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We all deserve to be pampered every now and then. Well, how about treating your feet to a much-deserved pedicure? After all, they bear the burden of carrying you around all day, right? All you need are a few simple tools, a basin to soak your feet and some polish to top it all off. Best of all, an at-home pedicure is easy on the wallet. Not to mention, your tootsies will thank you.
Follow these five steps to give your feet a much-needed treat:
First, you’ll want to gather all of your supplies. Next, make sure that your toes are polish free. Then you’ll want to fill a basin with warm water and add your favorite foot soak. Submerge your feet in the water and soak for at least 15 minutes. I enjoy sipping a glass of wine and listening to soothing jazz music while my feet are soaking. You could also read a book or watch your favorite television show, it’s your preference.
When done soaking, pat your feet dry with a towel. Using a pumice stone or a foot file, you should gently slough away any rough, dry skin, You can also use a foot scrub for extra exfoliation if needed. After exfoliating, rinse your feet by dipping them back into the basin of water.
Using your toenail clippers, trim your nails to the desired length. Be sure to trim your nails straight across to prevent ingrown nails. Using cuticle nippers, you will want to carefully remove dry cuticle skin. Then using a cuticle stick, push back your cuticles. To finish this process, shape your nails using an emery board.
Give your feet some TLC by applying lotion or foot cream. You can even use this time to give your feet a gentle massage. Afterward, use a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover or alcohol to remove any excess lotion from your toenails.
Put toe separators on both of your feet. Apply your base coat, and allow it to dry. Now, it’s time to polish! Apply one or two coats of your favorite color. I prefer two coats. If you do opt for two coats, be sure to let the first coat dry completely before applying your second coat. Afterwards, you want to apply a top coat and allow your nails to dry completely. (FYI - it can take up to two hours for nails to completely dry).
And that's it. You’re done. Pretty simple, huh? Now it’s time to break out your favorite pair of open-toed shoes and show those beautiful feet off.
How often do you pamper your feet? Share with me in the comments.