At-home Pedicure

Few people are blessed with naturally pretty feet but an at home pedicure will make a huge difference in improving their appearance. Flip flops or strappy sandals don’t look good on gnarled, horny toes! A DIY pedicure is a great ‘pick me up’ to get feet looking neat and groomed before heading off on holidays, and a good weekly beauty regime to get into. Professional pedicures are a real treat but anyone can achieve just as good results at home and save a lot of cash.

For a DIY Pedicure You Will Need:

  • A basin of warm water
  • Foot soak or essential oils
  • A foot file or pumice stone
  • A foot scrub – store bought or home made
  • cuticle stick
  • nail file
  • A rich foot cream
  • polish – base coat, nail color and top coat

Soak The Feet

Fill a basin with warm water. Add a squirt of foot soak or a few drops of essential oil to the water. This will nourish and soften the feet and make it easier to tidy the cuticles. Relax and soak feet for around ten minutes.

Tidy Toenails

Trim toenails with a straight nail clippers – cut a straight rather than rounded shape and do not cut too short to prevent ingrown toenails. File the nails into a nice smooth shape. Next take a cuticle cream or rich hand/foot cream and rub it into the cuticles. Leave to soak in for 2 – 3 minutes. When the cream is well absorbed, take a cuticle stick and gently push cuticles back from the nail bed. This will make the feet look nice and tidy.

Exfoliate

Use a coarse exfoliator to soften feet and remove hard skin. Try a store bought foot exfoliator or make one with a few things from the pantry – baby oil/olive oil and sugar makes a great scrub. Massage the feet well with the mixture and rinse. Next use a foot file or pumice stone to remove hard skin from the heels and ball of foot.

Moisturise

Apply lashings of a really rich foot cream (hand cream will do as well). Wrap feet in clingfilm for ten minutes while the cream soaks into the skin. This is a great trick to make the feet seriously soft! Remove clingfilm and wipe any excess cream away.

Nail Polish

Before putting on nail polish, remove any residue/excess cream with nail polish remover. Use a basecoat to create a smooth base and to stop nail color discoloring the nail bed. When the basecoat is dry, apply a nail color (a cherry red looks good on most skin tones) followed by a topcoat to give a glossy finish.