Feet become rough, dull and unhealthy with the daily wear and tear. Dirt, dry air, improper shoes and many other things affect the health and appearance of feet. Healthy feet are conventionally known to be the symbol of a well-groomed person.
Feet require their share of daily and weekly attention. A pedicure at a salon, however, is costly and time-consuming. So for all those who want to keep their feet healthy, here are some simpler inexpensive methods with which you can give yourself a pedicure at home! You can even make yourself a homemade pedicure kit that is just as effective.
Pedicure At Home For Women
What you will need:
A tub of hot water, a bath soak (if available) or use an alternative foot soak made up by water and milk in 5:1 ratio, a pumice stone, a cuticle softener/olive oil, a cuticle pusher, a foot scrub (if available) or use any face scrub you have, a foot cream (if available) or a heavy body cream, nail polish and old toothbrush/nail scrubber.
- Arrange the tub/container full of warm water where you will do the soaking. Choose a comfortable space so that you may relax while your feet soak up the hot water.
- Clean your nails of any leftover polish and wash them in cold water. Add the feet soak into the water and create bubbles with gentle stirring. If you don’t have a foot soak or milk at hand, any regular body wash should do;or use a sachet of shampoo if you don’t have any of those at hand.
- Place your feet in the tub with at least the ankles staying submerged in water. Now just sit back and enjoy the foot soak. Try to do this when you have at least 40-45 minutes at hand so that you can relax. Read a good book or catch up with some TV shows, anything that you like and would relax you is a great option. After the water temperature has become somewhat as the room temperature, call it the end of foot soak.
Foot soaks can be made at home or bought from the market. Here’re some nice ones you could try:
The Body Shop has a peppermint flavored foot soak which is good; also Freeman’s Bare Foot Soak comes in different variants.Vedic Line has a great foot soak and so does Scholl. I have used Scholl’s Foot Soak which looks like a blue gel and forms bubbles easily. Personally, I found it soothing and relaxing to the feet.
Place the feet on a towel or use a towel to gently pat the feet dry. Apply some cuticle softener to each nail at the root. If you do not have any cuticle softener, use a drop of olive oil on each nail. It will soften the cuticles allowing them to be pushed back or cut as per our choice.
DIY cuticle softener:
Cuticle softener can be made at home and stored for future use.
What you will need?
3 tablespoon of olive oil (you may also use jojoba oil or almond oil), 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or cocoa butter, 1 tablespoon glycerin, essential oil (any variant you like- eucalyptus, lavender, rose, etc.)
- Heat the olive oil in a bowl in the oven or with a double boiler. If you do not have a double boiler, place a large saucepan on the gas, fill it up to half with water and place a small steel cup in it. Place the olive oil in the cup. This will act the same as a double boiler.
- Add the coconut oil/cocoa butter when the olive oil starts to get warm. Add the glycerin to it and mix the oils carefully.
- Remove the mixture from heat and add a few drops of essential oil into the mixture, and your cuticle softener is ready.
Use the needed amount and store the store the rest suitably in a cool place.
If you have hard nails, this is the best time to cut and shape your nails. The foot soak would have made them considerably soft allowing easy shaping. A common recommendation is not to cut them too short, and to keep them of a length such that it barely covers the skin underneath. Shaping can be done using a file and remember not to cut the sides too much. Too much trimming can lead to ingrown nails.
The nail size usually has to depend on the general lifestyle. For those who have to keep their nails short, do decide which shape you want your nails to be. A squared tip will look very fashionable and in vogue but it will make the fingers look shorter than usual.So if you have short fingers go for rounded tips.
Remember to file in only one direction so that you don’t split the nails. Finish with a buffer to make the surface of the nails and the edges smooth.
