Facial skin, hair, and fingernails are always in the foreground, and therefore somehow we always pay the most attention to them, no matter the season we’re in. However, one part of the body is especially neglected for a good part of the year, until the first summer rays of the sun peak thru and temperatures reach +30 ° C. Of course, we’re talking about feet. With the arrival of warmer days, women remember that it is high time to get their feet in order – they get rid of thickened and rough skin, soften their feet, and do a pedicure.
But pedicures in beauty salons can be quite expensive, especially if you opt for a spa pedicure that includes a complete heel treatment and nail shaping and polishing. In addition, salons are currently overcrowded because everyone wants to get their feet groomed on time. Although it may sound complicated at first, it isn’t. You can do a salon-like pedicure at home with a little bit of effort and expert guidance.
Here’s a guide explaining step-by-step how to do a salon-like pedicure at home. It is up to you to take notes and try to repeat the process at home.
This is the part of pedicure that most people like the least, but the fact is that preparing the skin on your feet is crucial if you want your pedicure to last. During the colder months, when we hide our feet in socks, it is easy to close our eyes on hard skin and blisters, but during the summer months when we wear open shoes, any flaw on the feet is easily noticeable. But the following tips will help you keep your feet smooth and soft again.
Step 1: Remove the nail polish, if you have it. Thoroughly remove all stains with acetone and smooth all protrusions on the nail with the gentle side of a rasp. Cut and shape the nails to achieve a square nail shape. Be sure to round the tips of your nails to make the nail polish last longer.
Step 2: Use a foot file to remove any blisters and thickening of the skin. Focus on the heels and toes of the feet, which are the most common and critical places, as they are in daily contact with footwear. To remove hard skin, you need to do this step on dry skin.
Step 3: Now is the time to take a bath or soak your feet in the basin. You can also add special salts in a warm foot bath to reduce swelling. Don’t soak your feet for too long – ten minutes is enough.
Step 4: Use a harsher scrub to remove dead cells and smooth the skin. This step will be most convenient for you to do in the shower or the bathtub. If you do this after soaking your feet, dry them first, then peel, rinse and dry again.
Step 5: At this point, it would be good to apply a foot mask. If you don’t have time, massage a greased moisturizer into your feet. Pay special attention to dry areas such as heels.
Now follows the nail preparation phase. This is perhaps the most important phase because it depends on how long your pedicure will last. Unlike cuticles on our hand nails that are easy to get rid of, cuticles that grow along the edge of foot nails can be quite stubborn and problematic to remove. But with these 5 steps, everything will be a lot easier.
Step 1: Apply cuticle oil and massage it.
Step 2: Gently push the cuticle back with a metal nail spatula to lift it, then cut it off with scissors.
Step 3: If necessary, re-scrape the nail surface with a gentle file to remove nail and skin residue.
Step 4: Wipe the nails with acetone to remove all the oils and dust left on the nail surface after scratching.
Step 5: Spread a towel under your feet and separate your toes with a spongy separator that will make it easier for you to varnish and prevent cracking.
Now comes the fun part! Polishing toenails is much easier and results in a much tidier pedicure if you know some simple tricks. Keep reading and taking notes.
Step 1: Before polishing, always be sure to apply a base coat (clear polish) so that the colored polish does not leave permanent stains on your nails. Nails are absorbent and will absorb color very easily, so it often happens that the nails turn yellow without knowing the reason for it. In addition, the base coat will extend the ‘lifespan’ of the pedicure.
Step 2: Apply the selected color of nail polish to the middle of the nail surface, then continue to paint both left and right sides from the root to the tip of the nail. Apply a thin layer of polish so it dries faster. Repeat the process on both feet.
Step 3: Apply a second coat of nail polish on all nails. Use an old eye brush, previously dipped in acetone, to remove nail polish stains on the skin around the nails. If you don’t have an eye brush, a cotton swab will do.
Step 4: Apply nail polish (top coat). We suggest you choose a polish that is fast drying and long-lasting.
Step 5: Finish the pedicure with cuticle care – rub a drop of cuticle oil into the skin and let it absorb.
To make the pedicure last a whole month, reapply the nail polish once a week and keep the skin soft and smooth by scrubbing dry feet, before showering, once or twice a week.