Steps to do Pedicure at Home

A beautiful pedicure just looks and feels elegant.

Updated: December 12, 2018

A beautiful pedicure just looks and feels elegant. But the cost of salon pedicure can be more if you want to do it often. If you want to save time and money on pedicure, you will need to follow the essential steps given below for pedicure at home in a fraction of the cost.

Assemble all Essential tools:

Be sure to have all the following assembled and ready before starting your pedicure.
  •     Nail polish remover
  •     Cotton balls or lint-free cotton pads
  •     Nail clippers
  •     Emory board
  •     Large bowl, water, and salts for soaking
  •     Cuticle remover or mineral oil or olive oil
  •     Orange stick or cuticle pusher
  •     Cuticle nippers (optional)
  •     Foot file or pumice stone
  •     Moisturizer
  •     Nail polish, base coat, and top coat
  •     Speed setting spray

Remove old Nail Polish:

The first step to a great pedicure is to remove any old polish from your nails. You will need some cotton and a nail polish remover for that.
Try using a lint-free cotton pad instead of cotton balls, which will leave fuzzie. Alcohol and acetone-free nail polish removers will not dry your nails as much. However they don't work as well, especially for dark shades. Therefore these can only be used on lighter nail polish shades. Put a polish remover on the cotton pad and rub off the old polish. Press the saturated cotton on the nail and let it soak in for a few seconds if the color doesn't come off easily. Remove any strain that you have with lemon juice or a peroxide toothpaste.

Cut and File Nails:

Now its time to give the nails a trim. Always use high-quality clippers those are made specifically for clipping toenails. Cut your toenails straight across to just above the skin to avoid ingrown nails. Make sure your nail doesn't extend over the tip of your toe. Don't clip the sides of nails, which can cause them to become ingrown.
File nails in one direction until they are even and slightly rounded at the corners to get a soft square shape. As metal files can rip your nails, avoid using those. The fine-grade surface is for smoothing the nail edge, while the coarser surface is for shortening and shaping nails.

Soak Your Feet:

Giving a soothing soak to your feet will soften the skin in preparation for the next steps and offers a little time to just relax. Fill a large bowl with warm water and put some bath salts, your favorite aromatherapy oils, or Epsom salt to it and soak your feet for 10 minutes. Increase the time of soaking if your feet are more cracked and calloused. As the lactic acid in the milk helps loosens dead skin, you can add a quarter cup of milk along with the essential oils and salts to soak your feet.

Clean up your Cuticles:

After soaking your skin is so soft that, you can easily work on cleaning up your cuticles. It should only take a couple minutes and is a foundation for great looking polish. Apply cuticle remover to the base of each nail and rub it in. Try mineral oil or olive oil if you don't have cuticle remover. Leave the cuticle remover on for a minute, then use an orangewood stick or cuticle pusher to gently push with a circular motion in the spots where the skin meets the nail. Remember the sides as well. Be careful to remove skin only on top of the nail, don't touch the toe flesh. You can use cuticle nippers to trim any loose skin.

Scrub Your Feet:

Scrub your feet using a foot file or pumice stone to remove any dead skin. Apply an exfoliating scrub, to a foot file or wet pumice stone and scrub the balls, bottoms, and sides of your heels and around your toes. Make sure not to over do this process and remove tough skin which is there to protects your feet, which are subject to a lot of abuse. Gently rub and get a smooth skin.

Moisturize your Feet:

Dry your feet thoroughly, including between the toes. Apply a good moisturizer to your feet which will help your skin recover from the scrubbing and provide relaxing time for a little massage. Massage the moisturizer into your feet and calves. Moisturizing helps soften, hydrate the skin and protects it. Regular foot massages also help keep nerve endings stimulated, improve blood circulation and nourish the skin and foot muscles.

Polish Toes:

Use acetone remover to get rid of any excess oils on the nails. Apply a thin base coat, of your favorite nail polish, using three strokes as one down the middle and one on each side. Be careful not to paint the cuticle. Wait a minute before adding another coat of your favorite nail polish. Let the first application completely dry. Use any polish that remains on the brush to cover the front edge of each nail to prevent chipping. Clean up any errors with an orangewood stick wrapped in cotton and dipped in polish remover. Let your nails dry for at least 40 minutes.
Applying some moisturizing oil which will set your polish while moisturizing your cuticles.

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