How To Give Yourself A Pedicure

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How To Give Yourself A Pedicure

Even if people don’t look at your feet all the time, it’s always good hygiene to keep them looking neat and clean. Whether it’s a lovely pair of sandals, or simple flip-flops for the beach, making sure your toes look dandy is a must for every girl, one reason why knowing how to pedicure is very important.

You don’t have to run to the salon every time your toes need some primping up. Here are proper steps on how to give yourself a pedicure.

What You’ll Need

  • Cotton ball or lint-free cotton pad
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file or emory board
  • Basin
  • Bath salts
  • Aromatherapy oils
  • Cuticle remover
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Foot scrub
  • Foot file or pumice stone
  • Foot cream
  • Acetone remover
  • Nail polish
  • Moisturizing oil
  • Orangewood stick
  • Milk (optional)

Procedure

  1. Remove the old polish from the nails. Get some cotton balls and saturate it with acetone remover. Using a cotton pad is also a good idea, since it doesn’t leave stray strands and fuzzies. Rub the cotton onto the old polish. If it’s not coming off quickly, press the cotton on the nail for a while and allow it to soak first.
  2. Cut and file your toenails. Find a high-quality clipper, one that’s made solely to clip toenails. When cutting your nails, make sure you cut the straight across, just above the skin, to avoid ingrowns. Your nail also shouldn’t extend over the toe’s tip. After you’re done cutting, you can now start filing it. Don’t pick a metal nail file, since it’ll only rip your nails. Use an emory board, if you have one. When filing, just go into one direction, until your nails become even and slightly rounded at the corners.
  3. Soak and relax your feet. Get a flat-bottomed basin and fill it halfway with warm. Add in some bath salts and aromatherapy oils, then let your feet soak for at least ten minutes. If your feet are badly cracked and calloused, allow them to soak longer. One tip: add in 1/4 cup milk while soaking your feet. The milk’s lactic acid loosens dead skin.
  4. Trim your cuticles. Put some cuticle remover onto the base of the nails, and rub it in gently. Let it stay for a minute. Using a cuticle pusher, gently push around with a circular motion. Cover all areas where the skin meets the nail, even the sides. Don’t touch the toe flesh, though, only the skin on top of the nail. Afterwards, trim the loose skin using cuticle nippers.
  5. Do some foot-scrubbing. Put foot scrub all over a foot file, then rub against the heels and balls of your feet, with quick, brisk strokes, working to slough dead skin. Make sure you cover the bottoms, sides, and balls of the heels, as well as around the toes. If you see your skin turning red, it’s time to stop. You only need to smooth out the skin, but not remove everything.
  6. Moisturize. Dry your feet, especially the areas between the toes, thoroughly. Rub in some thick foot cream all over, up to your calves. Dab some cuticle oil to rehydrate your cuticles.
  7. Polish. Get the acetone remover, and take away excess oils on your nails. Get the nail polish of your choice, then apply a thin base coat with three strokes: one going down the middle, then one on each side. Don’t paint the cuticle, though. Let dry for a minute, then add two coats of your favorite polish. Finish the job by putting a thin, top-coat. Opt for a quick-drying polish for this last layer, so your nails will dry faster, and won’t smudge. If there are any errors, clean them up by wrapping cotton around an orangewood stick, and dipping it in acetone remover.
  8. A clean finish. When your nails are dry, spritz some moisturizing oil all over your nails, to set the polish and moisturize the cuticles.

Every woman’s feet should always look clean and neat. It’s a sign of proper hygiene and style. Complete a gorgeous getup with a beautiful pedicure. Just follow the steps above and your feet will get the proper pampering they deserve.

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