Pedicures help the feet feel and look beautiful and healthy. The secret to doing one at home to perfection involves eight steps, which are:
Exfoliating the dry skin from the feet, helps remove the dead skin cells that make them rough and dry feeling. Some of the best tools to use to help exfoliate the feet well are exfoliating stones, foot scrubs and callus removing files.
Soaking the feet in a luxurious footbath made from a cup of buttermilk power, ½ cup of honey, 25 drops of peppermint oil, cup of sea salt, ¼ cup of baking soda and plenty of warm water does wonders for the feet. It helps with riding bad odors, fungal infection if one exist, the softening of the nails so they are easier to trim and relaxation of the feet.
Drying the feet well after a footbath with a soft cotton towel will allow the trimming of the nails, moisturizing of the skin and painting of the nails to occur with ease. Never leave feet wet because it increases the risk of developing athlete’s foot and makes it harder to care for the nails properly.
Trimming the toenails with a good set of toenail clippers and filing them with a nail file into shape and smooth texture will provide them with smoothness and beauty. It also helps the pedicure polish chosen out apply better and stay longer on the toenails providing a longer lovely pedicure finish on the toes. Always trim the toenails in a straight line and never curved because this can cause ingrown toenails that are extremely painful and can cause infection.
After exfoliating, soaking, drying, trimming and filing it is time to moisturize and massage the feet and toes with a nourishing foot cream or lotion. Some of the best kinds to use contain cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter, almond oil, peppermint oil, aloe and honey with milk.
For painting the toes, quality polishes are necessary. Choose a base coat and a top coat. Base coats help protect, nourish and condition the nails, but also allows the top coat to stay on longer and go on smoother. Top coats help add a pop of color and beauty to the toenails. Never use cheap or old polishes for pedicures because the paint will not last long and sometimes does not dry properly leaving a mess behind that is difficult to clean up.
If mistakes happen and nail polish gets on the skin of the toes always use corrector pens once the nail polish has dried to clean up the edges making the nails and toes look flawless. The best correction pens to use to clean up messes around the nails are ones that contain acetone. Acetone dissolves nail polish mistakes quickly and easily.
After the pedicure, it is wise to allow the toes and feet to dry for about an hour before putting on socks or shoes. This helps provide fresh air to the feet and allows the nail polish to dry and harden fully so smudges do not occur.
Completing all these steps in order will provide a flawless pedicure that will last at least a month. When it comes to doing another pedicure make sure an acetone polish remover is used to remove old nail polish first and repeat the steps again for another beautiful inexpensive pedicure done in the comfort of home.