Your feet say a lot about your personality and your health and with a few simple, cost-effective ways, even you can make your feet prettier! The chaos and the hustle-bustle of daily life put excessive pressure on the poor feet-the skin of our feet becomes dry and our heels start to crack.
Do not neglect your feet; they need all the care and attention, just like your face. To help you with this, BetterButter tells you how to give yourself a pedicure at home.
Just like a manicure, a pedicure also involves a series of steps. These steps have to be executed in the following way, one after the other.
1) Remove Nail Polish
Use a nail polish remover to remove nail paint from your toes. Use a good quality remover, since the acetone present in the remover can make the skin around the toenails dry.
2) Soak your Feet in a Tub filled with Warm Water
Fill a tub with warm water and add a liquid soap or a mild shampoo to it. Soak your feet in the tub for 15-20 minutes. You will notice that the outermost layer of the skin on your heels swells up and becomes soft, making it easier to remove it. Lightly scrape the skin of your heels with a scraper and remove the dead skin cells. After this, scrub your feet clean with a pumice stone.
After removing your feet from the tub, gently dry them with a clean towel. Now use a nail cutter and a nail file to cut and shape your toenails.
4) Scrub your Feet with an Exfoliating Cream
Apply cuticle cream onto your toenails and let them stay like this for some time. Till the cream penetrates the skin and makes it soft, gently massage your feet with a mild scrub. Along with the feet, massaging your legs will also remove dead skin cells from them. This helps to exfoliate your feet and clean them.
To prepare your cuticles, use an orange/cuticle stick and carefully push the skin surrounding the nails (called cuticles) towards the back. If you have a cuticle trimmer, use it to gently trim the cuticles surrounding your toenails. Finally, massage cuticle cream onto your toenails in order to add moisture to the soft, freshly-trimmed cuticles. If you want, you can also use a nail buffer to buff your nails and make them shine.
6) Moisturize your Feet
Finally, massage your legs with a good-quality moisturizer. Not only does this make your skin soft, but it also gives the skin the required moisture and nutrition. Heels require a bit more massaging in order to reduce their dryness. If possible, massage your feet every night before sleeping as this will help you retain the glow of your feet and improve blood circulation in your feet. Foot creams are easily available in the market today so you can try using these creams as well.
Now, it’s time to apply nail polish on your toenails. Choose a nail paint of your choice and apply one coat of this. Let this coat dry. After some time, apply a second coat and then the final, top coat. Let this coat dry completely. The right way to apply nail polish is to apply it in long, brush strokes on your nails. Start from the centre of the nail, move downwards and then upwards. This will ensure that the nail polish, when applied, looks identical on each nail.
Try to give yourself a pedicure every 15 days. After doing this simple pedicure at home, don’t forget to admire and show off your feet!
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