your feet start to bleed.
- Cuticle care – The cuticles are the defense of your toenail from any sort of infection. So, you should never clip or cut them, rather the secret is to shape them gently. You can do it with a cuticle pusher and gently push it back. Once you are done with it, soak your feet once again in water and wash off the excess scrub or oils.
- Heel care – Heel being the toughest part of your feet has to be taken well care of sensibility. Take a pumice stone and rub it in a circular motion to remove hardened skin.
- Toenail care – Clip your toenail to the desired length, making sure that the edges are not rounded drastically as it may lead to painful ingrown nails. Once done, dry file your toenails flat across the top with slightly rounded edges.
- Applying nail paint – Use a toe separator and remove any kind of oil from your toenail with cotton balls. Apply a base coat nail polish that nourishes your nails. Then apply two thin coats of your favorite nail paint on your toenails. Once dry, seal it with a topcoat of your choice to protect the lovely lacquer. Remove any extra polish on your toes by using a nail polish remover pen.
According to Handy, giving yourself a pedicure at home is a relaxing way to take care of your feet health. Once you are done, the new look of your feet will certainly delight your soul.