How to Give Yourself a Pedicure At-Home in 8 Easy Steps
Forget spending an arm and a leg at the spa and give yourself a pedicure at home with these eight easy steps. Not only will you feel utterly relaxed and pampered, you’ll also save a few bucks by giving yourself a DIY pedicure instead of spending that hard-earned cash at the spa!
Let’s face it, a good at-home spa day is what Sundays were made for. Before gearing up to tackle the workweek ahead, it’s always nice to unwind with a little (or a lot of) self-pampering. You can choose to indulge in a facial using some of your favorite face masks or you can sink into a relaxing and aromatherapy-infused bubble bath. While we like to check off all of the above during our at-home spa days, a relaxing Sunday just wouldn’t be complete without a pedicure.
While a spa pedicure is great—what with the warm paraffin dips and those unbelievably comfortable massage chairs—the cost of a spa pedicure isn’t always in the cards. One of our favorite ways to treat ourselves when we’re on a budget is with a DIY pedicure at home—and thankfully it couldn’t be more easy to do! From scrubbing away built-up dead skin to treating our feet to a little at-home massage, we’re sharing exactly how to give yourself a pedicure at home in eight simple steps below.
What You’ll Need for a DIY Pedicure:
Before you can start your at-home pedicure, you’ll need to make sure you have the right tools. Below are the 11 tools you’ll need for your DIY pedicure:
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton balls
- Bath soak
- Body scrub or pumice stone
- Nail clippers
- Nail file
- Cuticle oil
- Base coat
- Nail polish in the color of your choice
- Top coat
How to Do a DIY Pedicure
Step 1: Gather Your Tools
When you go to the spa, your nail technician typically has everything she needs set out in front of her. This is to make it easier to transition from step to step during the pedicure—and when you’re doing a pedicure at home, this can make the process a little more relaxing. What’s more, once you start polishing your toes, you’re not going to want to get up and walk around to grab the next item you need! So your first step in your DIY pedicure is to gather those tools!
Step 2: Remove Any Leftover Polish
If you have any leftover nail polish on your toes, now is the time to remove it. You’ll want to start with a clean canvas for your fresh pedicure. Use the nail polish remover of your choice and soak a few cotton balls with it before gently sweeping them over your toenails. You may have to repeat the process a few times depending on the color that you were previously sporting.
Step 3: Soak Your Feet
Once you’re ready to get started, fill the tub up with warm water, add a few capfuls of your favorite aromatherapy-scented bath soak, and soak your feet! We like Kiehl’s Lavender Foaming Relaxing Bath. Formulated with soothing aloe vera and Dead Sea Salts, this bubble bath fills your bathroom with the calming scent of lavender and your bathtub with lots of foamy suds. Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes and then move on to the next step in your DIY pedicure.
Step 4: Slough Away Dead Skin Cell Buildup
After your feet spend a winter tucked away in heavy socks and boots, by the time spring rolls around they likely need a little extra TLC. After soaking, kiss any buildup of dry, dead skin goodbye with a two-part foot and leg scrub. Exfoliation is a great way to remove dead skin cell buildup to help reveal more radiant-looking skin underneath.
Pat your feet dry and use use The Body Shop’s Spoon Foot File to help remove the rough skin from the soles of your feet—because let's face it, calluses are real you guys. Then, rub an exfoliating body scrub over your feet and legs in gentle massaging motions. Try The Body Shop’s Spa of the World African Ximenia Scrub. The luxuriously-scented scrub is formulated with oil from Ximenia trees—native to Namibia and rich in oleic acid—to help hydrate and nourish skin and tiny grains to gently exfoliate.
After exfoliating, soak your feet a little longer and, when you’re ready, move on to the next step.
Step 5: Massage in a Moisturizer
After the relaxing soak and the much-needed scrub down, pat your feet dry and reach for a body lotion made specifically for your feet for a soothing massage. We like Carol’s Daughter’s Peppermint Foot Lotion. Thanks to the peppermint oil, this lotion will feel cool on contact and help to energize those tired toes. Plus, a nourishing blend of oils help to treat your feet to some much-needed hydration. Use a generous amount of the lotion and massage it onto your feet and calves.
Step 6: Groom Your Toenails
Next, use the toe-nail clippers and nail file to cut and shape your toenails. Be careful when shaping your nails—it’s recommended to shape your toenails in squares and not ovals to help to avoid hangnails. When you file, do as nail technicians do and file in the same direction each time.
Step 7: Hydrate Your Nails
Before you get great to polish your toes reach for a cuticle oil to help keep your nails looking healthy and feeing hydrated—we use Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil to help us care for our cuticles. After the oil has absorbed, it’s time to polish!
Step 8: Polish Your Toes
Now that you’re ready to polish your toes, reach for your base coat and apply one to two coats. Once the base coat has dried, apply a couple coats of a nail polish in the color of your choice. Finally, apply a coat of top coat to help prolong the life of your pedicure and you’re done!
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