By Dania Zarate, La Beauty Pie
I work on my feet all day, sometimes seven hours or more, and it sure does a number on my toes! It’s pricy to go to the salon and get a pedicure, which is a nice treat, but usually I just do it myself. Self-pedicures are cheap and it’s nice to be able to do it in the comfort of your own home. (If only I owned a massage chair it could be even better!)
It’s really easy to give yourself a pedicure. Just make sure to gather everything you need and keep supplies close to you. You can use your tub, or for that spa feeling, use a large bowl big enough for your feet. You can even add some marbles or spa rocks if you want.
Here are some easy steps to having beautiful feet:
- Soak. Add Epsom salt to warm water. You can also add some essential oils for a therapeutic effect. Soak feet for about 10 min. Also, if you suffer from athletes foot or to combat foot odor, add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water.
- Buff. Dry feet, then using pumice stone buff your feet concentrating on the rough areas. Usually the balls of your feet, your heel and big toe.
- Exfoliate. With a homemade scrub consisting of olive oil and kosher salt, exfoliate your feet. Take it all the way up to your legs for all-over softness.
- Clip. Pat feet dry and trim toe nails with a toe nail clipper. Cut toenails straight across when you trim them. Never round them to match the shape or curve of the end of the toe. Rounding toenails is an invitation to ingrown toenails and other painful problems.
- Moisturize. Massage feet and legs with a rich thick creamy lotion. Apply some cuticle oil or again use some olive oil to soften and push back cuticle.
- Polish. Wipe toe nails with acetone to wipe off lotion. Then add a base coat followed with 2 coats of polish and finish with top coat.
Then you’ll have soft and lovely pedicured toes!
[Photo By Pink Sherbet Photography]