If you often wear open toed shoes, sandals or flip-flops, then you know how important it is to keep those toes always polished and clean. Similarly a pedicure is a great way of pampering yourself, reducing stress on those tired achy feet, leaving you not only with soft feet but relaxed as well.
We all know that maintaining those gorgeous toenails is quite expensive; if you want to try doing the pedicure (and manicure) yourself here is a list of things you need to purchase for your do-it-yourself pedicure.
The basic tools and equipment you will need are the following:
- Toe nail clippers – These clippers are designed bigger to easily cut or trim those hard toe nails.
- Nail Files or Emery Boards - Avoid using the metal ones to avoid damaging the nail bed.
- Cuticle Scissors – To help you in cutting those cuticles gently.
- Cuticle Stick or Pusher – A small stick with a flat tip used to clean nails or to push back nail beds and cuticles.
- Nail Nippers – For your toes, you may need to use a bigger one to get that stubborn dry skin and cuticles out.
- Nail Buffers – Buffs make your nails nice and smooth, especially if your nails have ragged edges.
- Cuticle Softener – To soften those cuticles for easy removal.
- Foot Soak Tub – or anything to place your feet into while you soak them.
- Epsom Salts – For soaking. Soaking makes the skin of your feet softer for easy exfoliation.
- Nail Brush – To brush those cuticles away as you remove them.
- Towels – To dry your feet and to keep the nails and skin from falling directly onto the floor, so you won’t make a large mess.
- Foot Scraper – To remove those calluses and dry skin off your feet.
- Pumice – Milder than the scraper, this is used to exfoliate the dead skin cells of your feet.
- Cotton or cotton balls
- Base and top coat polish
- Polish – depending on what color you want.
- Polish Remover
- Toe Separator – It gently separates the toes to avoid having them stick together while you wait for the polish to dry.
- Lotion or moisturizers – To bring back the moisture after exfoliation.
Now you know the things you need to perform that elaborate task of doing a pedicure. You can purchase them in specialty stores, and they are sometimes sold in kits, so you will not have a hard time looking for the items individually.
The products that you will buy will depend on you. Read the labels and compare. As in any other tools and equipment, you need to store them in a designated place when you are not using them.