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You really do not have to go to an expensive salon to have your feet taken care of. Just by yourself, you can pamper yourself by doing your own pedicure at home.

In the steps below, we will discuss everything you need to know about giving yourself a home pedicure. These foot care tips will definitely save you from spending too much at any prestigious spa.

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The following are the necessary products you need for your home pedicure:
  • Aromatherapy oil
  • Emollient moisturizer
  • Toenail scrub brush
  • A callus file, a pumice stone, or an emery board
  • Stainless steel nail clipper
  • A cuticle pusher
  • A pair of socks
  • Towels

Soak Your Feet: Grab a chair, relax, and have your foot soak for 15 to 20 minutes. This exercise will do wonders for your feet. Add aromatherapy oils to the tub of water; they help a lot. When you soak your feet, the dry scales on them will loosen, and the thick and hardened layers of the skin on your heels, toes, and balls of your feet will soften.

Make sure that the water is not too hot. Hot water can cause the skin to become too dry and as the water evaporates, you will lose moisture from the outermost layer of your skin. Use a toenail scrub brush on your toenails at the end of the soak.

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Trim Your Calluses: Minutes after the soak, use a pumice stone, emery board, or callus file to gently reduce the calluses. A few gentle trimmings will help you remove all of the hardened skin. Do not cut or file your skin too deeply. If you trim too much, the skin will split if pressure is applied. The result is pain and bleeding, and an increased risk of infection.

Trim Your Toenails: Use a stainless steel nail clipper to trim your toenails. Also, do not over-trim. Simply cut the toenails straight across then gently round the corners with an emery board. Push the cuticles back, but avoid cutting them. Cutting your cuticles only increases the risk of splitting and bleeding and also provides a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus in the nail bed.

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Moisturize and Massage Your Feet: To finish your home foot spa treatment, use a moisturizer on your feet. The result is softer, well-hydrated feet. Gently massage your feet as you apply the lotion.

Put on a pair of socks: After applying the lotion to your feet, put on a pair of socks. This step ensures better absorption of the lotion.

Having and keeping pretty feet does not have to cost you so much. It is possible when you invest in the right products and take the time to relax and give yourself a good home pedicure. Start with setting up the things you need, then soaking your feet in warm water, trimming calluses, cutting your nails, and moisturizing and massaging your feet.

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This article was first published on 23rd May 2022


Ohia, Ernest Chigaemezu is a writer, editor, and grade teacher based in Jos, Nigeria.

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