Not only does a pedicure make your feet look great, but it's also incredibly relaxing and meditative. Professional pedicures take time and money, but you can actually accomplish the very same results at home. Here's how:
Ready, Set, Soak
You'll need to take off your old polish first, and clean your feet as well.
Virgin coconut oil sloughs off dead cells and combats microorganisms as it softens and moisturizes.
Essential oils stimulate circulation, detoxify, and work pleasant scents deep into the skin. Pineapple works in similar fashion.
Start by using nail polish remover to remove all your old polish, taking care to get into nooks and crannies of the nail bed.
Fill a bowl or basin with a gallon of warm water and 4 cups of pineapple juice or a drop of scented essential oil, such as lavender or mint.
Soak for at least 10 minutes, wiggling and rotating your feet and toes.
Use an orange stick, the tip of a nail file and/or a nail brush to clean around and under nails.
Gently rub each foot while still under water.
Epsom salts are anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and exfoliating. Sugar is a good exfoliant as well and pineapple juice works in similar fashion.
Combine 1/8 cup of warm water with 1/4 cup of Epsom salts or sugar and 1/4 cup of virgin coconut oil. For an added touch, consider throwing in two slices of fresh pineapple or coconut shavings as well.
Take one foot out of the water at a time. Rub in the exfoliating mixture with your hands, rinse in the basin, massage vigorously with a textured sponge, loofa, pumice or callus stone, and rinse again.
The exfoliating, cleansing, nourishing and moisturizing properties of virgin coconut oil make for a smooth, soft, clean pedicure.
Pat each foot dry and massage in cuticle oil. It is not necessary to push your cuticles back as they do protect the nail bed. If you want to, gently push them back with your orange stick.
Next, rub virgin coconut oil into every inch of your foot, nails and cuticles. Really work it in, then rub the actual nails dry until they are matte enough to accept polish.
Clip and File
Clip each nail carefully, making sure not to cut too close to your skin, or to clip skin itself. Gently file your nails, taking care to make them even and similarly shaped.
Filing straight across is the best strategy because pointed nails tend to break while rounding can lead to ingrown nails.
Polish and Buff
Apply polish ever so carefully. Haste makes waste.
A base coat can ward off yellowing and make the nails more receptive to polish. A top coat strengthens and protects nails.
Two coats of color ensure a longer lasting pedicure as well. Dry for at least two or three minutes between each coat.
Nails can seem dry before they are ready for socks or shoes, which can cause fine lines and smudges if put on too soon. Allow a minimum of 20 minutes in open air. A fan or blow dryer can help.