Use these 4 simple steps to treat yourself to an at-home pedicure any day of the year.
Set some time aside after work one evening or on a lazy weekend afternoon to put your best foot forward.
Step 1: Soak
- You’ll need: A basin (big enough for your feet), bath oil or a foot soak (you can even use your own homemade lavender oil), and a sponge or face cloth.
- What to do: You needn’t buy an expensive foot spa — all you need is a basin that both your feet can fit into. Fill it halfway with warm water and add a splash of bath oil or foot soak, which has a great anti-germ function. Soak them until they feel soft, then take a face cloth or sponge and give them a gentle wipe. This is the best time to clip your nails and push back your cuticles.
Step 2: Scrub
- You’ll need: A pumice stone or foot file and a moisturising scrub.
- What to do: Now that your feet are soft, buff them underneath with a foot file or a pumice stone. This will remove the hard skin that’s built up, especially on your heels and the balls of your feet. Then, use a good foot scrub all over. Work your way up to your shins, too, to boost sluggish winter circulation. Rinse off with warm water.
Step 3: Soften
- You’ll need: A foot mask and moisturising foot cream.
- What to do: The second-last step in your home pedicure is to dry your feet thoroughly and apply a foot mask. Slather the mask on thickly and wrap your feet in a warm towel (pop one in the tumble dryer for a few minutes before you need it) for maximum effect. Rinse off the mask with warm water and apply a rich, nourishing foot cream.
Step 4: Paint
You’ll need: Nail polish — we highly recommend using an undercoat and a top coat too.
What to do: Now it’s time to paint those toes! If your nails are a bit oily from the moisturising cream, take some cotton wool dipped in acetone and give them a wipe. Then paint on an undercoat, followed by at least two layers of nail polish. To make sure your DIY pedicure lasts just as long as a salon treatment, paint on a good-quality top coat — it makes such a difference!
Tip: To make sure your home pedicure lasts, use a nourishing foot cream at least once a day and sleep with socks on after applying it, to get the best results. Your feet will get the maximum benefit from the cream by being covered up. Always remember a once-off treatment won’t make much of a difference so it’s important to treat yourself to a home pedicure regularly.