Feet that are well groomed contributes greatly to our personality and adds to our beauty. Well kept feet tell a lot about a person and how they look after themselves. Our feet tend to carry the weight of the body from morning to evening and should be pampered at regular time intervals. Generally one tends to spend a lot of time taking care of their body and face and the feet get doesn’t get much attention. Just a bit of pampering on regular basis will make the feet look good.
If it is not possible to go to a parlor due to shortage of time one can also do pedicure at home. For doing a pedicure at home one requires the following cotton pad, nail clippers, nail polish remover, cuticle pusher, cuticle cream, nail file or emery board, Foot scrub, basin to soak feet, towels, foot file, loofah or pumice stone and a good foot moisturizer.
Steps to do Pedicure at Home
Shaping the nails
Start by dipping some cotton in nail polish remover and removing the old nail polish. Now trim the foot nails with the help of a good nail cutter. Avoid too much cutting of the corners as it leads to ingrown nails which can be painful to deal with.
One has to cut their nails across straight. To get a desired shape use nail file or emery board. One can also try to first soak their nails for some time before cutting to make them soft and hence can be shaped easily.
Soaking the foot
After a long stressful day at work soaking the foot goes a long way. Fill the basin with enough warm water so as to cover till your ankles. Add half cup Epsom salt, juice of one lemon few drops of foot wash or a shampoo or hand wash, eucalyptus or lavender essential oil.
The salt acts as an emollient and soothes out any inflammations, reduces roughness and reduces any muscle pain. Essential oil provides rejuvenation to the skin and also calms down the nerves. Lemon juice is a good disinfectant and antiseptic. After soaking your feet for around twenty minutes dry them with a towel.
After toweling your feet, rub some cuticle cream on each toe nail and leave for some time. With a pumice stone or foot file remove the rough and dry dead skin. It is necessary to remove the dead skin otherwise it would become thick and hard and can become infected.
Gently and firmly remove all the dead skin from all over the feet like the balls, heel, side of heels and around toes. If one doesn’t have dry skin then gently scrubbing with a loofah would also do. Next after wiping the cuticle cream gently push the cuticles back.
Take a good quality food scrub and with an old toothbrush scrub the nails and toes. Wash your feet and wipe your feet completely dry with a towl.
After scrubbing your feet moisturize them properly. There are many foot creams available in the market that helps in softening, hydrating and protecting of feet from cracking. Wear socks for some time after the pedicure so that the foot cream gets absorbed effectively.
If you don’t have a foot cream handy, mix one tsp each of olive and almond oil for massaging your feet. Apply it one the feet and massage well. Ask your friend or hubby to do it for you if possible.
Foot massage at regular intervals provides stimulation to the nerve endings, improves the blood circulation and also nourishes the skin. If you have a problem of cracked feet use a foot cream especially formulated for that.
Apply Nail Polish
Ideally nail polish should not be applied just after doing the pedicure. After one day paint your toe nails with the color of your dress. The correct method of applying the nail polish is to first apply base coat. After it dries apply the coat of nail polish.
Once the first nail polish coat dries up put the next coat. This makes the nail polish to last for a considerably long period of time. Dress up you feet with a beautiful anklet or a gorgeous foot wear or a trendy foot ring.
For happy feet it is important that the process is done religiously at least once a weak. Rub your feet with pumice stone while taking bath if you don’t have time to follow the whole procedure and moisturize regularly with a body cream. Doing pedicure at home is both very satisfying and affordable