Tired of spending a ludicrous amount on a sloppy pedicure?
Well, if you are a fussy person like me and like your cuticles tipped and nails shaped perfectly then you are definitely up for disappointments, given the mediocre standard at most salons. Having your nails shaped into flawless squares can be quite a deal and most high-end salons alone can do a good job with it, however, it causes a preposterous dent into your monthly budget.
Besides the money factor, there is the safety issue that most of us may worry about. A lot of salons in India do not use hygienic methods to clean up their equipment as it requires tremendous effort to clean them up after every client. We can zero in on a number of similar reasons on why you must get your pedicure done at home. Worried about how to get it done on your own? Don’t worry! We have some incredible tips to get a perfect pedicure at home with a one-time small investment.
Before we can begin going through the steps to the perfect pedicure session, here are a few things you will need in order to have an amazing experience. Follow the brief description on each of these products and equipment to have a better understanding of how they can be used.
Cuticle softener Lotion
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The cuticle gel or lotion helps to soften your cuticles and nails so they can be further cleaned and trimmed as desired.
Nippers are used by most people to cut dead cuticles as well as the in grown nails however, it is most suitable for nipping sidewall hangnails. The problem with cutting the cuticles is that, they grow back in about 2-3 days and start to appear dry and ugly. Therefore just pushing the cuticles with a pusher and brushing of excess dry skin is the best long term option.
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A cuticle pusher as mentioned above helps to push the cuticles to the end of the nail wall giving your nails a smooth finish. The narrow sharp side of the pusher helps to clean dirt particles collected under the nails.
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Nail files are the most common accessory women carry in their purses as it helps file any broken corners without losing the length of your nails completely.
This equipment needs no introduction as this is a home care essential for everyone and a must-have. Nail cutters help nip off any hangnails too.
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Not many of you know the use of a buffer. Well, have you ever noticed your nails looking dull and lifeless? A buffer helps give your nails a shine, making your nails look lustrous and presentable.
Now that you know the pedicure essentials let’s get started with a fabulous DIY pedicure at home. It is simple and has a far better effect than parlor- done nails.
Prep up your nails for a stimulating experience
The very first thing you are required to do before you go in for a soak is to wipe off any leftover nail polish that you may have applied before. This helps to make your cuticles and the grub present in the crannies of your nails visible so they can be cleaned up.
Soak up your Feet
There are essentially two things that you can add to your lukewarm tub, sea salt and a few drops of shampoo or body wash. They help your nails get a good wash from all the muck as well as hasten dead skin softening.
Clean ‘em spotless
Follow this step with applying generous drops of cuticle remover on each toe. This lotion helps to further soften the cuticles. Use a cuticle pusher to push off any cuticles on the nail as well as clean underneath your nails. Use a small brush to brush off the pushed cuticles. Make sure one foot is soaking while you clean the other foot. Complete the process by nipping off hangnails on the sidewalls of your nails. (Refer to the picture below)
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Final Touch up
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A pedicure is incomplete without a scrub, they make your heels look youthful and smooth. A manual scrub help to remove all the dead skin cells and a foot file smoothens the heels after the scrub. Follow up this regime with a cream scrub for a velvety touch. A cream scrub also helps to remove any remaining dead skin post foot scrub session.
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Flatter your senses with a nice massage session. Use a concentrated cream to protect the skin which may be exposed to dirt and air after the scrub. Give yourself a luxurious foot massage by focusing on pressure points. They help you de-stress and leaves you feeling revitalized.
Glam them up
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to nail paint patterns today. There are a variety of polishing techniques such as French polish, various nail art techniques and for a long lasting impact options like gelish are a great bet. However, sometimes you may just prefer skipping this step and allowing your nails to breathe the fresh air, in such cases coat your nails with a nail strengthener or applying nail oil frequently can also be a great way to prevent your nails from getting brittle and dry.
If truth be told, who doesn’t want happy feet? And what better way than to save yourself from burning a hole in your pocket. So, what are you waiting for? Go get your pedicure essentials and start getting the kind of nails you have always desired! Good Luck!