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Pedicure Product and equipments - How to give a pedicure at home?

A pedicure is the ultimate pampering experience: Whether you go to a day spa or DIY, your feet will be better for it. Our everyday shoes can cause havoc with callouses, corns and blisters becoming second nature to keeping up with the addiction that many of us have to shoes! You don't need to rush off to a salon before donning those open-toed shoes. Get your feet in tip-top shape at home.

Your pedicure kit includes:

  • some heavy, rich moisturiser
  • a pumice stone,
  • shaped nail scissors,
  • heavy duty nail buffers and
  • some of your favourite polishes.

Steps for the Pedicure at home - Make your feets feel softer and look prettier

  • Remove old polish from the nails of both feet.

  • Soak your feet in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes. Add Epsom salts or any other commercial foot soak.

  • Dry your feet with a big, fluffy towel and then apply some lotion to your feet. They can never be too soft.

  • Use a nail file to smooth the edges, including the sides. Best shape: square with rounded edges.

  • Push back your cuticles. Use a cuticle moisturizer if they do not push back easily after soaking.

  • Moisten a cotton ball and rub over the toenail. This will remove any oily residue from the lotions used.

  • Apply basecoat, two coats of color and a thin topcoat.  Be sure to allow a minimum of 1 minute between coatings for each coat of enamel to dry. 

  • Let your polish dry for a few hours before putting on close-toed shoes. Apply one coat of top coat three days after your pedicure, then every third day after that to keep polish from chipping.

Pedicure Basics

As the name suggests this section deals with the up-keep and maintenance of your feet's beauty. This makes feet clean, free of corns and beautiful. For pedicure you need following material: a bowlful lukewarm water mixed with soap; pumice stone; nail varnish remover; a little of good cream or oil; salt; cider vinegar; lime-skin; nail cutter; nail filer; nail brush; cuticle cream; cuticle pusher; nail cleaner; French chalk; nail buffer (to produce a home made nail buffer wrap a cotton-ball into a piece of velvet).

Pedicure Process

First see whether your toe-nails are not dirty. If they are, clean them with the nail cleaner. Then remove the nail polish with the help of nail varnish remover. Cut the toes' nails with the cutter and file them with the filer to give them straight filing. This way the nails won't grow towards inside. Now take lukewarm water in a bowl and add to it salt and cider vinegar as per the requirement. Usually one is to 4 ratio seems adequate. Soak your feet in this solution for about 10 minutes. If you want you can add some perfume also in this mixture. In summers a few drops of eau-de-cologne would be ideal. In winters you can go for any almond based perfume. When you keep your feet soaked in this water for about 20 minutes or so you would find your skin losing its rough outer layer. To remove the dead skin cells rub the area with the pumice stone.

Now apply cuticle cream on the toe-nails and press the skin of the big and small toes with the cuticle pusher. Having done so to your satisfaction rub the lemon-skin (inside). Over the toes, skin to make it clean and shining. Now drain off this water and take fresh water in another bowl or the same bowl freshly cleaned. Dry your feet in the intervening period and then liberally rub cream over the entire-feet. After this treatment the cream fits well in the pores to keep your feet soft and shining. Now put a little French chalk on every nail and start the buffing operation till each nail starts shining. Having treated your feet this way you will feel as if you are flying when you go for a walk.

I think soaking with good salts is the important step in doing pedicure. It really works. - kim

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