If there’s one thing we’ve missed out on in our beauty routine, it’s our regular trips to the salon! That feeling of having our favourite nail technician do a fresh pedicure is something we have longed for over the past few months. But do you know that you can give yourself a salon-like pedicure without the help of a professional? Yes! That’s because pedicure is one of the beauty treatments you can tackle on your own, and actually doing it yourself is pretty easy and affordable.
And therefore, we turned to our beauty expert Krishna, to give you a rundown on everything you needed to know about giving yourself a pedicure at home. Get scrolling for the step-by-step guide!
Get Your Tools Ready:
Before you get started, make sure you collect all the tools you’ll need for your pedicure at home. Nail polish remover, a few cotton pads, a foot file, a nail file, nail clippers, a cuticle pusher and a nail brush are recommended by our expert.
Cleanse & Soak Your Feet:
A warm foot soak is just as relaxing as it can get, isn’t it? This will loosen out dead skin cells so that you can easily scrub them off. To make it more relaxing and professional, you can add Epsom salt or essential oils of your choice.
DIY Recipe: Combine 1 tbsp of milk & 1/2 a tbsp of rice flour and apply on your feet. Massage well & leave it on for a minute or two. The ingredients work effectively to deep cleanse the skin and provide deep nourishment at the same time.
Clean & Trim Your Nails:
Use a nail polish remover and a cotton pad to fully remove any nail polish that is still on your toes. Use a nail filer to file off any rough edges and a toenail clipper to trim the nails straight. Once you have trimmed them, apply some cuticle cream if you have or some petroleum jelly to moisturise and soften the skin around your nails.
Scrub Away The Calluses:
Using a pumice stone or a foot scraper, gently scrub them off. This will help soften the surface. But be careful not to damage your skin. Just smooth your heels and the rugged parts and be sure not to remove too much skin.
The next important step is to exfoliate your feet using your favourite scrub. This will help remove dead skin cells and leave your entire foot feeling soft, smooth and healthy. Follow up by rinsing the scrub off and dry your feet.
DIY Recipe: Grab 1 tsp of sugar and 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon, combine them & add a dollop of honey, massage the mixture into the skin for 5 minutes and rinse.
Or Try This: Biotique Bio Walnut Purifying & Polishing Body Scrub
Hydrate & Moisturise Thoroughly:
Use a good moisturiser and work the product from your toes up to your calves. The massage not only feels good but also helps to nourish the skin, leaving it soft and hydrated.
DIY Recipe: Combine 1tsp of coffee grounds with 1tsp of curd and rub it on your feet in a circular motion for 5 mins and rinse.
Or Try This: Jovees foot cream
Our expert recommends using a crack healing cream if you have a cracked heel. Slather the cream, slip on your socks and let your feet soak in the hydration. This will help cure your broken heels and provide the perfect nourishment for your skin and stimulate skin renewal.
DIY Recipe: Mix equal parts of petroleum jelly & coconut oil, and add the oil of 1 Vitamin E capsule to the mixture. Rub it on your feet and let it sit for an hour. Rinse and pat dry.
Or Try this: Just Herbs Pedisoft Crack Cure Foot Cream
Glam Up Your Nails
And now the last step. Apply two coats of nail polish of your desired shade. Allow each coat to dry for a few minutes before the next one is applied. This will help clear bubbles and avoid your nail paint from smudging. Now sit back and relax while you wait for your nail polish to dry.
Pro Tip: Never leave the nail polish on for longer than two weeks, as that will result in discolouration of your nails. In fact, you should let your nails go bare for a week before applying your nail polish again to keep them healthy and strong.
Once you’ve given this step-by-step guide a shot and realise how it can save you a lot of time and money, you might never want to go back to the salon again!