How to do a pedicure? Use these short steps:
- Wash / clean the feet.
- File or exfoliate the skin.
- Cut the nails.
- File the nails.
- Wash or clean away any debris of skin and nails.
- Paint toenails after the feet are completely dry.
Feet aren’t that scary, I promise
For some of us the thought of touching someone else’s feet might be a daunting idea. For others, it’s a challenge seeing crooked toes and yellowed nails. And how about the fear of smelly feet? Ok, let’s break this down so that it might be less daunting and maybe I can teach you to see feet in a different light and learn how to do a pedicure.
The feet are crucial parts of the body for most of us, since those are pivotal in daily life. I mean, it’s our feet and they take us places where a car won’t, right? So, why are we so resistant in taking good care of them?
Hopefully, you do take care of them, even if it’s just a quick moisturizing every evening and/ or make sure the nails are trimmed down. Maybe you even have someone give them a quick rub occasionally and maybe you like painting the toenails in cute colors.
Age messes with us so start early
If you have trouble to get down to your feet (with age it gets a bit more difficult, am I right?) at least try to have them moisturized. As a spa therapist, one of the most common things I see in people of older age, when it comes to their feet is the lack of moisture in their skin.
With age skin tends to become drier, this causes different issues in different parts of the body and we worry about it especially when it comes to the face but what about the feet? I see many with calloused feet and/or huge cracks in their heels and on the sides of them. Sometimes the cracks are deep enough to cause pain to the client.
Of course, the reason behind the dry and cracked skin may not be just from age and rubbing them with foot cream every night may not be the only solution or the ultimate remedy. But if you are younger and have not yet come to an age where you have these issues, I suggest you start applying foot cream every other night sooner rather than later.
Just in case you might have these problems down the line. Better be safe than sorry, don’t you agree?
So how do you start a pedicure regimen at home?
Well, it depends.
You don’t really need anything fancy to get a good result; consistency is key. If you do a short pedicure session a week, you’ll spend less time doing so every time.
If you have a foot bath or something similar, then great, if not, don’t worry – just do it after a nice shower.
Fill the foot bath with warm water (not too hot!) a nice, scented wash gel and stick your feet in there for a nice rest a few minutes. This way any dirt, grime and (heaven forbid smell) will be rinsed away.
When they’ve been in there for those few minutes (I would say 5-7 minutes would suffice) Take them up closer to you so that you can work on them. Start by filing them with a foot file or a pumice stone. Some people actually prefer doing this step BEFORE getting them wet, I’m not going to say anything about that, what ever floats your boat. If you must do this on someone else though, I recommend cleaning the feet before working on them.
Interested in learning pedicure?
Foot file or pumice stone? You decide.
File with you tool with focus on those parts of the feet where you might have harder, calloused skin. Usually that means your heels and your outer toes. Be cautious not to file too much each time, the risk of over filing causes the skin damage at a point where it will protect itself by forming even harder skin.
Just file until the skin feels a bit smoother, remember that with consistency you don’t need to spend much time on each section of the pedicure.
When that is done, take out the nail clipper and cut the nails if needed. I would recommend cutting them straight and then file down the edges with a nail file a bit to avoid ingrown nails.
If you feel like pampering your feet a little extra, add a foot scrub to your routine and rub the whole foot, one at a time with the scrub, exfoliating the skin from calf down to your toes.
Rinse everything off and dry. Take out a foot cream, any thicker cream will do and rub your feet with it until most of it has absorbed into the skin.
The icing on the cake (or icing on the toes?)
Want to paint your toenails with a cute color? Or maybe you just want them to look their best. If you want to add any kind of polish, I recommend taking a tissue and wiping any excess oils from the cream from the nails or the polish won’t stick to the nails properly.
If you don’t want any color a suggest a clear polish which will enhance the look of your feet looking clean, shiny and looked after. No need to mess about with color if you don’t want to. Also, if you feel unsteady, clear polish isn’t visible on the skin so if your applying isn’t perfect, no one will notice!
And that’s it! This is a basic pedicure routine that you can do at home.