Whether you leave nails natural, buff them, use transparent polish, or sport toe nails to match finger nails, a regular pedicure will do marvels for the health and appearance of your feet. If you plan your pedicure after a bath, cuticles will be softened; otherwise, you will need a bowl of warm, soapy water big enough to put your feet in without spilling. Put the bowl on the floor or a steady surface and lay a towel underneath. Collect everything you will need before you start: nail-polish remover, cotton wool, nail brush, pumice stone, nail clippers, emery board, orange stick, oil and cuticle remover, hand cream base-coat, varnish, sealer. Here are some step by step tips of how to do pedicure at home naturally.
How to Do Pedicure at Home Naturally: Step 1
First you have to remove old nail polish with polish remover and cotton wool. Then take a few minutes to give feet a thorough check over for any dead skin, developing corns, moistness, cracked skin, or infection between toes. Check also that toe nails are the right length: if too short, feet will look blunt and unsightly; if too long pressure from shoes will cause ridges to develop.
How to Do Pedicure at Home Naturally: Step 2
Trim nails to right length and shape with clippers. Never use scissors on tough toe nails as they can tear the whole nail tip off or crack it into the wrong shape. Smooth edges with an emery board and bevel nicely. To nails grows very slowly, taking ten to eighteen months to renew themselves, so if you cut weekly you will find little change.
How to Do Pedicure at Home Naturally: Step 3
Be very careful always to cut toe nails straight across top. Do not shape nails down into corners of nail wall. This is one way of encouraging ingrowing toe nails, which can be extremely painful and difficult to reverse once they have become established in a wrong growing pattern, cutting into skin.
How to Do Pedicure at Home Naturally: Step 4
Sack feet in worm water for a few minutes, but no longer or you will remove natural oils. Scrub toes with nail brush. Tackle hard, dead skin under feet with pumice stone, special scraper or dead-skin removing cream. Push back softened cuticles with towel and dry feet thoroughly, especially in between toes where skin can easily crack and become infected.
How to Do Pedicure at Home Naturally: Step 5
Go round each cuticle with cotton-wool-tipped orange stick dipped in oil or cuticle remover, cleaning underneath and down sides of nail. Loosen cuticle and push back gently from nail plate. Clip away dead skin with cuticle clippers. If using cuticle remover, scrub toe nails again with brush or tissue off excess oil. Push back softened cuticles with towel.
How to Do Pedicure at Home Naturally: Step 6
If skin between toes still feels a little moist, rub in talcum powder and brush off surplus. If you have a toot perspiration problem, spray foot with special anti-perspiring and allow drying for a couple of minutes. Massage feet and ankles with hand cream, working upwards form foot to knee in direction of blood flow, with sweeping movements.
How to Do Pedicure at Home Naturally: Step 7
This is the final step of how to pedicure at home naturally. Separate toes with cotton wool or tissue to stop polish smudging from one toe to the next. Damp cotton wool slightly to prevent fluff sticking to polish. Paint nails with base, varnish and sealer as you do it for ‘manicure’. Clean up edges with remover on orange stick. Dry with cotton wool between toes and go barefoot for a while to give polish time to harden.
This is how to do pedicure at home naturally. Remember that it is important to take care of your feet and nails throughout the year even in winter, so when the time comes to uncover them, they will look perfect and with shiny nails.