Sunday, July 20, 2014

How To Give Yourself A Pedicure

How To Give Yourself A Spa Pedicure At Home

One of my treats to myself is pedicures at Escape Salon and Day Spa in Manassas, which is super close to my house.  I love it there and refer to it as my "happy place".  A nice glass of Moscato and forty minutes of peace and quiet away from the world, alone with my thoughts or a good magazine.  Worth every penny of the $40 I pay.  But I definitely can't afford to be there every week, and during the summer my toes can take a beating between walking around barefoot all the time and pools and waterparks.  When I can't get to the spa to have someone else take care of my tootsies, I've got to do it myself.  After each of the "tools" needed, I'll list my suggestions based either on reviews or personal experience.  It may end up running you more than $40 at the outset, but over time the cost per use is a fraction of what you'd spend at the spa each time.  Plus, you can go with more economical options or skip steps like adding salts or oils to the water while your feet soak.

Tools Needed:

  • Soaking Tub- Conair Waterfall Foot Spa with Lights, Bubbles, and Heat 
  • Epsom Salts- You can get prescented ones like the Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak 10 oz or add a few drops of lavendar oil to the water to scent.
  • Toe Separators-  Most pedicure kits, like the 5 Piece Pedicure Nail Clipper Kit Travel Grooming Kit Best Gift Feet Foot Care will include these already.  If you don't want to buy online, check out your local Sally Beauty Supply or drugstore of choice to pick up everything else you'll need.
  • Cuticle Gel- Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, 1 Fluid Ounce.  This is by far the best I've ever used.
  • Orangewood Stick
  • Nail File
  • Nail Buffer
  • Toenail Clippers
  • Lotion
  • Base Coat
  • Nail Polish Color-  I'm a huge fan of Essie Nail Polish.  You can find it at pretty much any drugstore or Target.
  • Fast Dry-  Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat. Pretty much the gold standard as far as fast dry top coats go.
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 c olive oil
  • cotton balls
  • nail polish remover
  • q-tips
  • 2 handtowels-  Prepare these ahead of time by soaking in hot water, then wringing them so that they are damp but not dripping.  You can heat these in the microwave for a minute, but that can make them heat unevenly.  Instead, I prefer to put them in a crock pot on high for 15 minutes before I use them, so they stay hot while my feet soak. 

Step 1:  Fill your tub with hot water.  Whether you're sitting on the side of the bath tub and using that to soak your feet or using a separate foot soaking tub like the Conair one, make sure your water is warm but not too hot.  Add your epsom salts and oil to fragrance if you like.
Step 2:  Allow your feet to soak for about 15 minutes to soften up dead skin.
Step 3:  Mix your sugar and olive oil together and scrub your feet, ankles, and your calves really well to loosen up that softened dead skin.
Step 4:  Run a thin line of the cuticle removing gel around the cuticles of each toe and let sit for 30 seconds.  Use the orangewood stick to push back the cuticle, then use a washcloth or tissue to remove the rest of the gel.  The gel helps to dissolve excess cuticle rather than cutting it off, which can easily get infected.
Step 5:  Use a metal nail file to clean out under your nails, then use the clippers to trim them down.  The nail file can be used to shape the corners.
Step 6:  Use your nail buffer to smooth out the top of the toe nail and slip on your toe separators.
Step 7:  Apply lotion to your feet from the base of the toes up over the ankles and the bottom of the calves.  Wrap one of the hot hand towels around them to lock in the lotion and open up the pores.  Make sure you shake out the towel for a few seconds first to disperse excess steam so you don't burn yourself.  Test the heat with the inside of your wrist before you wrap them if you're unsure how hot they are.
Step 8:  After wiping the bed of the nail clean of any oils and dead skin with some nail polish remover on a cotton ball, apply the base coat and let dry for 2 minutes.
Step 9:  Apply one thin coat of nail polish to each toenail, then go back and paint a thin layer of the Seche Vite over the top and let dry 3 minutes.
Step 10:  Repeat Step 9 until the desired opacity of your nail color is reached.  Make sure you let the color dry for at least 3 minutes between each coat.  Even though the Seche Vite works amazingly well to dry a single coat quickly, layering your polish means you have longer to wait.  It will give you a much smoother, professional finish though rather than trying to do one thick coat of color.
Step 11:  Remove the towels and rub the rest of the lotion into your skin while you wait for your toenails to finish drying.
Step 12:  If you got any color on the edges of your toes, you can dip a q tip in nail polish remover and run it around the edges to clean them up.

And voila!  Beautiful toes at home in about 45 minutes!

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