How to Do Your Own Pedicure

Are your feet sandal-ready? With summer here in earnest, I’m sure you’ve already broken out your flip-flops and peep-toes. But, if your feet are still in hibernation mode, you might not be too excited to show them off! Rather than spend big bucks on a salon pedicure, try these simple steps for an at-home DIY pedicure.

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Learning how to do your own pedicure will save both time and money; plus, you can do another one whenever you need to! So, without further delay, here are the details on my favorite five step pedicure.Step One: Soften
Soak those puppies! You can invest in an actual foot soak tub, or you can grab your biggest kitchen bowl. Either way, fill it mostly full with hot water. Not scalding, but you want it to be toasty! Add some Epsom salts or bath salts and a drop or two of your favorite essential oil; I love mixing lavender and eucalyptus.

Let your feet soak for a good 5-10 minutes. Read a magazine, watch trashy TV, chat with a girlfriend…In short, relax. You may not be paying for a spa pedicure, but you can still enjoy a spa-like experience.

Step Two: Maintenance
Trim, cut, and scrape. All you’ll need for this step is a very simple home pedicure kit. It’ll only run you a couple bucks and it’ll last forever! Your main tools will be nail clippers, a nail file, a cuticle pusher, and cuticle scissors. You can even skip the scissors if you don’t feel that you need them, or you can give yourself a quick e-lesson on how to use cuticle scissors.

How to trim toenails may seem like something everyone knows, but chances are you’ve been doing it wrong for a while. With the nail clippers, cut your toenails straight across (no curving!) and flush with the end of your toe. Cutting your nails too short, or curving the nails at the ends, might result in discomfort or an ingrown nail.

Next, use your nail file to round the sharp corners of your nails created by cutting them straight across. Remember, you’re not rounding your nails; simply taking away any sharpness.

Finally, take your cuticle pusher and gently push your nail’s cuticles down toward the skin of the toe. Be as gentle and even as you can in order to create a straight line without damaging the nail bed. If you have a lot of excess cuticle, very carefully trim it away with your cuticle scissors. You are not trying to remove your cuticle! You are simply taking away any buildup that stands out from the surface of the toe.

Step Three: Pamper
After everything is trimmed up, give your feet another quick dip in your bowl or tub of water. Leave your feet and ankles damp, and apply your favorite body scrub to your feet. Scrub scrub scrub away all the dead skin and rough spots on your feet. You can even extend the scrub up your legs for a full at home spa experience!

Another great option for those with very tough skin on the feet is to use a pumice stone. On the other end of the spectrum, if your skin is too sensitive for a scrub, simply apply a pure oil (such as apricot kernel oil) to the skin and let it soak in.

No matter which formula you choose (a scrub, stone, or oil), finish it off with…

Step Four: Moisturize
To lock in the softening properties of your pampering step, and to prevent the skin from becoming rough and dry again, make sure to completely moisturize your skin. Use Atopalm’s Moisturizing Foot and Heel Balm to hydrate, soften, smooth, and soothe the entire foot.

Moisturizing Foot and Heel Balm uses MLE technology to perfectly replenish the skin’s natural moisture barrier. The product also features a slew of natural oils and botanical extracts to fully nourish and moisturize the feet. Cracked, dry heels are banished, cuticles are moisturized, and the feet feel truly revitalized.

Step Five: Beautify
If you’re not a frilly individual, feel free to stop at step four. However, if your favorite part of a spa pedicure is the painting, then grab your favorite nail polish and get to work! Your newly softened skin, pushed cuticles, and trimmed nails are just begging for this spring’s hot shades. Don’t forget a base and top coat for a long-lasting finish, and be sure to use a gentle polish remover when it’s time for your next at home pedicure.

Do you have a favorite tip for your own DIY pedicure? Drop a comment and tell us all about it!

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