Friday, August 1, 2008

How To Do Pedicure At Home

A well done pedicure can enhance the appearance of your feet and toenails which are often a neglected part of the body. Pedicure includes trimming, shaping, polishing toenails, as well as feet massage.

You will need:
  • a basin
  • bath soak
  • nail polish remover
  • emery board
  • towel
  • cuticle oil
  • pumice stone
  • toe separator
  • nail polish
  • moisturizer
  • top coat base

The first thing you should do is to remove the old nail polish using nail polish remover. Transport a basin of warm water to a cozy chair. Add some oil or bath soak in it. The oil smooths the skin, smooths the nails surface and makes the cuticles supple.

Soak your feet for about 20 minutes. File your nails using an emery board. File them straight across each nail. Remember always file in one direction. Keep the length 3 mm shy of the tips trik of your toes for a groomed look. Remember: never cut your nails if they are wet as they will be more prone to tearing.

Smooth cuticle oil over your cuticles and leave it to work for a few minutes and then push the cuticles back using an orange stick. Run the stick under your nails to clean them. Use pumice stone on the sole and back of the heel to remove any rough skin. Use a foot scrub to slough away the dead skin cells on the balls and heel of your feet. The scrub will leave your feet feeling smooth and fresh.Make sure your nails are completely dry before applying nail polish.

Use the toe separator to create space between toes. Splurge on a good base coat. Apply one sweep of polish down the centre of the nail and then continue on either side. Apply two coats of colored polish. When the nail polish is completely dry, remove the toe separator and apply a dusting of foot powder. Use a cotton bud dipped in remover to clean up around the edges.

  • For a heel scrub you can mix milk, baking soda and salt.
  • If you want to nourish your feet, to make them silky and smooth you can cover them with a thick layer of Vaseline and put on a pair of socks before going to bed.
  • Never go to bed or wear shoes until the polish is completely dry.
  • Never file your nails too deep.
  • Shimmer polish enhances a tan, while bright colors and complement an outfit.
  • Use foot cream to soften the skin
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