Over the past few years doing my own manicures and pedicures at home has become both relaxing and cost effective. I used to pay upwards of $100 per month for salon visits where as now it only costs around $20 for my personal nail supplies which I purchase around every three months. Over the years I’ve found a lot of ways to get salon results without the salon price.
A few months ago I dedicated an entire video on my manicure process where I went into step by step what works for me. You can watch that video here.
Today I’d like to share a few things I’ve learned to get a great pedicure.
Remove Cuticles Before you Soak.
I like to use a cuticle softening method as opposed to scraping my cuticles away. I use cuticle oil that is designed to ‘melt’ away the cuticle. I apply this oil before I soak my feet. That way the cuticles practically remove themselves while my feet are soaking.
Soak Soak Soak!
I soak my feet until the water is nearly cold. In fact, I like to allow the water to get cold, pull the stopper and then add more hot water and let that get cold too before I begin to scrub off any dead skin. I like to use a concoction of bubble bath mixed with lemon juice and essential oils to get big bubbles without drying out my skin.
Once my feet have been soaking and are all moisturized I use small circles to remove dead skin. Many times we feel that the more aggressively we scrub the better…well…sometimes being aggressive will further damage our skin. I’ve learned that using a circular motion removes the most dead skin and leaves a smoother surface.
Seal In the Moisture
Once I’ve dried my feet, painted my toes and allowed the polish to completely dry I like to add a generous amount of Vaseline to my entire foot. I’m not afraid to get in every crack and crevasse! Then I put on a pair of socks for ten to fifteen minutes or until my skin doesn’t feel greasy. Once I remove the socks my feet are very smooth and soft.
If you would like to see how I set up for an at home spa pedicure just click the play.