An at home pedicure is an easy and enjoyable task, if you have the right tools. It’s worth the investment to buy the best equipment for your at-home pedicure kit. Not only will your feet feel good and look great without the expense of salon visits, but you can do it right at home.You may be able to rob your manicure kit for some of the tools, but others are especially adapted for your feet.
Clippers should be larger, stronger, and of good quality, giving them the strength to attack those thick, tough toenails. Always cut the toenails straight across even with your toe or slightly longer, this will help prevent painful in-grown nails and hangnails. Instead of a small soaking bowl, drag out a large container to soak your feet in. Electric foot baths are available and the swirling water will make your tired feet very happy, not to mention clean. Just add liquid soap and use a nail brush to complete the job. Now is the time to massage your feet. The same cuticle clipper, lotion and orange stick work for both manicures and pedicures. You want to soften and push back the cuticles. Be careful when trimming the cuticles, you don’t want to cause damage.
A pumice stone or abrasive file will be needed to get rid of dry cracked skin and calluses. A foot scrub cream will take care of any minor remaining dead skin. There are also callus softeners, callus and corn removers along with other products on the market that scrape away the built up dead and flaky skin. Always follow the directions on the products. A fine file is needed to smooth out the rough spots on the nail’s edge.
After you have cleaned, dried and prepared your feet, you are ready for the finishing touches. Once again you can duplicate or rob from your manicure kit. Nail polish remover is needed to rid the toes of all remaining polish. Nail polish remover comes in acetone and acetone free varieties. Acetone free is less damaging to the nail. Polish remover can be found that is scented and contains moisteners. There are also nail polish removers that come on soaked pads that eliminate the need for cotton balls. Manufactured toe separators keep your toes apart, making for a neat application of polish, keeping the polish off your skin. Cotton balls can also be used to keep the toes from touching. Pedicure sandals do the same job and look cute at the same time.
You’ll need a clear base coat, color coat and a top clear coat of your favorite polish. Toenails are the perfect canvas for fun and quirky colors. There are also one step polishes that contain all three steps in one bottle. Drying solutions are available to speed up the finishing process. If you are a diabetic or have medical conditions that affect your feet, a professional pedicure should be done. Consult your doctor for your options. Just about everyone thinks their feet are ugly in some way. They have corns or calluses, their toes are crooked, their heels are cracked and the nails are ragged. Giving yourself at- home pedicures will insure your feet are healthy and happy.