10 Rules for a Perfect Pedicure at Home

Summer is the time of open sandals and slippers and every girl wants her feet to look the best. That means no cracked heels and no blisters – only beautiful, smooth skin. Find out how to achieve this at the comfort of your own home.

You don’t have to pay a bunch of money to have a pedicure treatment. You can do a perfect pedicure at your own home, just follow these basic rules.

1. Soak Your Feet

Every good pedicure needs to begin with a foot bath. Fill a plastic wash bowl with warm water and add a handful of sea salt and a few drops of lavender oil. Lavender will make your feet both smooth and relaxed and the feeling of heavy feet will be instantly gone.

Keep your feet in this bath for 10 minutes and then dry them with a towel. The warm water will make your feet soft and prepare them for the next steps of the pedicure. Make sure you dry the space between your toes very well, especially if your skin in sensitive.

2. A Gentle Massage

Give your feet a gentle massage right after you take them out of the bath. It doesn’t have to be anything special, just apply pressure you like on areas where it feels good. Try to massage each toe and to pay attention to your soles and your heels. This will stimulate the circulation and your feet will feel better.

3. A Good Scrub

Yet another way to make your circulation better and to remove the dead skin from your feet is to give them a good scrub. Take a special store bought scrub or prepare your own by adding coarse salt into your regular shower gel. Use circular movements to apply the scrub and try to give your feet another course of soothing massage.

4. Pay Attention to Your Heels

scrubbing heels

Even though the scrub will remove most of the dead skin from your feet, if you’re not really doing pedicures on regular basis, your heels will probably still be dry. Take a special file or pumice stone and give your heels an extra scrub. Be careful not to hurt yourself, that’s not going to do you any good.

5. Deal with the Blisters

If you happen to have some blisters on your feet, do not under any circumstances puncture them. Buy special blister plasters. There are a lot of different types on the market – try a couple until you find the ones that suit you best.

These plasters are specially designed to soak up the liquid from your blisters, thus helping them heal faster and hurt less. They also prevent new blister from showing up and protect the damaged skin. Make sure you clean the area around the blister really good before you apply the plaster.

6. Treat the Cuticles

A lot of people think that the best way to treat the cuticles is to cut them. This is, however, completely wrong. Cutting the cuticles can lead to nasty, bleeding cuts and it only makes them rougher.

Instead of cutting, apply special cuticle softener and gently push the cuticles with specially designed cuticle stick. This is a better and a more permanent solution than cutting.

7. Use Some Lemon

Rubbing your feet with a wedge of lemon can reduce or completely remove the unpleasant smell of the feet. Furthermore, lemon juice can remove the ugly yellow stains that can appear on your nails due to applying non-quality nail polish. Take a wedge of lemon and gently rub it across your feet. Be careful though and don’t do this if you happen to have cuts or wounds on your feet, because the acid from the lemon will burn like hell.

8. Do Your Nails

pedicure and manicure

Cut your nails and file them. There’s one big mistake a lot of girls do and that’s cutting your nails in a semi-circle. DO NOT EVER do this, because it can lead to ingrown nails, which, believe me hurts a lot.

Cut your nails straight instead and file the corners so that they don’t hurt the meat around the nails. Don’t cut too deep and be careful with pointy nail files. You don’t want to hurt yourself.

9. The Nail Polish

The grand finale of every good pedicure is applying the nail polish. Buy only high quality nail polishes, especially if your nails are weak. Bright, striking colors and multi color nails are modern this year, so if you’re feeling brave enough you can try one of these trends.

10. Moisturizer

After your nail polish is dry, give your feet one last massage, applying the moisturizer. You may think that your feet can take a lot more than your face for example, but they also need care. Buy special foot creams and take care of your feet as you do of the rest of your body.

That’s it – 10 simple rules for a perfect pedicure at home. Apply them and give your feet the care they deserve. And tell me what you think of these rules. What’s your “pedicure secret?”

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