Pedicures are normally offered at spas and salons. Although a pedicure can be luxurious and enjoyable way to pamper yourself, leaving your home to have one can be inconvenient and costly. And if your pedicurist does not use sanitary techniques and equipment, you could face a possible risk of infection. Learning how to properly perform a pedicure at home can save you money and time. With a little practice, your at-home pedicure will be just as good as a professional one.
Prepare your feet by debriding the dead skin. Scrape your heel, the ball of your foot and the outside of your big toe with a callus-removal file.
Warm your tap water to medium-high heat, which is hot to the touch but not burning your skin. Fill a basin halfway with the tap water. Pour Epsom salts or fizzing bath crystals into the water and mix vigorously to dissolve and add aromatherapy to your pedicure. Soak your feet for 15 minutes.
Grasp a pumice stone and rub back and forth in one direction across your entire foot to smooth the skin, taking care not to rub too hard or for too long in any one place, as this will expose your innermost layer of skin.
Dry your feet and use a cuticle tool to gently push back the cuticles and the skin around your nail bed. Exercising proper cuticle care increases the longevity of your pedicure.
Weave a toe separator through the underside of each toe. Rub your nails with cuticle oil or any essential oil and dab dry with a paper towel. Trim nails with nail clippers and then file until smooth.
Brush on a base coat, two coats of nail color and a top coat, allowing sufficient time in between coats for drying. Remove the toe separators once the polish is dry.
Lather lotion or essential oil over your feet and your lower legs and massage vigorously to improve circulation and even out your skin tone.