Pedicure at Home: A DIY Guide for Beautiful Feet

Your feet can tell a lot about you. It goes without saying that great looking feet can boost your self-confidence. But it takes so much time and money to get great looking feet, right? Well, not anymore. Follow our DIY pedicure and other tips to leave your feet feeling and looking beautiful from the comfort of your own home. 

Where to Start?

Our feet contain nerves that are connected to every major body organ, including the heart and stomach. This is why the Thai acupressure is so popular when it comes to relieving stress. If you take care of your feet, your feet will help to take care of your body. They have been carrying you around all day; they deserve it.

Taking Care of Your Feet

1. DIY Pedicure

Even thinking about a pedicure relaxes you. The thought of sitting back and letting someone do the work for you sounds like bliss but doing it yourself can bring the same relaxation along with increased satisfaction and less money spent. Before you start, grab the following items (or as many as you have):

  • A pumice stone, nail brush, loofah, file, nail cleaner and cuticle pusher.
  • Moisturizing cream, acetone, herbal shampoo, tub of hot water, towels.
  • Nail cutter.
  • Optional: honey, flower petals, lemon slices.

Step by Step Guide

  • 1
    Clean your nails with the acetone. Cut and file them as needed.
  • 2
    Massage cream into your nails (or honey). Dip your feet into the tub of hot water (mixed with a little shampoo). Throw in some lemon slices and petals if you want the royal treatment.
  • 3
    After 15 minutes, clean your nails and use the pumice stone on any dry areas (especially concentrating on your heels). Dry your feet and use the nail cleaner and cutie pusher on your nails.
  • 4
    Optional: rub the lemon slices into your skin to invigorate. Dry with towel.
  • 5
    Rub your feet with the loofah and massage cream (with a little honey) into your skin. Wipe off excess and allow your feet to air dry.
Pedicure at home

Alternatively, you can follow the steps presented in this video.

2. Tired Feet Booster

A great remedy for tired feet or feet with varicose veins:

  • 1
    Boil two liters of water and add two cups of pine needles, two cups of rose petals, and two teaspoons of peppermint oil.
  • 2
    Massage your feet with castor oil as the water cools to a warm temperature. Soak your feet in the foot bath for 20 minutes.
  • 3
    If you want to add some massage, simply add some marbles or other small spherical object and roll them between the soles of your feet and the bottom of the foot bath.
  • 4
    Dry your feet and give yourself a foot massage with your favorite moisturizing cream. 

For an all-out foot bath, check out our review of the best foot spa massagers.

3. Cracked Heels

There is no quick fix for cracked heels, but a regular maintenance routine will have them looking and feeling great in no time. Follow our simple routine to take care of those cracked heels.

  • 1
    Use a pumice stone and nail brush to clean your feet thoroughly.
  • 2
    Massage a moisturizing cream into your feet (especially the heels). Sesame oil or sandalwood oil also works.
  • 3
    Use a double boiler to melt some candle wax. When it has cooled slightly, apply it to your heel and let it solidify.
  • 4
    Put cotton socks on over the wax. Leave for at least 8 hours. This is best done at night so that you can wear the sock to bed.
  • 5
    Peel the wax off after 8 hours and repeat the next night. Follow this for at least a week to see results.

4. Chipped Nails

Chipped nails can look bad, they can be painful, and they catch on your favorite socks. Thankfully help is at hand.

Mix a teaspoon of gelatin with half a glass of water. Drink this mixture daily for two weeks. It sounds kind of crazy, but it really does work. Make sure to keep your nails trimmed, so the base has time to strengthen and rejuvenate.

Make it a Spa Pedicure

Why not add a foot massage to your pedicure routine at home? Of course, you can give yourself a foot massage or you may want to invest in a foot massager or one that is also a calf massager.

As you can see, pampering your feet is easy and cost-effective. Now that you have the methods, you can have great looking feet in no time. So, what are you waiting for?

Jeanette Lynn
 

Jeanette has been a professional massage therapist since 1998. She devotes her life to helping those who suffer from musculoskeletal pain. She's also a Pilates instructor and has a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN).

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