Feet and toenails also require some special care.Pedicure is the care
of the feet, legs and toenails.Pedicures are not just limited to nails, it also remove
dead skin cells on the bottom of feet i.e. rubbed off using a rough stone called a pumice stone.
To perform a pedicure you will need all of the same files and tools required to perform
a manicure except you will want to replace the finger bowl with the foot bath.
A standard pedicure usually includes removal of thickened skin on the feet, filing and
shaping of the nails and the application of polish to the nails.
What you need for pedicure at home:
- Nail Polish
- Clear Top coat/Base Coat/Transparent color
- Pumice stone
- Pebbles (Optional)
- Nail File/Nail Cutter/Nail Clippers.
- Cotton swabs/Tissue
- Nail Polish Remover
- A good foot scrub/ Homemade scrub
- Foot Moisturizer
- Basin for soaking legs.
- Cuticle oil (Optional)
- Tooth Pick.
CLEAN YOUR NAILS:
- The first and most obvious step for getting great-looking nails is to clean them.
- This means removing old polish with nail polish remover until your whole toenail is your
natural true color.
- Use as little nail polish remover as necessary to remove the polish.
- Nail-polish remover is extremely drying on the entire nail area, especially the cuticle.
- Keeping contact with nail polish remover to a minimum is crucial for the well-being of the nail.
SHAPE YOUR TOENAILS:
- Before soaking your toenails in water, either cut them or file them into shape.
- When toenails are wet, they are more prone to damage than when they are dry.
- Gently file the nails into the shape you want.
- Make sure you cut straight across and don’t cut the corners too much, as this can lead to painful
- Toenails can be given a slightly rounded edge to protect the nail growth.
- Give your feet a nice foot bath.
- In a basin or tub, fill warm water enough to cover up to your ankles and add some bath salts.
- If you don’t have these products, a tablespoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of bath oil will
produce the same effect.
- You can also add a few drops of any essential oil of your choice.
- Also add a few smooth pebbles to the water. These will provide a gentle massage as you place
your feet on them.
- As the thickness of the toenails and the cuticles is more for feet, the toenails can be immersed in
water for a longer period of time.
- Soak your feet and relax for 15-20 minutes. Dry them with a towel.
TREAT YOUR CUTICLES:
- Soaking the cuticle is necessary if you plan to remove a bit of excess cuticle.
- Avoid soapy or detergent-filled water, which only dries the skin and damages the cuticle.
- As an option, you can apply a specialized cuticle remover that actually dissolves
excess cuticle skin.
- Leave it for a few minutes.
- Cuticle is the soft skin that forms at the bottom of your nail at the place where your
toenail cartilage and your skin meet.
- Moisturize cuticles with thick moisturizer. Almost any moisturizer will do.
- When you are done, take a cloth and gently push back your cuticles.
- Use the toothpick to create lines around the cuticle area which also helps in cleaning under
the nails and around the cuticle area.
SCRUB YOUR FEET:
- In the meantime, scrub your feet with using a foot scrub/homemade scrub and remove
all the dry and dead skin cells.
- Use a pumice stone to soften rough spots.
- Be firm but do not scrape too hard.
MASSAGE YOUR FEET:
- Once you are done scrubbing, wash your feet clean and moisturize them.
- This works wonders for dry feet, Softens, hydrates and protects from cracking.
- You can use any other moisturizer of your choice.
- Almond oil and olive oil (1tsp each) with 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil also
makes a good home made massage oil for feet.
- Rub a generous portion into your feet and massage well.
- Regular foot massages help keep nerve endings stimulated, improve blood circulation, nourish
the skin and foot muscles.
- It’s time to paint…
- Now you are ready to pick out a nail polish color from your own home nail polish collection.
- Pick out a color that matches your skin color, outfit styles that you wear.
- Before you polish your nails, it is essential to remove any remaining oil or moisturizer from them.
- Polish your nails in layers, allowing them to dry between coats.
- A minimum of three coats is standard.
- Apply clear base coat, also known as transparent nail color.
- Make sure you coat your whole nail evenly.
- Allow enough time to dry 1st coating.
- This step is really important.
- Take the bottle of nail polish that you’re going to use for color and roll it between your hands.
- If you shake it to mix up the color you’ll end up with bubbles in the polish and your pedicure
will go to pot. Roll it back and forth to get perfect nail color.
- Starting at the base of the nail and applying polish in an upward motion helps you evenly coat
- Before going for final coat, it’s important to clean extra nail polish around the edges of your nails.
- Wrap a tissue around tooth pick, dip it in the nail polish remover and clear the extra nail paint.
- Now let it sit for 20 minutes.
- This is one of the most important steps.
- Put on the top coat with clear base color, also known as transparent color.
- This will protect your color and make your nails look all shiny and happy.
- Do only one top coat now, but every couple of days give your nails a new one to make sure
they stay fresh.