I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love getting a pedicure. It is so relaxing to sit in the massage chair while someone else makes your feet look fabulous. But the reality is, pedicures are expensive! Its hard to justify spending $25-$35 just for my feet when I know I can just do it at home. It might not be as relaxing, but with the right steps the results can be just as good.
1. Clip and File
Trim back and nails that are too long and use a file to shape them. Be sure to only file in 1 direction. Filing back and forth can cause nails to split and peel.
Soaking is kind of the best part, right? You can use a big plastic tub, or your bath tub to fill it up with warm or hot water and ad a handful of epsom salt and let your feet soak for 10 minutes to make them nice and soft.
Use a scrub, any kind will do but a fruit based sugar scrub is best, to exfoliate your feet. If needed, use a foot file to remove any dry spots or calluses.
4. Clean Up Cuticles
Use a cuticle pusher to gently push back cuticles from the nail bed. Take it slow and be careful until you are really comfortable with this step. You don’t want to push them too far or hurt yourself.
5. Paint Your Nails
Now that you have super soft feet, apply a couple coats of polish. Don’t stress about it being perfect, if you get a little on your skin it will rub off in a day or two. If your toes touch and are messing up your polish, try a foam separator. After you have applied two coats of polish, put on a good top coat and let it dry thoroughly
After doing all that work to give yourself a nice home pedi, make sure you are keeping your feet moisturized so the results last. Apply a foot cream daily for the softest feet.
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