It’s sandal season and that means polished toes are a must. If you are looking for ways to save money this summer, try a DIY pedicure! Going to the salon is always a treat but paying for pedicures every week is not. Don’t worry, Scoopers! You can still get the same salon treatment all at home, even the relaxation!
Before you begin, you will need a few basics. Grab some polish remover, nail files and clippers, a pumice stone, cuticle oil and a cuticle clipper. For ultimate relaxation, you will need Epsom salts, a foot scrub or exfoliant and some lotion. And of course, top coat and a fun summer color! Don’t be overwhelmed by all of the products. Everything can be found in a drug store and costs less than getting a pedicure at the salon.
Your first step is to remove any traces of old polish. Change your color frequently. Nothing is worse than faded nail polish or the same color all summer. Keep people on their toes about your toes!
Never cheat yourself of a foot soak just because you are not at the salon. It’s one of the most relaxing parts of the pedicure and helps soften skin. Add Epsom salts or bath salts to a basin of warm water and relax. Adding an extra hint of scented oil will make your room smell and feel like a professional salon. You can soak your feet for however long you desire, but be sure to soak them for at least five or ten minutes.
Exfoliate away! After soaking, dry your feet and begin to scrub with a pumice stone. Remove dead skin and focus on your heels, the balls of your feet and your big toes- calluses form most often in these spots. Next, massage your calves and feet with an exfoliating foot scrub. Try mixing olive oil and raw sugar if you want to be creative!
Time to tackle your toenails. Clip and file the nails to your desired length. Be sure not to forget the cuticles. Using a cuticle clipper, remove any excess skin around your nail beds. Cuticle oil will help moisturize skin around the nail beds, and will help remove dead skin easier.
Paint away! Apply a base coat followed by two coats of nail polish. Let your nails dry for about two minutes before applying one layer of top coat. Now sit, relax and dry.
Now that you have perfectly-polished toes, go show them off in a cute pair of shoes!