Now that the cuticle softener has been there for more than 5 minutes, it’s time to take care of the cuticles. Take a cotton ball or a tissue to clean the cuticle softener from the bases. Remember that cutting or nipping cuticles may be dangerous for those who are not used to it. It’s best to just push the cuticles back. You can get a cuticle pusher at any beauty store and many companies like Vega, Audrey, Faces have them in various shapes and sizes. Use the slanted or blunt side to gently push the cuticles back.
After pushing the cuticles back, the next step is to scrub the feet. Use a pumice stone to gently scrub away all the dead skin. If you have hard skin on the feet, a little use of pressure is permissible.The water soak would have softened the calluses and corn. You may want to use a corn cutter to cut the corns but do take care since there are chances of hurting yourself. Using a scraper to scrape the dead skin on the heels is optional since it too can go wrong for new users. Use these tools only if you are sure of handling them properly. This is one of the most important steps for pedicure at home for women.
Take an old brush or a nail scrubber and use it to gently scrub over the nails. The bristles will clean the surface of the nails. Also, use the brush to clean the underside of the nails. Keep scrubbing between the toes, under the toes and near the balls of the feet. You need to make sure you do this step right for the right results to a pedicure at home.
Gently scrub the whole feet, up to the ankles. Use a feet scrub or any scrub that you may have at hand. Use generous amounts to apply and scrub over the complete feet. Also scrub the ankles of the feet where sometimes there is a lot of dead skin. Gently use clockwise and anti-clockwise movements with sufficient and firm pressure.
I love to use the face scrubs I find too harsh for the face so as to resist wastage. But there are many brands which offer special foot scrubs. Scholl has a good foot scrub product. Also,Freeman’s foot scrubs are good, as are Revayur, H20 Plus and Sally Hansen. But if you are a more do it yourself person, here is a homemade pedicure recipe for you.
DIY foot scrub:
a. Lemon foot scrub:
You will need a lemon, a tablespoon of sugar, a tablespoon of sweet almond oil, 20 mint leaves (chopped), essential oil of lemon (3-4 drops).
- Start preparing the scrub by slicing the lemon into small pieces and use a food processor to make it into a pulp. Take the pulp out of the food processor and into a bowl.
- Add the sugar and almond oil, and mix it all into the pulp.
- Add the mint leaves, essential oil, mix well and your foot scrub is ready.
b. Brown sugar foot scrub
What you will need
2 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoons of oatmeal ground into fine powder, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon olive oil.
- Take the oatmeal in a bowl and add the brown sugar to it.
- Add honey and lemon juice, and mix well.
- At last add the olive oil, mix well and it’s ready to use.
After scrubbing, apply foot oil or massage cream and gently massage the feet. This will feel even better if you have someone do it for you. Give it a little time and then wash your feet dry.
Apply foot cream or any heavy cream except if you have cracks use a specially formulated cream. Gently massage the cream in while taking care to avoid applying it on nails. If it is accidentally applied to the nails, use a tissue/cotton ball to wipe them clean. Now sit back and let it soak into the feet.
DIY foot cream
Here’s a recipe to make a foot massage cream at home.
What you will need
1 cup of Vitamin E cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla oil/essence, 3-4 drops of mint oil, 2 teaspoons of aloe, 1 tablespoon almond oil,1 teaspoon jojoba oil and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Also, an empty container to store the cream.
- All you need to do is to take all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix using a spoon.
- Once the ingredients are mixed well, the mixture needs to be poured into a container for future use.
- Use this mixture at night or at the time of a pedicure.
- For severely cracked and dry feet, use the cream at night and wear cotton socks to help the feet heal better.
Now comes the best part. Take your favorite shade of nail paint and paint your nails. First apply a base coat and wait for it to dry, next comes the nail paint. Apply a layer on the nails and wait for it to dry. After the first coat has dried, apply another coat to intensify the color. If you have done the session at night you could wear cotton socks so that the feet are moisturized better.
Some more tips:
Use a pumice stone twice each week to scrub the feet when you don’t have much time
Keep the nails free from polish time to time.
If you have any fungus or nail diseases, consult a doctor.
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