If you haven’t done it already it’s time to perfect that pedicure!
I know some people find hesitation when it comes to the f-word (feet), but it’s gotta be done.
For most of you it’s Summer, a time to wear flip-flops, sandals and frolic barefoot, so those tootsies better be on top form!
There’s two types I’m going to cover – The Express and Intense Treatment. This post will feature the Intense Treatment which mainly deals with the foot side of the Pedicure. Do this if you haven’t had a pedicure in a while (3 weeks or more). I find it’s best to start this in the evening on a night in.
Things you’ll need
- A Foot File
- A Pumice Stone (or file that you can use in water)
- A Foot Scrub (or face scrub)
- A Bowl of Warm Water for your feet (or you can use the bath, might be uncomfy though)
- Foot Cream (really needs to be a foot cream. I’ll why explain later)
- Cling Film
- Cuticle Pusher (orange stick)
The Intense Treatment Pedicure
1. File. Taking a foot file, file away at the heels and sides of your feet, spending extra time wherever you have particularly rough/hard patches. This will get rid of the worst parts first. Remove any nail varnish
2. Soak. Soak your feet in warm water, you can add a softening shower gel or bubble bath. Soak for at least 10 mins
3. Scrub. Using a pumice stone, scrub away at your feet, this step will get any parts missed at Step One.
4. Exfoliate. Rub a foot scrub into your feet and cuticles and rinse off thoroughly. When dry, push back your cuticles
5. Moisturise. I only recommend using foot-specific creams. They smell kind of funny because of the active ingredient, but they are so much more intensive than any body cream there is. If you don’t have a foot cream then use the best moisturiser you own and really slather it on
6. Wrap. Wrap your feet in cling-film. It may seem odd but this will lock in all the moisture – trust me on this one. It’s best if you leave this on over night. To keep the cling-film on during sleep, wear thin socks.
7. Paint. Paint your toes (base coat, 2x coats of colour and top coat)
Et voila. Beautiful feet. Yes, I said the word ‘feet’ lol.
I honestly think that you should do your own pedicures for a couple of reasons:
- I don’t think they get all the hard skin off at the salon, it may just be me, but when I get home I always do a little extra filing
- It’s nice to be pampered, but the key to lovely feet is maintaining them. So unless you’re lucky enough to go the salon once a week then you’re going to have to do a little maintenance in between