DIY: The Perfect Pedicure … at HOME!

It’s hardly the end of January and the sandals are already hitting the store shelves!  That means it’s time to start getting your feet pedi-ready!   Follow Spa.ology’s tips to give yourself an at-home pedicure and look like you just stepped out of the salon!

  • Gather your supplies – To achieve a salon worthy pedicure, you need the right implements.  Quality clippers, pushers and products are worth the investment.  Here are the essentials to creating your Perfect Pedi Kit:
  • Remove the old polishSpa.ology Tip: acetone polish remover is not harmful for your nails and cuts through the polish quicker!  Be sure to use those lint-free cotton pads from your pedi supply kit!
  • Soak and relax – Fill your footbath with warm water and Epsom salts (or your favorite pedicure soak).  Pick up your glass of wine and celebrity gossip magazine and relax for 10-15 minutes.
  • Control the cuticle – Remove one foot from the water, dry and place cuticle oil or cream at the base of each nail. Massage product into your cuticles, push back with your cuticle pusher to remove from the nail plate.  When you are finished with one foot, put it back to soak.  Repeat with other foot.  Easy so far, right?
  • Exfoliate – At the nail salon around the corner, this is when the scary razor blade makes its appearance.  At home we’ll take it a bit easier and work with a foot scrub and a good pumice or foot file instead.   Spa.ology TIP:  If you want to step it up a notch, put a damp towel in the microwave and wrap it around your foot/leg after exfoliating and use it to wipe the excess product off. Make sure to rinse well.  Smooth any rough patches with your foot file.
  • Moisturize – Choose a rich pedicure cream to hydrate your newly exfoliated feet.  Massage your feet, and feel free to spend more time on your heels and cuticles!
  • Prepare for polish – Trim your toenails with the straight-edge toenail clipper.  File to smooth edges.  Spa.ology TIP:  File from the edge inward, don’t “saw” back and forth – that will just weaken the nail.  Remove any residues from oils and creams with polish remover.  Now is the time for the toe separators.
  • Polish Perfection – You’ve heard it a million times and we are going to say it again!  Use a basecoat, two coats of color and then finish with a shiny topcoat!  Yes, extra steps, but it’ll be worth it!  Wait a couple of minutes in between coats, and at least 15 minutes after your topcoat.  Spa.ology TIP:  Use Quick Dry Drops if you just can’t stand sitting still!

Now that you have all of these steps for your at-home pedicure, you may be wondering where do I get all of these goodies listed above.  Click HERE to find all of those important implements needed to maintain sandal ready feet all year long!

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