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OIT at-home pedicure article

At-Home Pedicure

A simple, inexpensive and quick treatment

The weekend is coming up and you have plans to spend the day outdoors with friends and family. However, you just realized that your feet are not ready to be exposed to the summer air.

Don’t worry, the solution is simple: a do-it-yourself, at-home pedicure. It’s easy to do and will even help you save some money. You can even use the savings to buy those sandals you’ve always wanted.

Follow these steps for gorgeous feet.

Prep Your Feet

Begin by removing old nail polish with some cotton and nail polish remover.

Place your feet in a bucket of warm water and Epsom salts to help soften them. You can add some Dove Relaxing Lavender Body Wash (Link opens in new window.) to give the water a wonderful aroma and wash your feet.

Let your feet soak for 15 minutes and relax. This is a great opportunity to read a magazine or simply close your eyes and rest.

Touch Up Your Nails and Cuticles

Remove your feet from the bucket and gently dry them. Cut your nails with a nail clipper. Take advantage of the natural light so you can see what you are doing better.

Use a nail file to smooth out any rough edges. For an even look, file your nails in a square shape with rounded edges.

Use an orangewood stick to gently push back the cuticles. Remember not to cut the cuticles in order to keep them from growing even more.

Soften Your Feet

Use a pumice stone to smooth away rough spots on your toes or heels, exfoliating in a circular motion. If you get used to doing this often, the skin on your feet will be soft in a matter of weeks.

Reward Your Feet with a Massage

Now it’ time for a relaxing foot massage. Apply some hydrating lotion, such as Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Soothing Hydration (Link opens in new window.), on your ankles and feet to help with the massage. Press your knuckles lightly into your ankles, arches, and the front of your feet. This will energize you, help relieve any accumulated stress and improve circulation.

A Final Touch of Color

You can apply a priming base first to keep your nails from absorbing the nail polish, followed by two coats of nail polish, and lastly, a clear top coat to help your pedicure last longer.

Remember that your toenails will take at least 15 minutes to dry so don’t put on closed-toe shoes for a while.

There you have it: giving yourself an at-home pedicure is quicker and easier than you imagined. In less than 30 minutes and with minimal expense, your feet will be ready for summer.