Updated December 24th, 2023 at 15:02 IST

Pamper yourself at home with these pedicure tips and step by step guide

Pedicure is an indulgent self-care ritual that not only promotes healthy feet but also provides a moment of relaxation and peace.

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Self-care is necessary. But sometimes, you just want to sit at home and do nothing. The thought of getting dressed and going to a salon feels taxing in itself. Thankfully, a pampering pedicure doesn't always require a trip to the salon. Treat your feet to a simple and effective home pedicure with these easy-to-follow steps and feel yourself relax completely.

Soak your feet

Start by filling a basin with warm water and adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes to soften the skin and relax your muscles. This step helps prepare your feet for the upcoming treatments.

Trim and shape nails

Once your nails are softened, carefully trim them straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve. Use a nail file to shape the edges. Avoid cutting into the corners to prevent ingrown toenails.

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Exfoliate with a foot scrub

Apply a foot scrub or exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin cells and rough patches. Gently massage the scrub onto your feet, focusing on heels, the ball of the foot, and any calloused areas. Rinse your feet thoroughly.

Tend to cuticles and moisturise

Push back your cuticles using a cuticle pusher or an orange stick. Be gentle to avoid causing damage. If there are hangnails, trim them carefully.

Moisturize thoroughly

Apply a rich foot cream or moisturiser to keep your feet hydrated. Pay attention to the heels and any dry areas. For an extra treat, consider using a hydrating foot mask.

Clean your nails

Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover and wipe your nails to remove any oils or residue. This ensures a smooth application of nail polish.

Apply nail polish

Choose a nail polish color that complements your mood or the season. Apply a base coat, followed by two coats of your chosen polish. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next. Finish with a top coat for added shine and longevity.

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Final touch

Once your nails are dry, give your feet one final massage with a hydrating lotion or oil. This not only makes your feet feel soft, but also provides a soothing finish.

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Published December 24th, 2023 at 15:00 IST