Home Pedicure

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During the colder months, our feet spend a lot of time hidden in warm winter wear. Then, when summer comes, we want our nails to look their best. After all, the best accessory for summer style is well-groomed, pretty toes adding elegance and charm to our outfit. The goods news is that perfect at-home pedicures are much easier than they seem, and with a little practice, you will be able to give yourself salon-quality pedicures with ease. 
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Benefits of doing pedicure at home

When it comes to pedicures, doing it yourself has many benefits over the salon.

Firstly, you can do it at your leisure and save a trip.

Second, pedicures need to be done regularly (at least once a month) to maintain great results. Done in a salon, that can add up to a significant spend. Done at home, with the right tools and care, you can enjoy some extra spending money to treat yourself on other things (this season’s strappy sandals, anyone?)

Compared to the salon, home pedicures are also much safer because you are at no risk of contracting dangerous bacteria and fungus that like to stick to the blades of pedicure instruments.

Hygiene at any salon should be of the utmost importance and you should never be too shy to ask if the instruments are sterilised after each client, to avoid unpleasant and unsightly infections.

Finally…perfect pedicures at home are easy. All you need is to know basic techniques and have the right tools.

Keen for some tips? Enjoy our helpful guide.
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Prepare essentials

You will need: 
  • Tub with warm water
  • Nail polish remover and cotton balls (if you have previously applied nail polish that needs to be removed)
  • Pumice stone or pumice sponge or callus rasp
  • Foot file and nail file
  • Toenail clipper or toenail nipper
  • Foot cream
  • Optional additional supplies:
  • Bath salt or soap
  • Top and base coat, and polish colour of your choice
  • Toe separator

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Step 1 - Remove old polish

After a while, nail polish becomes dull and may chip, detracting from the natural beauty of your toes. For a fresh look, it needs to be re-applied regularly.

Begin by using a cotton ball dipped in nail polish remover and remove any old polish, including the stubborn bits along the cuticle.
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Step 2 - Soak your feet

Fill a tub with warm water to cover your ankles. You can add a dash of bath salt or soap, to help soften tough calluses, nails and cuticles. Let your feet soak for 10 minutes. Not only does it soften your skin - soaking also helps to remove the dirt that might have built up on your feet.
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Step 3 - Scrub to remove the rough skin

The skin on our feet can become rough from rubbing against footwear. Pumice stone or callus rasp are perfect for smoothing out the roughness on your heels and scrubbing down tough calluses.

Sensitive skin? Try a gentler pumice sponge instead, After removing callused areas from your heels, use a foot file to remove any dead skin from your entire foot. Special foot files have a wider surface to clean up any remaining dirt and comfortable handles, to help you reach every bit of your feet.

Rinse your feet with warm water and dry them with a towel.
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Step 4 - Moisturise your feet

Pamper your deserving feet even more by applying a rich foot cream, containing coconut oil, vitamin E or shea butter, and wait a few minutes. The cream will smooth and soften your skin after scrubbing.

For the ultimate absorption, try putting on thick socks to help the cream soak in to every centimetre of your skin.
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Heavy-Duty TOPINOX Nail Nipper by Niegeloh (Germany)

Step 5 - Trim your toenails

Once the socks are off again, use a toenail clipper or nail nippers and cut your toenails straight across, without cutting the corners. Cutting corners sets you up for rather painful ingrown nails and dangerous infections. Therefore, use a toenail clipper or toenail nipper with larger straight blade and trim the nails in just one snip.

What about the nail edge? How much of the nail length should you remove? The best advice here is to leave just a short white tip. If you leave your toenails long, they will rub against your shoes and the pressure from rubbing can lead to the nail bed turning black, as well as adding significant discomfort.

Important:
Always ensure you use clean pedicure tools. Dirty tools that have not been cleaned and sterilized contain potentially dangerous bacteria or fungus that like to stick to the blades. Between each use, wipe them with a cloth dipped in alcohol or antiseptic. Even if you are the only one using your pedicure instruments, you still need to clean your instruments: the bacteria or fungus stuck on the blades sets you up for dangerous infections. Not all materials are resistant to corrosion, so check your instruments are made of high quality stainless steel if you do need to sterilise them. 

Useful tip:
The best time to trim your nails is after a bath or a shower, when they are soft.
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Step 6 - File your toenails

Use your nail file to smooth out sharp edges on the sides and do any further shaping. A slightly squared shape is considered the most suitable for toenails. 




Useful tips:
  • Only file your nails when they are completely dry
  • File in one direction only to avoid splitting or breaking
  • If you are not planning to apply nail polish, then your pedicure is finished.

Or, get painting for some stylish glamour…

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Step 7 Apply nail polish

Prepare your nail for the polish. To prevent any slip-up, use toe separators and apply a base coat. This will make the nail surface smooth and the colour will be more even. Next, apply nail polish of your choice by brushing from the middle of your nail at the cuticle line towards the tip. Repeat on the sides to fill in the colour. Finish with a clear top coat so the nail polish lasts longer without chipping.

Helpful advice: 
Often, pedicure instruments are included in manicure sets so it is more cost-effective and easier to store all tools in one place. 


Lucky you - your beautiful pedicure is done! Now your outfit is complete and it's time to shine!

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