If they are not properly maintained, feet can become a very unattractive part of the body. Proper maintenance, however, can be costly if you regularly employ the services of a professional. If you want to save money and have attractive and healthy feet, do your own pedicures. A home pedicure may require a bit of time and work, but it is not nearly as difficult as you may think. Basically, you just need to soak, scrub, and care for your toenails.
The first step of your home pedicure should involve you filling either a foot spa or a basin with warm water. Before you put your feet in, add either foot soak or bath salts. If your feet are tired or aching, try something that contains mint or eucalyptus. You can also use Epsom salts. Make sure the contents are distributed throughout the water. Then, let your feet rest in the potion.
Once your feet and ankles are relaxed and the skin is softened, remove one foot and remove excess water from the toes. You do not need to make them completely dry. After you have done this, apply a bit of cuticle remover to each toenail and allow it to sit.
Meanwhile, scrub the bottom of your foot with a pumice stone, foot file, or similar tool. Once you have removed the dead skin and your sole feels smooth, use a cuticle-removing tool to loosen the cuticle that has grown out onto your toenail. After you are finished, place your foot back into the water and do the same to the other foot.
When both feet have been scrubbed and the excess cuticles are removed, take your feet out of the water and dry them well. If you feel the need to trim your cuticles, now is the time to do so. Many beauty professionals advise against doing this, but it is commonly done during professional pedicures. Before all of the moisture leaves your feet, apply a thick moisturizer. Shea butter is a good choice, as are products specially designed for the thick skin on the feet.
Now, your home pedicure is halfway done. The next steps involve caring for the toenails. First, clip the toenails so they are straight and even. Second, file them to the desired shape. Third, buff the toenails so they are shiny and smooth. Unless you plan to apply polish, you will have completed your home pedicure.