Spa at Home: Part 2 Pedicure

After sharing my tips on a at home manicure I couldn’t leave the tootsies out! Having smooth and nice looking feet is an essential and not just for Summer because they are on show when wearing flip flops.

You will need:

Nail Polish Remover, Cotton Pads, A Bowl (if possible to soak feet), Toe Separators, Foot Scrub (or body scrub will do), Foot File, Nail File, Cuticle Remover, Orange Stick, Nail Buffer, Base and Top Coat, Colour, Cuticle Oil and Foot Cream (or a thick body butter)

Like the manicure start by removing your nail polish, you would think I would then say soak your feet BUT using a foot file on dry feet is much more effective than on damp or wet feet. So start by buffing any hard skin on the bottom of your feet until smooth, and then soak your feet, sounds odd but antibacterial hand wash works amazing as a foot soak! Let them soak for 10 minutes and relax.

Once you are satisfied your feet have had enough soaking dry them a little concentrating on the nails and apply some cuticle remover. Let that sink in for 40 seconds or so and gently push the cuticles back. Soak the feet again to remove any excess cuticle remover.

Remove your feet from soak and pat the feet dry, file the nail edge and trim if necessary. Always cut the nail straight across and not down the sides as this can cause an ingrowing toe nail… which are not cute to look at.

Buff the nail bed gently to create a smooth surface. Insert your toe separators and double check the nails are dry and free of filing and buffing dust. Apply your base coat in one even layer and let dry for 40 seconds, apply two coats of colour and let each coat dry partially and then apply your top coat. Let the nails dry for 5 minutes and then apply some cuticle oil to each nail. Once dry to touch massage the cuticle oil in and apply some thick foot cream. Take your time and massage your feet.

Just a side note: If your nails are stained, rubbing a cut up lemon on to bare nails will help remove stains. Also if you are showing signs of nail fungal infection, please do not just paint over it and ignore it. There are some brilliant products you can get from Boots/Chemist/Drugstore that will clear it up within a couple of months. If left and you decide to go to a salon for a pedicure they may well refuse to work on you as it involves us throwing away everything we have used on you. Whilst using most fungal nail treatments you can still use nail polish.

Anyway – happy pampering! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me! I am always happy to chat!

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