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Every girl deserves a good pedicure every once in awhile. Especially during the summer, our feet should always be ready and looking good for a pair of sandals or day at the pool. Yet, who can always afford to hit the spa and spend $60-$100 every time?
At Home steps for a perfect pedicure
Our best option is to perfect the at-home pedicure. We can save tons of money by skipping the spa, but where do we start at home? To get spa-results from home, all you need to do is: soak your feet to remove dead skin, exfoliate, clean and trim your nails, apply nail polish and moisturize! Follow these steps and you are on your way to a perfect pedicure.
Some helpful tips for each step
The perfection lies in these helpful tips for each step. First, soak your feet in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes, but warm water alone isn’t totally effective. Knowing what to soak feet in to remove dead skin can be difficult, but chances are you already have some of the ingredients at home. You can add bath salts, baking soda, essential oils, or even Epsom salt to help soften your skin.
Second, exfoliate using a pumice stone or a foot scrub to remove dead skin and restore smoothness. Focus on the heel or other significantly rough areas of the foot. You can also use an electric foot file before soaking your feet to bump the exfoliation up a notch. An electric foot file is best for those with stubborn, cracked heels.
Third, you always want clean nails. Use a nail brush to clean underneath the nail. Trim your nails to your desired length with a nail file. During a salon pedicure, it is common for your cuticles to be cut with small scissors. Leave that step to the licensed professionals, as this is extremely difficult to do yourself. Luckily, you can get the same flawless result from simply pushing back the cuticles. Applying a moisturizing agent to the cuticles like olive, coconut, or almond oil will make this much easier. Consider investing in salon-quality nail files and cuticle tools that will give you great results for years to come.
Fourth, after you have applied the nail polish you desire, protect the polish with a high quality top coat. This will help keep your nail looking perfect for the long haul. Colors come in and out of style often, so you may not want to pay top-dollar for your color polishes. A clear coat, however, is a staple that never goes out of style, so consider splurging on a salon-quality protective layer.
Finally, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! This step can not be emphasized enough. Do not put the moisturizer over the nail polish. Instead, lather the moisturizer on the driest area of the foot. Once your nails are dry and you’ve applied moisturizer, put socks on to hold in the moisture.
Have fun a home!
At-home pedicures are not only the most budget-friendly option, they can also be the most fun! It’s a great time to try out new techniques. For example, you could make some creams and scrubs using the ingredients you have at home, try a detoxing essential oil in your foot bath, try a new tool to exfoliate the foot, and have fun with some funky colors and designs on your toe nails.
Remember, don't stress about achieving perfection right away. As with any skill, perfection takes practice and you’ll eventually have it down. Besides, pedicures should be a fun, relaxing experience, and stressing defeats the purpose. Learn to love the imperfect process and be okay with trial and error. Follow some of these helpful tips and you will find the perfect pedicure steps, tips and tricks for you in no time!