There can be nothing more relaxing than a pedicure at the convenience of home. Often saving both time and money for getting a professional pedicure touch for our precious feet becomes quite a task owing to our watertight schedules. Instead of simply sulking or waiting for the right day and time for the pedicure, why not try the same at the convenience of your home!
The pampering that you do for yourself would simply relax your tensed muscles and can be easily done at the comfort of your home while watching television.
The preparation for a home pedicure basically requires the arrangement of all the tools and beauty products that may be required to perform the treatment.
The following tools are essentially required for carrying the treatment:
- Nail polish remover- so as to remove the traces of old nail polish applied on the toenails.
- Toenail clippers and/or nail scissors- to cut the overgrown toenails
- Cotton balls- to remove the old nail polish
- Nail file- to give proper shape to the nails, one may give a square or a rectangle shape to the nails depending upon one’s preference.
- Nail brush
- Orange stick- to remove the dirt and dead skin cell deposits found under the nail
- Cuticle oil- to soften the cuticles of the nails so that they can be easily pushed back
- Water basin- to wash the feet as and when required
- Foot file
- Foot Lotion- to soften and moisturize the skin around the feet
- Foot Scrub- to get rid of the dead skin cells’ accumulation
- Base Coat- to design the toenails, the color should complement the basic tone of the skin
- Colored Nail Polish
- Clear Nail Polish- to protect the base coat and render shine to the nail paint
Procedure for home pedicure
Remove the traces of old nail paint
The first procedure for conducting home pedicure is the removal of the traces of old nail paint with the help of nail polish remover which is gentle on the skin. To make sure that the nail polish remover does not cause any reaction on the skin, choose the one which has the least acetone content.
The perfect time for conducting a pedicure is immediately after bath as this is the right time when your toe nails are soft and your skin is gentle. Else, you can choose any other time that suits your availability. All you need is a tub of lukewarm water with a pinch of salt in it. For better results, drops of hand or feet lotion and gentle soap may also be added to the water. Soak your feet into the tub for 15-20 minutes. Make sure to pat dry your skin before proceeding towards the third step.
Get rid of dead skin
This may be the scariest parts for many women, especially when the specialist at the beauty salon or nail salon wield oddly shaped scrubbers to remove the dead skin cells’ deposits. Well, there is absolutely no need to threat as the same procedure can be conducted with ease with the help of a pumice stone. You can use a simple pumice scrubber to scrub areas like heel, ankles and under the toes. Instead of the pumice stone, you can also use an exfoliating scrub to give an intensive treatment to the unwanted dead skin cells deposits and adamant dirt that render a dull appeal to your skin.
Massage with a feet lotion
Once the scrubbing is over, nicely wash the feet and pat dry them. Massage your feet with a gentle feet lotion through the skin of your legs, feet and under the toes. Remember, this is one of the most important steps as the success of the entire beauty treatment depends on the efforts you put for massaging.
Apply cuticle softener
In this step, carefully apply the cuticle softener through the toenails and the let the cream rest for 5-10 minutes. This will make the cuticles extremely soft and ready to be removed. However, remember that you don’t have to cut the cuticles with a nail cutter but gently pull them back so that they are no more visible.
Trim the toenails
Now trim the toe nails into the desired size first. Remember to cut the ingrown nails that if grown may cause pain. Next, with the help of a filer, shape the nails in the desired fashion. You may easily shape these otherwise hard nails into the desired shape as they are extremely soft and vulnerable.
Apply base nail paint
This is perhaps the best part of the entire beauty treatment which most of us love doing, decorating the nails. Choose the color of your choice and apply a single thin layer over the nail first. Next, apply the second layer only when the first layer has dried absolutely. At last apply the shiner or top coat so as to protect the base coat and render shine to the decorated nails.
Home pedicure recipes
Home based pedicure recipes are easy to prepare and not to forget, way much cheaper than the treatments met at the hands of professionals in luxurious spa centers.
Check out some of most do-able home made pedicure recipes.
Milk and honey
The combination of honey and milk is just perfect to make your skin revel and glow the best of its beauty. The combination should be massaged thoroughly all over the skin to essentially moisturize and hydrate the skin.
Honey, almond paste and lemon
Mixture of honey, almond paste with a few drops of lemon must be essentially used for both moisturizing and rinsing the skin. Massage the mixture on the skin and then carefully rinse it with lukewarm water.
Rose oil and honey
The mixture of rose oil and honey may be used as a hydrating mask for the skin.
No matter what measures you use to give yourself a nice pedicure, the efforts will go in vain if you do not employ the right measures to precautions measures to enhance the effect of the treatment.