Even though it’s almost time for students and teachers to go back to school, the warmer months are far from over. Depending on where you live in the world, you’re probably still wearing sandals and open-toed shoes. Your toenails are on display for all the world to see.
If the above statement is indeed the case, you may or may not be in need of a pedicure. If nothing else, you probably feel like you should get a pedicure sometime soon. However, if you’re anything like me, you can’t necessarily afford to spend much money on your feet. Still, you want them to look their best. Can you reach a compromise?
The answer is yes. By giving yourself a salon-quality pedicure at home, you can keep your feet looking flawless without throwing too much money away. Keep reading to find out how you can make your feet the envy of your loved ones at a fraction of the cost.
If you want to give yourself a great pedicure at home, you need to start by removing any old nail polish. Resist the urge to simply paint over what’s on there. Yes, we’ve all done it, but it’s not the best technique. For this step, you’re going to need some nail polish remover and cotton pads. Avoid cotton balls if you can because they can leave fuzzies all over your feet. If the polish is stubborn and refuses to come off right away, trying hold a pad soaked in remover on the nail for several seconds before trying to rub the old polish off. Also, when choosing a remover, remember that alcohol- and acetone-free removers, while less drying, aren’t as efficient at removing darker polish colors like red, blue, purple, and black.
Once you’ve gotten off all the old polish, the next step is for you to cut and file your nails. Using a pair of clippers, cut your toenails short (but not too short) and then use a file to soften sharp edges. Try not to file the sides of the nail too much—this can cause hangnails, pain, and ingrown toenails. Nobody wants that.
If you have a cuticle softener, go ahead and apply it all over your toenails. This technique will make it easier for you to push the cuticles back. If you don’t have the softener, you can use olive or mineral oil. They have the same effect.
Next, soak your feet in some warm water for ten to fifteen minutes. This softens your cuticles, relaxes your feet, and overall leaves you feeling very relaxed. Feel free to use the soaking time to flip through a magazine or watch an episode of your favorite TV show.
By the time you take your feet out of the water, the cuticles should be soft enough to push back. Using an orange stick, gently push the cuticles back and clean out until the toenail. Note: after this step, you should apply a bit of alcohol or disinfectant to your feet to keep your toenails from getting infected. Clip excess cuticles using a clipper, but be very careful.
This next part is optional, but highly recommended for maximum relaxation benefits. Use some olive oil or lotion to massage your feet. Add a little bit of sugar if you have dead skin. It will act as an exfoliant.
Finally, dry your feet off. Take care to get all of the oil or lotion off your nails. The polish won’t stick if your toenails are greasy. Now, choose a color, paint your nails, and add a clear top coat for staying power.
Pedicures are pretty. In the warm summer months, they’re almost a necessity. If you want a good pedicure without paying too much, consider giving yourself the spa treatment at home. Following these tips, you can give yourself the pedicure of a lifetime. Enjoy pampering yourself and showing off your beautiful feet!