You don’t have to spend a chunk of money at a spa to get spring-ready feet! DIY foot care tips for caring for your feet and toenails will go a long way toward getting your feet ready for sandals!
Perhaps you don’t want to get a pedicure because of COVID fears, money concerns, medical conditions like toenail fungus or diabetes, or any other reason, really. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t want pretty feet!
If you want to treat your tootsies to a spa-like experience at home, here are our quick and easy tips for at-home foot care.
Remove nail polish first
If you have old polish on, get rid of that first! Many people prefer an acetone remover since it works so quickly, but those harsh chemicals can leave skin feeling raw. Instead, look into oil-based nail polish removers, which won’t be so hard on skin.
Start with a soak
Those foot baths at the pedicure spa aren’t for nothing. Soaking your feet for 15-20 minutes will soften hard skin and loosen dead skin cells. Add epsom salts to your foot soak to soften your skin further, plus some sources say that epsom salts will help your body release toxins.
Remove calluses and corns
This sounds trickier than it is. You can use a pumice stone, emory board, or a foot file, which looks a little bit like a grater. No matter which method your feet need, gentleness is key. Some extremely hardened or thick areas of skin may need repeated treatments, which should occur no more than four to six weeks apart.
The main thing to remember is that you’re only looking to remove dead skin—not healthy tissue. It’s better to err on the side of caution, and go in next time with a better sense of how much dead skin to remove at once. This process should never feel painful or uncomfortable.
Trim your toenails and cuticles
Cuticle removal is up to you, but trimming your toenails is a must-do! Trim toenails straight across to minimize your risk of ingrown nails, and use a nail file to buff away sharp corners. Most toenails look best when they are flush with the tip of your toe, but length is up to you—just don’t cut too short and risk cutting the skin!
After your feet are softened up, you can easily use a wooden scraping tool to remove excess cuticles, or you can get professional and use cuticle clippers. Cuticles are easy to deal with once they’re soft—you can even just push them back toward the skin to minimize their appearance.
Moisturize during a self-massage
After all the dead skin, long nails, and cuticles are dealt with, it’s time to pat your feet dry and moisturize them! Derma:B Urea 9.8 Foot Cream is the perfect tool for the job. It deeply moisturizes with MLE, shea butter, and coconut butter while natural oils encourage exfoliation, softness, and skin health.
The star ingredient of this foot cream is 9.8% urea, which is known for softening thickened skin, and loosening dead skin from areas where it has become overly attached to healthy skin. This includes cuticles and the nails—urea is even sometimes used to combat ingrown nails. It’s a wonder ingredient for corns and calluses, making it the perfect moisturizer for feet.
Often, the star of a pedicure is the polish at the end, but that doesn’t have to be the main goal. A good pedicure leaves your feet soft, smooth, comfortable, and healthy-looking. Whether or not you polish your toenails is up to you. The goal should be self-care, whether that includes color or not!