It’s time I come clean about something: I’ve never had a salon pedicure. I’ve always found it slightly strange to have another person help maintain my body parts for me and my feet happen to be extremely ticklish. I’m talking I-will-kick-you-in-the-face ticklish, so to offer them to somebody else to primp and poke at has always seemed like a really bad idea.
That said, I do my best to keep them looking proper and with barefoot season coming to an end, it’s about time to undo some of that summer damage. I know I’m not the only one who wanders around outside sans-shoes in the sun!
From beaches to patios, our feet can take a bit of a beating in the summertime. Now is the perfect time to try an at-home pedicure to remove any dead skin and make those footsies ultra smooth. Here are some tips for obtaining the perfect home foot treatment:
1. Remove polish
Start by removing any old nail polish from your toes with nail polish remover and a cotton pad. Acetone free nail polish removers work well, but aren’t always the easiest for darker colours. You’ll want to start with a clean and fresh base!
Starting with dry feet, remove the dead skin from your heels and balls of feet with a file. I was able to test out the Amope™ Pedi Perfect™ Electronic Foot File with Diamond Crystal Coarse, Extra Course, and Soft Touch functions and think it’s a great alternative to booking a spot at a salon! It is a handheld device with interchangeable roller heads that instantly makes your hard skin soft. It’s automatic (so no manual filing needed!) and works in seconds, giving you seriously soft and touchable feet!
Fill up a large bowl or your bathtub with warm water so that it reaches your ankles. Add 1/2 a cup of Epsom salts or your choice of bath salts to soothe the skin and reduce any inflammation. See also: DIY Lavender and Oatmeal Bath Salt Recipe. Relax and soak for about 10 minutes.
With your nails soft from the soaking, trim your toenails with nail clippers so they don’t extend past the tips of your toes. You should use clippers specifically for toenails as others can break or tear the nails. Cut them evenly and avoid cutting the corners too deep or you may risk nasty ingrown nails. Finally, using a nail file, shape and smooth out the clipped nails nicely.
The skin on your feet is thick which might make it tough for some moisturizers to penetrate. I used Amope’s™ Extra Rich Skin Recovery Foot Cream which makes your feet incredibly soft overnight. It absorbs quickly, smells pleasant, and has a nice thick consistency for your heels. Massage the cream into your feet from your toes to your ankles and let it absorb.
You can finish by adding any new polish of your choice and reveling in the softness of your newly manicured feet!
I love that I am able to do this in the comfort of my own home and achieve great results! Do you do your own pedis or leave that to the hands of a salon?
The Amopé™ Pedi Perfect ™ Electronic Foot File can be used to achieve salon quality results at home! It removes areas of hard skin without any sharp blades to leave your feet feeling luxuriously soft. The foot file is furnished with a safety stop that halts the device as soon as too much pressure is applied to the skin. The pink Pedi Perfect gadget comes with a Diamond Crystal extra coarse roller head, with additional Regular Coarse & Soft Touch roller heads available for purchase separately. Get yours now!
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