Last Updated: 5th January, 2017. First impression is the last impression and like they say, shoes are first to be noticed in any meeting. Ever wondered what if you are not wearing shoes and your feet are visible? In such a situation, you obviously don’t want your feet to look dirty, dark and smell bad. Absolutely Not! Read below to know how you can get a fabulous pedicure at home.
Feet tend to be the most over-looked part of our body and generally we tend to forget that beauty is not only restricted to a pretty face, well-groomed feet is also an integral part of a person’s well-being. Feet is the foundation on which our body stands. They carry our weight on almost 80% of our day as it goes unnoticed that most activities require your feet to be healthy. Walking, running, even standing or sometimes sitting need feet to carry our weight and the right balance can make the body unstable. Hence, feet absolutely deserve good amount of love and care given that they are an indicating barometer of a person’s overall health. Feet are known to show symptoms of diseases before other parts of our body. You can detect diabetes to other nutritional deficiencies by just examining feet.
So, spend some time on this very important organ of your body by indulging in a good pedicure. You do not need to spend a bomb by visiting beauty parlors or foot spas which are gaining a high popularity these days. You can always do a natural pedicure at the comfort of your home with some basic things available at any household.
Follow this easy 4 step procedure explained below to have a Natural Pedicure at home:
Things you need to do a Natural Pedicure at Home:
- Cotton balls
- Nail polish Remover / Acetone
- Pumice Stone
- Cuticle Pusher & Trimmer
- Tub of warm water
- Scrubbing brush
- Foot Moisturizer
- Base coat
- Nail paint
Process of doing a Natural Pedicure at home:
- Clean & Cut
To start with a Natural Pedicure at home, first use a nail polish remover or acetone and clean the previously applied nail paint on your toes with a cotton ball. Once clean, take a nail cutter and cut or trim your toe-nails. Cut nails in a shape that they will comfortably fit in your shoes and not cause any discomfort as it may lead to long term development of pain or even a blood stagnation inside the nail, I am sure no one wants it. Not to forget the avoidance to cut corners too much or else it can lead to ingrowth of nails.
- Soak & Scrub:
There is nothing more relaxing to beat stress after a long working day than putting your feet in a hot water tub. It not only relaxes your feet nerves but also rejuvenates your skin.
To do a Natural Pedicure at home, soak your feet in warm water tub for 10 to 15 minutes. You can add essential oils to the water too. One tip is to add lemon juice, glycerin and rose water, while lemon heals cracked feet, glycerin softens feet and rosewater has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Another popular method is to add pebbles to the tub so that you get a slight massage while place your feet on them. Play some soothing music while you soak your feet in warm water and unwind for these 15 minutes.
After soaking your feet, you can add little shampoo to the tub and start scrubbing your feet with a scrubbing brush and to wash the area in between toes, you can use an old toothbrush.
- Exfoliate & Moisturize:
After soaking and cleaning your toes and feet, use of a pumice stone to rub your heels and remove the dead skin from your feet. It also helps in healing cracks and softening your heels. Pumice stone should be used in circular motions using light pressure on your feet. Do not scrub too hard, be firm but gentle. Scrub all the way to your ankles too. Once your feet is exfoliated, remove feet from the tub and use a towel to pat dry your feet.
Then, apply a cuticle cream if needed to clean cuticles and trim them using a cuticle cleaner. After this is done use a good moisturizer and rub your feet with your feet for 10 minutes. Foot massages help in blood circulation, easing nerves and skin nourishment.
The last step in this Natural Pedicure at home is to apply a thin base coat on your toe nails. After the base coat dries, after few minutes polish your nails with two coats of the nail paint colour of your choice. Let the first nail polish coat dry well before you apply the second coat. If needed, apply a transparent top coat for protection. If any slip-ups, you can clean it with an ear bud dipped in nail polish remover.
Tips for beautiful feet:
- Massage your feet with raw milk to turn your feet fair. Milk contains lactic acid which is a natural bleaching agent which lightens skin tone and nourishes your skin.
- Choose a comfortable footwear. Avoid wearing tight shoes. Wear shoes that allow some air to reach your feet by removing shoes as you reach home. Also change your socks daily, this will keep your feet clean and far from dirt and feet diseases. Use cotton socks which help in absorbing sweat.
- Wash your feet daily while bathing. Feet attracts the maximum amount of dirt and sweat. After washing, do not forget to pat them dry.
- Give your nails some breathing space. Do not regularly apply nail paint. Give a gap for a week or so by keeping them free of nail paint.
Yippee! With the above steps you are all set to wear those peep toes and a lovely anklet to show off your naturally pedicured feet at home.