Hello! This is Nicky from Pedi Reviews and I’m going to be sharing with you some smart tips to help you enjoy professional pedicure results while staying safe and making wise use of your time and money.
Getting a professional pedicure can be a very pampering experience, but it can also be costly, time-consuming and risky. Consider the fact that when you set up a professional pedicure, you must devote time to making the appointment and to getting there and back home again in addition to the time you spend at the salon.
When you pay for your visit, your money pays for the service. You do get a nice pedicure, but you are not purchasing anything lasting or of value. When your toenails grow out and the polish wears off, you will have to pay for the service all over again.
In addition to these drawbacks, you may be surprised to learn that the chances of contracting a bacterial or fungal infection from improperly cleaned, shared pedicure equipment is significant. If you are unfortunate enough to become ill from this service, illness, inconvenience and more expense will surely follow.
For all of these reasons, when you are trying to decide whether or not to get a professional pedicure, you may soon come to believe that your time and money would be better invested in purchasing your own pedicure equipment and learning to give yourself a safe, affordable, pampering treatment at home – your own DIY pedicure.
DIY Salon Pedicure
What You’ll Need
- Nail polish remover – non acetone is best.
- A home foot spa or a bowl or tub large enough for your feet
- Homemade exfoliating sugar scrub
- A good set of toenail clippers
- A high quality crystal nail file
- A multi-sided buffing block
- Body butter or foot cream
- A sturdy foot file
- Vitamin E oil
- Cotton balls
What You’ll Do
- Begin by cleaning up and tidying your toenails. Use your cotton balls and polish remover to get all old polish off your nails.
- Trim your nails straight across with toenail clippers and file the corners gently to eliminate snags. Be careful not to trim or file too closely as this can cause ingrown toenails and lead to infection.
- Buff the tops of your nails with the coarse side of your buffing block. This will smooth the surface and remove any stains. Finish up with the smooth surface of the block.
- Buff hard skin on your heels, toes and balls of your feet with your foot file.
- Soak your feet for at least ten minutes in comfortably warm water. You can add essential oils for aromatherapy if you wish. About 20 drops of oil of lavender provides both relaxing and anti-fungal benefits.
TIP: Put a layer of marbles on the bottom of your soaking bowl and roll your feet over them as you soak.
- Exfoliate your feet and smooth your skin with a homemade scrub. Just mix a tablespoon each of plain sugar and baby oil gel. Scrub your feet with it and rinse it off.
- While your feet are still damp, push your cuticles back gently with your fingertips. Do not push them back with an orangewood stick or other implement. Your cuticles protect your nails and nail bed from bacterial and fungal infection. If they are damaged, you put yourself at risk for serious problems.
- Dry your feet and massage them with body butter or foot lotion. Massage Vitamin E oil into the nails and cuticles. Use a gentle upward motion on the cuticles to “train” them back for a neat appearance.
- Put on cotton socks and put your feet up. Rest, listen to music, read a book or just go to bed. Allow the moisturizing products you have applied to soak in and do their work for a significant period of time before polishing your toenails.
TIP: Some articles will tell you to put plastic over your feet to facilitate softening, but this is a bad idea. Plastic will hold in moisture and encourage fungal growth. A pair of cotton or cotton/wool socks is a much better choice.
Treat Yourself To A Polishing Session
It’s best to do your toenail polishing in a separate session the next day after your moisturizing and conditioning products have had a chance to soak in and do their work. If you can’t wait that long, do at least put your feet up for half an hour to let your moisturizing and conditioning products soak in.
To polish your toenails you will need:
- Non-acetone polish remover
- Color polish of your choice
- Toe separator
- Cotton swabs
- Cotton balls
- Base coat
- Top coat
- Put the toe separator in place to keep your toes apart for fewer errors and faster drying. If you do make a mistake, clean it up promptly with a cotton swab and polish remover.
- Wipe your nails gently with non-acetone polish remover to establish a clean surface.
- Apply a light, thin base coat and allow it to dry thoroughly.
- Apply two thin coats of polish, allowing ample time for each coat to dry.
- Apply a top coat to protect the polish and extend the life of your pedicure. Applying a second top coat after a day or two can help brighten the appearance of your nails and makes your pedicure last even longer.
TIP: For the very best results, be still and allow ample time for your nails to dry between coats.
Enjoy Good Savings & Good Health
Setting aside a special time each week to pamper yourself is a very healthy lifestyle habit. When you own and use your own pedicure equipment, you can save time and money and eliminate the risks inherent in getting a professional pedicure.
About the Author: Nicky Ellis is a certified podiatrist in London, UK and also owns and operates her own blog about foot care.