Visiting the nail salon once a week isn’t gonna be cheap. So, we’ve decided to come up with a quick and easy 5-step DIY pedicure for you to try at home.
Step 1: Soak
Take a large bowl or basin and fill it with warm water and your favourite bath salt or essential oils. Relax and let your feet soak in the water for around 10 minutes.
Step 2: Exfoliate
One of the most common mistakes people do when exfoliating is to grate the skin of your feet with that old foot file your grandmother has been using since she was 10. It’s not really going to be that effective in removing dirt in your feet. Excessive rubbing can also cause tears in your skin and can lead to infections. Instead, use exfoliants or scrubs. They contain microbeads that can help clean the pores of your skin thoroughly.
Step 3: Moisturise
Dry your feet with a towel and immediately lather an adequate amount of moisturiser. This prevents your feet from getting dry and cracky. When choosing a moisturiser, look for brands that contain ingredients such as jojoba or almond nourishing oils, and shea butter which helps moisturise the skin from within.
Step 4: Trim
Remember: cut your toenails straight across. Cutting the corners of the nails lead to ingrown nails, and this can really really hurt in the long run. File them according to the desired length and shape. If you still feel some dirt and oils in between your toenail and skin, apply some nail polish remover and brush the dirt out.
Step 5: Polish
Start off with a base coat: a good base coat can help your polish last for a week, and it also keeps your nails from chipping. Once the base coat is dry, paint on your favourite colours. Then finish it off with a layer of topcoat, so your colours won’t fade so fast (fyi: sun and beach water makes polish fade quicker, so it’s really important to have a layer of topcoat after)
That’s about it! Imagine the tons of money you can save from pedicuring your toenails on your own. More cash for shopping I would say!