Have your feet gone through a tough winter? We know ours have. Boston received nearly record snowfall this year, so we’ve been experiencing dry, cold air combined with wet, snowy conditions pretty consistently. This means we practically live in our snow boots, tromping through snow and puddles the whole day through.
As we’ve said previously, winter takes quite a toll on your feet. Working hard to get through the slush and sludge, these conditions don’t exactly keep your feet ready for sandal season.
Last week, we went over a couple ways to DIY foot scrubs and moisturizers, guaranteed to remove some of that dry skin and start your self-pampering spa day off right. What’s the next step in getting your feet in tip-top shape? A homemade pedicure!
Now, you can of course go to a nail salon and get this done, but sometimes it’s just a little more fun to do it yourself. On top of this, you can control the chemicals you use on your feet and can be assured that the tools you’re using have only touched your sanitary toes. Make your feet feel salon-pedicure-fresh with a couple key pointers.
Pedicure Pointer #1: All hail the foot soak. Soaking your feet in warm, mineral- and salt-enriched water mixed with your favorite scents and flavors not only makes you feel wonderful, but works wonders on the tough, dry skin on your feet. Purchase an at-home foot soak and swirl into a tub of warm water, or make your own. The easiest recipe? Mix one part Epsom salt and one part sea salt with two parts of baking soda. Pour a scoop into warm water, stir and enjoy!
Pedicure Pointer #2: Scrub it out. Using your favorite scents and flavors, look for your own do-it-yourself scrub to slough off dead skin and transform your feet. Rub into the roughest part of your feet—like your heels and pads—for the best effects. After you rinse this off, be sure to moisturize to freshen and soften that new, happy skin.
Pedicure Pointer #3: Cut straight across, then file. This keeps your nails strong and intact. If you have tough, messy cuticles, this is the right time to apply a cuticle oil to soften the skin around your nails. Try making this DIY oil from scratch!
Pedicure Pointer #4: Polish it up. On to the last step. Start with a clear base layer to protect your nails from any damage from your nail polish. Let that part dry, then top off with a couple coats of your favorite color and a top coat to make your efforts last well into sandal season.
There you have it! What are your best DIY pedicure tips? Share them in the comments below and we’ll add them to our list!
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