Spring is upon us, and that means it’s time to get your feet out of those boots and into a cute pair of sandals! Rather than spending a fortune on a pedicure at the spa, give yourself the royal treatment at home with this simple guide for DIY foot care.
Sit and soak
With manicures you can sometimes get by without a solid soak, but this is certainly not the case when it comes to foot care. When giving yourself a pedicure, the longer you can let your feet soak, the better. Our feet experience a lot of wear and tear during the day, and to give them the care they need, a good soak is required to soften up the skin so that proper beauty treatments can take place. If you have a pedicure tub, you’re all set! If not, soak your feet in a large pot, bowl or tub full of warm, soapy water.
Scrape it off
All day long, your feet are crammed into tiny spaces, bumped up against things and bear the brunt of your weight. To deal with such trauma, your feet can pack on extra skin, which doesn’t look overly cute in a pair of flip-flops. Once you have soaked your feet for 10–15 minutes, use a pumice stone to scrape away excess skin that has collected on your heels, toes or the balls of your feet. The more dead skin you scrape off, the more smooth your feet will feel and look, so don’t skimp on this step!
Exfoliating is a great way to get any leftover residue or dead skin off your feet. Look for a product that is specifically targeted toward foot care, since your feet require tougher exfoliation than other parts of your body.
The trimming of your toenails is an important step, and if done incorrectly, it could cause you unnecessary pain. Trim your toenails in a relatively straight line with a wide clipper.You can file them down a touch to create a smooth look, but just be careful of filing down the corners too much, or you may wind up with painful ingrown toenails. If you run your finger along the edge of your nails and they more or less line up with the tips of your toes, that’s perfect.
Using a cuticle stick, gently push your cuticles back so they don’t interfere with the look of your polish. This should be a fairly easy task, since the cuticle skin will have softened in the warm water. You can also apply a cuticle oil to add some extra moisture to the area.
Keeping your feet moisturized is such an important aspect of foot care, and it’s one that gets forgotten all too often. Make sure you use a cream specifically designed for feet, as your cracked heels need more moisture than any other part of your body. You can also look for products containing peppermint extract for an additional refreshing boost.
This is by far the most fun portion of the pedicure process. Unlike your fingernails, people don’t see your toes every day. And that means you can have an extra bit of fun with your color selection and style. It’s easy to cover up your toes for a work event and then let them shine for a night out with the girls, so don’t be afraid to opt for a fun, bold hue. And don’t forget to finish it off with a topcoat to ensure it lasts!