DIY Pedicures

Spa and Wellness

Getting a pedicure is a great way to rev your self for the coming winter months. Most people see adorning their feet as a summer activity when people will actually see your feet in public, but keep your toenails nice and pretty year-round will give you a personal beauty boost. You can give yourself a pedicure at home, and save the cost of going to a salon. Giving yourself a pedicure is a fairly simply process if you have the right tools. You will need: nail polish remover, cotton balls, nail clippers, cuticle clippers, nail file, foot scrub, pumice stone, foot moisturizer, and nail polish.

1. Remove your old nail polish using the nail polish remover and the cotton balls. If you have some stubborn nail polish stuck in the edges or cuticles of your toe nails, you can also use Q-tips to remove it.
2. Wash your feet with the foot scrub. If your feet are particularly rough, you can use the pumice stone to rub over the rough areas, and scrape away the old dead skin and calluses. Then use the foot scrub to wash away all the dead skin on your feet. Regular use of a good foot scrub and the pumice stone will keep your feet soft and beauty all the time. It should be done regularly because of the amount of abuse our feet receive.
3. Moisturize your feet. Buy a good heavy cream moisturizer. Water-based moisturizer will not do the job. You want something like Burt’s Bees foot cream. You should actually moisturize your feet daily, but for a pedicure, you can step up the moisturizer a little.
4. Prepare your feet. Use the nail clippers to trim your toe nails down. You can use a nail file to get the edges all smooth if you need to. Trim the cuticles around your nails if they are raised or hard. This will give your toenails a clean looking surface to paint.

Paint your toenails. When you paint your toenails, you should start by making a solid stripe of nail polish down the center of the nail. Then to one side of the center stripe and then the other side of the center stripe. This will ensure you cover the entire surface of your nail, and the lines along the edges of your toenails will be clean and straight.