By | Marian Kim MD
A perfect at home pedicure can give you as much pride in your feet as a professional one, but at a fraction of the cost. To help you pull off this feat on your feet, we have compiled the following 10 simple steps:
- Remove the old nail polish with a non-acetone remover to avoid drying brittle nails.
- Soak your feet for 10 minutes in a bowl of warm water to clean them. Adding a cup of milk to your foot soak can help soften calluses since it contains lactic acid. This alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) helps the rough, dead skin cells fall off by loosening the glue that holds them together.
- Pat the feet dry and trim the nails straight across using a clipper. Use at least three cuts for each nail to give them a square-like shape since a rounded one can cause ingrown toenails. Smoothen the edges of the nails by filing them in one direction with a fine-grit emery board.
- Use a buffing pad to smoothen the surface of each toenail. Start with the rough side and finish with the smooth side for a shiny finish.
- Massage your feet with an organic foot scrub made by mixing ½ cup of brown sugar with ¼ cup of olive oil. The sugar will help soften calluses since it contains another skin smoothening acid known as glycolic acid.
- Rinse your feet with cool water and dry them.
- Massage your feet with a moisturizer with skin nourishing ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil.
- Swipe each toe nail with a cotton ball dipped in nail polish remover to remove any oil residue as this will help the nail lacquer adhere better.
- Paint the toes with a clear base coat to prevent the polish from yellowing your toenails. Follow this with two coats of a pretty nail color and a clear top coat.
- Apply a rich cream to your feet each night and wear cotton socks after wrapping them in a cling film to soften stubborn calluses.
Pamper your feet with this simple at home pedicure regimen and you can look forward to displaying them in your favorite pair of sandals.