Pampering yourself to a spa outing with skin care treatment, body massage, manicure, pedicure and body treatments may not come cheap, but for a pedicure, you can do this by yourself, avoiding costly fees. The advantages of doing your own pedicure is that you can do it any time of the day, any day of the week, and you can control the way you clean your nails and avoid hurting yourself. There are cases where women get toe infections because of having their cuticles pushed back too much or clipping the toe nails too short. You can also choose the color of your nail polish and change it anytime you want.
Here are the simple steps in giving yourself a home pedicure:
- Prepare the supplies you need: comfortable chairs or a foot stool, basin with warm water, nail polish remover, nail file, nail cutter, cuticle pusher, cuticle cutter, cuticle moisturizer, exfoliating lotion, loofa, nail polish, cotton, and foot towel. For safety, sterilize the cuticle pusher and cuticle cutter before using, or simply rub with alcohol on cotton.
- Remove old nail polish with a nail polish remover like acetone. Pour sufficient acetone on a cotton ball, and gently rub it on the nails until the nail polish is removed.
- Prepare warm water in a small basin to soak your feet. Let your feet soak for around 15 to 20 minutes to soften the skin, cuticles and dirt. Towel dry the feet after soaking.
- Cut your toe nails short enough to keep dirt from accumulating, but not too short in order to avoid any irritation. Avoid cutting the edges too short to avoid ingrown toe nails.
- File your toe nails to smooth the edges.
- Use a cuticle moisturizer, and push back your cuticles with a cuticle pusher that suits you. Use a cuticle cutter to remove dirt and residue that is pushed with the cuticle. It is best not to clip off all of the cuticle because the skin beneath the cuticle gets peeled off after some time. Be careful in using the cuticle pusher and cuticle remover since these are sharp and hard objects that can cause punctures or wounds. Wipe the toe nails with dry cotton to remove excess dirt and cuticle moisturizer.
- Remove dry skin from your feet by applying an exfoliating lotion. Skin care includes your feet. Massage your feet as you do this, the same way they do it in a foot spa. Massaging not only removes dry skin, it also enhances blood circulation in the feet.
- Place some cotton balls in between your toes so they do not touch each other. Make sure the cotton balls also do not have any fibers sticking out that touch the toe nails. You are now ready to apply nail polish.
- Apply nail polish as desired. If you only want a natural color (transparent), you can apply only one coating. If you will put on a colored nail polish, apply the base coating and leave on for a few minutes to dry. Then apply the second coating, and if it has dried, you can apply a final coating of clear nail polish. For trendy designs, do a French pedicure on your toe nails.