Ever wonder where to start with an at home pedicure? I’ve made it simple in this beginner’s guide to the best DIY End of Summer Pedicure. Even though the time for lovely strappy sandals and flip flops is coming to an end (unless you live in Florida like I do), a pedicure will refresh your feet and prepare them for a Fall and Winter of confining closed-toed shoes and boots. And while a salon pedicure is often the way to go if you can afford it, you can also pamper yourself and save money, too!
Start off with a salt-based foot soak in a basin or tub of warm water. If you like, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I like jasmine, vanilla or peppermint. Let your feet soak for about 10 minutes, as the salt will help to soften the skin and the cuticles. Next, use clippers to trim your nails the way you like best. I prefer straight across. Leave just a little bit of white on the nails. Buff your nails with an emery board to round out the edges of your nails.
Next, grab a pumice stone or foot file. I prefer a foot file. Buff where your calluses are the thickest, moving the file or pumice stone gently back and forth. After this, use a thick exfoliating scrub on your feet to remove any remaining dead skin. Don’t over exfoliate and cause breakage in your skin. Rinse and pat dry.
If your nails are discolored try this to restore them to their natural state. Mix 2 1/2 tbsp. of baking soda with 1 tbsp of 3% hydrogen peroxide to create a paste. Use a cotton swab to press the paste onto the nail. Leave it on for three minutes. Rinse the nails with warm water.
Your newly soft and smooth feet will need some added moisture and protection from the elements, so you should immediately use a rich foot cream that contains shea butter. If you want to stop here, after you moisturize put on a pair of natural fiber socks and leave them on overnight.
However, I can never stop there! Next, apply a base coat of nail polish. Pick out a bright color to help you enjoy the end of Summer, and apply two coats. Finish with a fast drying top coat. Now you’re ready to put on a pair of sandals and show off your pedi!