Home Pedicure 101

We’re finally seeing some sunshine here in the Toronto area and the weather channel says it’ll be 16C today and while we both know Mother Nature has some more cold and misery headed our way before we’re completely into Spring it’s time to dig out those sandals and open toe shoes. For those of you reading this in other parts of the country, we’re sorry about all the cold & snow, we’re wishing warm temps and sunshine for you ASAP!

This morning for the first time in 6 or 8 months I was ready to pull out those cute sandals I picked up last spring but stopped when I looked down and realized I had the dreaded winter feet. A pedicure is overdue but I don’t have time to go out for a professional one – time to for the home pedicure.

Assemble Your Tools:

  • Basin of water – not too hot to soak in but hot enough to be comfortable for a good 15 minutes soak.
  • Liquid soap – hand soap, body wash, shampoo, even dish soap works
  • Pumice stone, foot file or Ped Egg – if you are using a Ped Egg skip the soak at step 1 and go right to step 2
  • Foot scrub, facial scrub or body scrub
  • Nail clippers
  • File or emery board
  • Cuticle cream or cuticle remover
  • Cuticle pusher or orange stick
  • Toe separators
  • Polish, base coat, top coat
  • Foot cream or moisturizer

Step by Step Home Pedicure

  1. Soak!note if you plan to use a Ped Egg or other device you should read the instructions first. I know from experience that when the instructions on the Ped Egg say to use only on dry feet, they mean it. Skip to step 2. Prepare your soak by adding a few drops the liquid soap of your choice (shampoo, hand soap, body wash, etc.) to warm water in the basin. Make sure your feet are clean and free of polish and plunge them in and soak for 15 to 30 minutes.
  2. The beauty of the home pedicure is you can do other things while you soak. Watch an episode of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, chat with friends online, Pin another 50 things to your Pinterest “one day I will make this” board, or read more articles on Her City Lifestyle!

  3. File! – File any dry, rough or callused areas like heels with a pumice stone, foot file, or Ped Egg. Use the coarse grain of the file on the worst areas and then go over your entire foot bottom with the fine grain of the file.
  4. Scrub!note if you skipped step 1 now’s your chance to soak too! Soak for at least 10 minutes if you didn’t soak on step 1. Massage the scrub into your feet all over and between your toes. Rub and massage as long as is comfortable and then dip your feet back into your water basin to rinse off then dry your feet thoroughly.
  5. Shape! – Use your nail clippers to clip your nails straight across then use an emery board to file them into a slight smooth even curve with no sharp edges.
  6. Cuticles! – apply a small amount of cuticle cream or cuticle remover liquid to the base of each nail and massage in. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes (or as directed on the product) to soften your cuticles then gently push your cuticles back with a cuticle pusher tool or orange stick. Dip your toes back into your water basin and dry thoroughly with a towel.
  7. Polish! – using toe separators to keep your toes apart apply a thin layer of base coat and allow to dry. Apply polish colour of your choice in two thin coats, allowing each layer to dry thoroughly before applying the next. Finish off with a layer of top coat and let dry thoroughly.
  8. Moisturize! – use your favourite moisturizer and massage into tops and bottoms of your feet.

That’s it! Sandal ready feet… hmmm maybe it’s time for some shoe shopping…

Merlene Paynter

Merlene Paynter is a freelance writer and content consultant. When she's not working as the Managing Editor at Her City Lifestyle she's mixing up cocktails over at Madtini.com , designing websites, writing, and selling yarn at her new online yarn shop KnitCreek.com and drinking too much coffee.

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>