A trip to the spa for a pedicure is a heavenly experience, but sometimes we just don’t have the spare cash laying around to go. Luckily there’s an easy and affordable way to treat your feet, all from the comforts of your home.
The materials you’ll need are:
  • - aromatherapy oil (optional)
  • - pumice stone
  • - a bowl of comfortably warm water
  • - nail clipper
  • - lotion
  • - non-acetone nail polish remover (if needed)
Start by removing any nail polish that you have on your feet as you’ll be better able to judge the shape your toenails are in without the colour blocking your natural nail. It’s best to do this with a non-acetone containing polish remover as acetone is very harsh on your nails. Pair it with cotton balls and a swab to fully remove the colour.
Fill a bowl that will comfortably fit your feet with warm water. Make sure that the water is not hot as that will dry out your feet and that is the opposite of what this is supposed to achieve. If you’d like, you can add essential oils to the water for a more relaxing experience. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes, then remove and pat dry with a clean towel.
Remove any calluses with a pumice stone. It’s easier to do this after you soak your feet since your skin will be softer.
Trim your toenails next. As with your calluses, your toenails will be easier to trim and remove since the water will have softened the nail. Trim your nail straight across with the clippers, then use a file to round out and shape the rest of the nail. Be careful not to trim too much as it is very painful and you could be setting yourself up for future ingrown nails.
Apply the lotion and massage your feet last. The soaking of your feet will allow the lotion to absorb more into your skin. Put on socks or wrap your feet in saran wrap to speed up the absorption process.