I love having soft feet and polished toes, but I do not love paying a stranger $20+ to touch all over my feet (not to mention all the harsh ingredients in the creams, scrubs, and polishes most nail salons use). To avoid this awkward, pricey, and potentially hazardous situation, I gathered all the necessary supplies and gave myself a pedicure just in time for the beach.
If you too would like to fancy up your feet at home, I’ve provided a picture of the supplies I used and a list of the steps I took below.
- Nail Maintenance Kit (Out of this kit, I only used the toenail clippers and the nail file.)
- Karen’s Botanicals Exfoliating Cleansing Grains
- Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme
- Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion
- Piggy Paint Nail Polish Remover
- Piggy Paint in Sea-quin
- Large Baking Pan (This pan should be large enough to accommodate both feet.)
- Ped Egg
- Pumice Stone
- First, I filled the large pan with enough warm water to cover my feet. I soaked them for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, I took my feet out and dried them off with a hand towel.
- Next, I scrubbed both feet with the Exfoliating Cleansing Grains (making sure to get in between my toes and the tops of my feet as well) and rinsed them off in the water I initially soaked them in.
- I dried my feet a second time and began scrubbing my heels with the Ped Egg.
- After removing the dead skin from my heels, I used the pumice stone to scrub the rest of my feet.
- Once my feet felt completely free of dead skin, I trimmed my nails carefully with the toenail clippers, leaving enough nail on each toe to avoid a future ingrown toenail.
- Next, I used to end of the nail file to remove any dirt from underneath each nail tip.
- Then, I applied the coconut creme in between my toes (which tends to be especially dry) and the peppermint lotion all over the remaining area.
- After using a cotton swab dipped in polish remover to get rid of any lotion/creme that ended up on my toenails, I painted each nail with my Sea-quin Piggy Paint.
- Adding a step that wasn’t entirely necessary (but following a suggestion provided on my polish bottle), I dried my freshly-painted toenails with a blow dryer on medium heat with the low blower setting for approximately 1 minute.
From my smooth, pleasantly minty feet to the bright, fun polish color, I am very happy with the results of my at-home pedicure. If I were inconsiderate and aimed to gross you guys out, I would’ve posted a before picture. The finished product would have been all the more impressive!
After going to so much trouble to make your feet pretty (assuming you’ll give this DIY pedicure a go), don’t forget to protect them from the sun!
Filed under: health and beauty, natural products, skin care