Professional pedicures can be luxurious, but you can achieve the same enjoyment and fabulous results at home by following these few simple steps.
First, use a non-acetone polish remover to remove any polish on your toenails. Next you should trim and file your toenails, being careful not to cut too far back to prevent getting ingrown toenails later. Use an orangewood stick to push back your cuticles and a buffing bar to smooth out any ridges.
Next you’ll want to take a dedicated foot tub (in a pinch, you can use a plastic dish tub) and fill it 2/3 full of warm water. Add some scented foot soak and relax for twenty minutes. Not only is this relaxing, it will soften the skin all over.
Towel dry lightly, and follow up with a foot scrub to get rid of any dead skin, focusing primarily on the heels and the balls of your feet. Rinse with warm water, and towel dry again. If you still feel rough patches, you may want to use a foot file to smooth those out as well.
Once your feet are completely dry, you can finish with a polish. Use a basecoat on your toenails to avoid any yellowing, especially when using vibrant colors. Place cotton between your toes to avoid touching while applying polish and make sure to use two coats. Leave the cotton in place until toenails are completely dry.
A home pedicure usually takes about one hour and leaves you with soft, smooth, and beautiful feet.