Salon At Home: Easy Steps For A salon-like Foot Spa
That is where a pedicure comes into the picture. Your feet deserve a little care and a lot of pampering, and a pedicure is one of the best ways to provide that!
We do understand that getting luxurious pedicures at salons can be expensive. But guess what? You do not need to spend money at a salon whenever you want to pamper your feet.
You can do a salon-like pedicure from the comfort of your home. All you need is a few things, and then follow the step-by-step guide on how to do a pedicure at home.
Things you will need:
- Tub or basin with warm water
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton pads
- Nail cutter/filer
- Shower gel/shampoo
- Foot scrub
- Essential oils (optional)
- Pumice stone/loofah
- Nail polish
- Pedicure foot scrub
Once you have them, set up the ambience - dim the light, light some scented candles, play some nice soothing music and get started with the following:
1. Soak your feet.
This is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable steps of a pedicure! Just take a tub of warm water ( do not make it boiling hot) and soak your feet in it. You can add some shampoo or shower gel to make a soapy solution. Keep them dipped for at least 15 mins. This will soften the tough skin and cuticles.
Pro tip: you can also add some essential oils to the water. This will make the water fragrant and have a calming effect on you.
2. Scrub your feet
The next (and a crucial) step is to do a foot scrub. Once you are done with a foot bath, dry out your feet and apply some foot scrub cream or cuticle cream to the cuticles on the base of each toenail. Leave it for a few minutes. In the meanwhile, start with a foot scrub. Gently rub the scrub all over your feet in circular motions for about five minutes, paying attention to your heels, soles and areas between your toes. You can also use a pumice stone at this stage to scrub off the dead cells. Be firm but do not scrape too hard. Then rinse and wipe them dry. Next, wipe off the cuticle cream.
This exfoliation will help remove dead skin and work like magic if you have tanned feet. Also, note here that you can get specialized pedicure foot scrubs for any particular problem you face. For example: go for a whitening foot scrub if you have extreme tanning.
3. Trim and shape your nails.
Now that your skin and nails have softened, it’s time to trim your toenails. Bring out your classic nail clippers and trim those unshapely toenails. Most of the dirt lives beneath the nails. Hence it is important to trim them and clean them. During this time, you can also use a nail filer to shape the nails and smoothen the edges and the corners of your nails. You can also remove the old nail paint.
4. Moisturize & Massage
By now, your feet would have dried completely. So it’s time to moisturize your feet. This is because the exfoliating can leave your feet dry. So get a moisturizer of your choice and apply a liberal amount to your feet. This will hydrate and soften your skin. Significantly if you have cracked heels, this step will help you deal with them. Apart from this, we also recommend ensuring that you only scrub your feet with a foot scrub for cracked heels as they are not that drying and cleanse off your skin without harming the damaged areas.
Keep on massaging your feet for at least 5 to 7 minutes. This will stimulate the nerve endings, enhance blood circulation and nourish the skin and the muscles of the feet.
You can also use natural oils like almond or coconut oil to massage your feet. It will relax you even further.
5. Polish your toes up!
Lately, grab your favourite nail paint and get started. You can also lay a towel below your feet to avoid spillage. Shake the bottle of nail paint before applying. This will give you an even coat. Use long strokes to apply nail polish from the cuticles to the tip of your nail. You can also do some nail art. This will add some personality and pizazz to your nails, too.
Now simply just take care of your feet! Protect them from all the dust and maybe even wear socks to lock in the hydration. Remember that even the best scrubs will not work if you do not take care of your feet.
At last, remember that at-home pedicures can be as simple or as fancy as you want them to be. You can either go for a simple one with basic products available at your home or you can invest in special products like essential oils, pedicure foot scrubs, exotic salts, funky nail paints and anything else. The core objective of a DIY pedicure is to simply pamper your feet (and also save some money).