Saturday, 22 December 2012

Pedicure at home in just 5 steps:



Step 1- Trim and shape your nails:
Start with removing all the traces of nail paint (if any) with the help of nail paint remover. Trim your nails straight across (don’t cut the corners too much) and give them desired shape using a nail filer. You can trim and shape your nails even after soaking but in case your nails are soft, trim and shape them first (as your nails will get too soft for shaping once they are soaked)

Step 2- Foot bath:
A nice foot bath session is a great help in getting rid of day long stress. Fill warm water in a bucket or tub (water should be enough to cover up to your ankles) and add:
  • Bath salts (1/2 cup)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • A few drops of a Foot wash or shampoo
  • Essential oil of your choice (10-12 drops)
  • A few smooth pebbles (these will render a gentle massage as you place your feet on them)
    Take a comfortable position, soak your feet (for 15-20 minutes) and relax.

    Step 3- Exfoliate:
    • Once you are done with the soaking. Pat your feet dry and rub in some cuticle cream on the base of each toe nail to soften your cuticles and leave it on for a few minutes. Meanwhile use a foot file or pumice stone to slough away dry and dead skin cells from your heels, balls of the feet, sides of the heels and the area around your toes. Don’t scrape too hard be gentle while scrubbing.  
    • Now wipe off the cuticle cream and gently push back cuticles using a cuticle pusher. You can use an old toothbrush to scrub your toes and area underneath your nails. Gently clean the dirt under your nails as well.
    • Pat your feet dry and massage them using a foot scrub. Gently scrub the foot sole, ankles, top and sides of the feet, area in between your toes and your heels (make sure your feet are dry before you apply scrub).

     Step 4- Moisturize:
    Once you are done with scrubbing, wash your feet, wipe and moisturize them. Moisturizing softens, hydrates and protects your feet from cracking. Slather the moisturizer on your feet and massage well until it is completely absorbed. Massage promotes blood circulation, nourishes the skin and foot muscles.

    Step5- Dress them up:
    Pick a nail paint of your choice and paint your toe nails. Apply a base coat first and let it dry then you can apply the subsequent coat (this will make your nail paint last longer). You can also jazz up your feet with beautiful anklets.


    Do this once a week along with daily cleansing and moisturizing to keep your feet soft and beautiful!!!

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