How To Give Yourself an At-Home Pedicure

Everything You Need To Know To Have Smooth Feet

Pedicure
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There is nothing better than a pedicure. Your feet, heels, and toes feel soft and smooth and are ready for those sandals. This treatment is also a wonderful way to relax and take a break from life's stresses. I’m always amazed at just how great one little treatment can make me feel. It makes me wonder why we don’t take better care of ourselves at home.

How often do you curl up on the couch to watch Grey's or CSI?

 Next time your favorite show is on, give yourself an indulgent pedicure at the same time! I promise you won't regret it. This will prolong the time between professional pedicure visits and save you money. Do as I sometimes do and grab you husband or roommate to join you so they don't miss out on having happy feet as well.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 30 minutes

What You Need:

  • A tub to soak your feet
  • Pumice stone or foot file
  • Foot scrub (optional, but very beneficial)
  • Moisturizer
  • Nail polish (optional)

Here's How:

  1. Soak your feet in warm water for at least 15 minutes. This is the time to just sit back and say "ah". You can use any bowl or dish that your feet will fit into. I use a white dish tub that I picked up at the dollar store. If you plan on giving yourself at-home pedicures on a regular basis, you could consider investing in a foot spa that massages, heats the water, vibrates, and bubbles like the pedicure tubs at a spa. To help reduce swelling in your feet and ankles, add a quarter cup or so of epsom salts into your water.  If you suffer from any sort of foot fungus get epsom salts with added tea tree oil or add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water. Swirl the salts around with your toes until they dissolve. If you don't want to use epsom salts you could use a foot soap instead. Even though you might not be able to tell, your feet are thanking you. This first step is essential for softening the skin on your feet so that it is easier to remove the dead skin afterwards.

  1. Exfoliate your skin, concentrating on the calluses. This is the step during your at-home pedicure you really want to concentrate on. There are many different options when it comes to exfoliating tools. Use a damp pumice stone or foot file to scrub down your entire foot. Everyone has areas that need to be filed down, so really take your time to treat your feet. Using a foot scrub makes blasting away dead skin ten times easier. Rub the foot scrub on your feet to get a basic exfoliation all over and then scrub over your calluses with the foot file. When you are done scrubbing, rinse and dry your feet.

  1. Moisturize with an intense moisturizer. You can use your favorite moisturizer or get something specifically for your feet. I love using peppermint lotions on my feet, especially after soaking in warm water. The cooling sensation peppermint has lasts long after your soak. Make sure you moisturize not only your feet, but your ankles and legs too. Give yourself a foot massage. Take your time.

  2. Paint your toenails. This is an optional step, of course. Everyone can pull off bold colors on their toenails, even if they only wear clear (or nothing at all) on their fingernails.  

Tips:

  1. After your pedicure, make sure you clean and disinfect your foot tub and foot file with bleach or another strong disinfectant.

  2. When painting your nails, you may want to use a base and top coat. A base coat fills in any ridges your nails might have making it an even surface. A top coat seals in the polish, giving it extra protection.

  3. Try to give yourself a pedicure once a week. Once you get in the habit of taking care of your feet, your feet will always look and feel fabulous. Store all of your products in your soaking tub. Once a week, before you sit down for your favorite show, grab your foot spa kit and fill up the tub.

  1. If you have any persistent nail or skin issues on your feet, like fungus that just won't go away, be sure to see a dermatologist for help.  Some issues require professional help.

Updated by Hanah Tetro