Softening Your Feet
To begin giving yourself a pedicure at home, your first step will be finding a tub you can use to soak and soften your feet. While you can find foot spas designed to use bubbles to massage your feet, a standard tub with warm water can also do the trick more cheaply. After you fill the tub, you can add one of the available foot soaks, which are designed to soothe as they soften. In addition to getting feet clean, these products get your skin ready for the process of exfoliation.
Target Dead Skin
One of the most important steps when giving yourself a pedicure is to get rid of the dead skin cells that can build up as calluses over time. Use a tool
like a foot file, pumice stone, or callus shaver to target the areas that have the most dead skin built up. If you have trouble getting rid of the entire calluses all at once, you can soak your feet for a while longer in between filing so as to continue softening the layers of skin and making it easier to remove. One area that you should especially target is your rough heels. While they may not have actual calluses, chances are that they still have plenty of dead skin to remove.
Exfoliate and Treat Your Feet
Once you have gotten rid of as much skin as you can using your file, you should apply an exfoliating foot scrub. The microscopic beads in these products are designed to target the dead skin that can't be reached with a file or pumice stone, and they can help your feet and legs feel invigorated as well as clean. Once you have finished using your scrub, you can wash it away with warm water. After you have gotten rid of dead skin, you can cut and shape your nails so that they look great and then file away any rough edges.
The last step to making sure your feet continue to feel good is applying a specially-formulated foot lotion or cream that will keep skin soft. Many of these products contain moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, which will help keep the skin soft and supple. Once your feet are well cared for, you may want to try one of the many other manicure and pedicure
products available from drugstore.com, such as nail polish
, to give your feet a pop of color.
Your feet take more of a beating throughout the day than almost any other part of your body, so you owe it to yourself to take good care of them. drugstore.com has everything you need to give yourself a high-quality pedicure at home, keeping your feet soft and healthy. back to top »
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