It’s springtime and that means it’s time to break out all the sandals and flip flops! But, are your feet ready? Here are some great tips for giving yourself a totally professional grade pedicure at home, saving you time and money!
Soak Your Toes
The first thing you’d do at a nail salon is to soak your feet so do the same at home! Just because you don’t have a fancy salon chair and a whirlpool tub for your feet doesn’t mean you have to skip this step for your at home pedicure! Fill a tub with warm water and add a little Epsom salt and soak those tired toes! You can even had a drop or two of essential oils if that’s your thing!
There are several different ways to exfoliate your feet. You can buy a fancy foot scrub and use that to slough off old skin. If you don’t want to pay a lot of money you can make your own scrub! There are lots of different recipes to use like simply combining a bit of olive oil with coarse salt! You can also use a good old fashioned pumice stone which works great to soften feet.
Giving yourself a pedicure isn’t just about putting a cute color on your toes, it’s about making your feet look pretty! So after you exfoliate, make sure you take the time to moisturize your feet. Give yourself a foot massage while you are at it or better yet, round up your spouse and or your kids and see if they’ll rub your feet for you! Are you starting to feel like you are giving yourself a real professional pedicure yet?
Take Care of Your Cuticles
Now that you’ve taken care of your feet, it’s time to pay attention to the toes. But we’re not ready for polish yet! Invest in a good oil for cuticles. Put a few drops on and massage into your cuticles to soften them. Then use a cuticle pusher to push the cuticles back.
Buff Your Nails
Now it’s time to buff those nails! Toenails can handle a little bit of a rougher grit than fingernails so make sure the buffer you are using was made specifically for pedicures.
Time To Polish
You are finally ready to polish those nails! Use a warm, wet cloth to wipe off any leftover cuticle oil, or dust left over from buffing to get your nails ready to paint. Separate your toes with cotton or a toe separator and add a base coat before you put on your color. Here’s our best tip for a professional grade pedicure at home: choose a high-quality nail polish! It really does make a difference! Plus, since you are saving money by skipping the nail salon, you can splurge on a quality polish! After your color, finish off with a top coat!
Let Dry Completely
Since you invested all that time giving yourself a full pedicure, you want to make sure you don’t ruin all that work! So grab a cup of coffee and your favorite book and put your feet up and let those piggies dry completely!
You don’t have to get to a nail salon to treat yourself to a beautiful pedicure! You can pamper yourself at home to get those toes sandal-weather ready!