How to give yourself a simple pedicure at home.

Updated: Feb 9

I know you want that luxury spa pedicure, you enjoy the ambiance, the pampering, the hand, and foot massage that relaxes your mind and body. I know it's a beautiful getaway from the daily stresses of life. but what if I tell you that you can recreate it all at home with only a few items and the most basic of know-hows.

Step 1: Gather your products and tools,

Giving yourself a pedicure at home will require some basic supplies, having the appropriate tools on hand will make all the difference. It is entirely up to you to decide how much luxury you want at home. To get yourself a semi-professional pedicure at home, you will need to gather all the following items on the list below;

  • Nail file and clippers

  • Foot file or pumice stone

  • Foot cream and cuticle oil

  • Nail polish remover

  • Nail polish

  • Basecoat

  • Topcoat

  • Basin, large bowl/wash pan, or a bathtub

Set up an Ambiance that mimics the luxury spa experience if needs it. Sure we know it would not be the same but setting up your little pedicure station, whip out a glass of wine (red or chardonnay) whichever you like put on some smooth jazz and you are ready to go.

Step 2: Prep your nails

So the mood is set, no let's start to prep your nails. Nail prep includes removing old polish, proper polish removal is important. Soak a cotton pad in some polish remover if it is normal polish use acetone-free formulation if possible. Gel polish on the other hand would require a bit more work. Hold down the polish remover soaked pad on each nail for 5-seconds and then wipe. Pay attention to this step to get all the polish off. My blog post on How to Apply Press- On Nails in 3 Easy Steps preparation of the nail is presented in a more detailed fashion, read more to see to it is done in a step-by-step manner.

Step 3: Trim down and shape your toenails

So your feet are now smooth like a god damn baby's bottom and clean like a whistle, reach for your trusty nail clippers. Use your clippers to do a rough cut down of your nails, but don't trim them down too much to your nail bed that can cause irritation and may bleed. trim them generously. once you have reached your desired length, file down the edges until your nails are even and edges are rounded. Doing all this nail work before soaking and washing the feet helps to remove any residue that's left from, prepping, trimming, and shaping the nails.

Step 4: Soak your nails and all of your feet.

Now look, there is a reason why you soak your feet, it causes your cuticles and tough skin to soften, and it's my favorite step. I just want to live the good life. Fill up your basin/ bathtub or foot spa with warm water and add some bath salts. Put your feet in let them soak for 10-15 minutes. Drink your wine, relax, listen to some soothing music while the bath salt does its job.

There are many scrubbing products out there that help greatly with the exfoliation process, we recommend this one Majestic Pure Himalayan Salt Body Scrub with Lychee Oil, Exfoliating Salt Scrub to Exfoliate & Moisturize Skin, Deep Cleansing

Step 5: Remove any dead skin

Pick up your pumice stone or foot file to destroy all your calluses. Scrub your feet, remove dead skin that has built up by scrubbing your feet while they are wet. Go as hard as you can, remove all dead skin. Direct most attention to your heels and other areas where the most pressure is applied while you walk, that's where callous is mostly formed. Be careful here ok, you need to scrub your feet until they become smooth, not raw. There shouldn't be any visibly bleeding scrapes or bruises.

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Step 6: Apply cuticle oil

Your cuticles are important and hence require special attention. They play a major role in protecting your nails from bacteria and fungus. Adding cuticle oil to your cuticles will improve and maintain the overall health of your nails. I recommend only pushing back your cuticles don't cut or trim them, save all that work for the professionals like myself. Leave your cuticles to a trained nail technician.

This blog post What's the Difference Between the Cuticle and Eponychium? I outlined what the cuticle is and how important it is.

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In my blog post, Getting a Manicure & Pedicure for Men. A step by Step Male Grooming Guide for Men. I addressed men and their reluctance to proper practice self-care when it comes to their nails. I recommend a monthly pedicure or twice a month if possible and how dedicating time to do regular pedicures ensure that your feet look and smell better.

I also said that they leave it to the professionals to leave them feeling fresh and brand new. but at times it's ok to actively play a role in our grooming and trust me it doesn't hurt to do a simple pedicure at home.

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