how to have nice feet

You don’t have to go to an expensive salon to have beautiful feet. With a little time and effort — and a few supplies you can find at your local drugstore — you can give yourself a wonderful foot makeover at home.

This article tells you everything you need to know about giving yourself a home pedicure in six steps. Following other foot care tips might even lead people to believe you spent a fortune at a famous spa.

Step-by-step foot care guide

It’s hard to match the intoxicating feeling of being pampered. But who says you can’t satisfy that feeling and get similar results with an at-home pedicure? Before you do this, make sure you have the following products at home before heading to the pharmacy:

what do you need

  • Non-acetone polish
  • Essential Oil
  • Emollient Moisturizer
  • toenail brush
  • Pumice stone, callus file or emery board
  • stainless steel nail clippers
  • cuticle pusher or orange stick
  • Four pounds of food-grade paraffin
  • Double boiler or portable paraffin bath
  • Reliable Candy Thermometer
  • a pair of socks
  • A box of cling film
  • towel

Step 1: Remove Your Toenail Polish

Peeling nail polish allows you to examine your toenails and look for any problems, such as Onychomycosis (nail fungus) or hanging nails. It is best to use a non-acetone polish. Polishes that contain acetone are very irritating to the nails and can cause thinning of the nail plate and the formation of unsightly ridges.

Every now and then, you should give your toenails a break from the polish. Frequently painting your toenails can cause them to discolor, usually red or yellowish. If your nails do change color, leave them bare for a few weeks. They should return to their normal color soon.

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Step 2: Soak Your Feet

A relaxing foot soak for 15 to 20 minutes, whether they are sore or not, will do wonders for your feet. You can add aromatherapy oil to the bucket if you want, but it’s not required. Soaking your feet loosens dry scales and softens the thick, hardened layers of skin on the heels, toes, and balls of your feet.

Do not use water that is too hot. It can cause dry and cracked skin when moisture evaporates quickly and draws it away from the outermost protective layer of the skin. Use a toenail brush to gently scrub the toenails at the end of the soak.

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Step 3: Trim calluses and corns

After soaking, use a pumice stone, emery board, or callus file to gently reduce corns and callus. Some trimming may be necessary before all hardened skin is removed. Be careful not to cut or file the skin too deeply.

Removing calluses can help prevent cracks from forming, but trimming too much can cause the skin to split if you put pressure on the tissue that’s too thin. Not only can this cause pain and bleeding, but it can also increase the risk of infection. Remember, your goal is to remove dead skin cells, not healthy tissue.

Take it easy

If the time between pedicures is long, don’t try to remove calluses and corns all at once. (You probably won’t be able to do this anyway.) Instead, break down tasks over the course of two or three treatments every four to six weeks.

Step 4: Trim the toenails

Trim your toenails with stainless steel clippers. To prevent over trimming, cut the toenail straight away. Then lightly round the corners with an emery board.

You can push the cuticles back, but do everything you can to avoid cutting them.Most dermatologists will tell you that there is no good reason to cut your cuticle (also known as oracle bone). Cutting the cuticle not only increases the risk of splitting and bleeding, but it also makes it easier for bacteria and fungi to enter the nail bed.

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Step 5: Wax Yourself

The paraffin treatment will leave your feet feeling incredibly soft. The warmth of the wax helps increase blood flow and open skin pores. When your pores open, they are able to absorb more water.

You can buy portable paraffin baths online or at certain brick-and-mortar retailers. The unit ensures that the wax temperature does not exceed 125 degrees Fahrenheit. There are also prepackaged paraffin kits that save you the trouble of breaking down large chunks of wax and melting it in a double boiler.

Once the wax bath begins to cool, wrap your feet in a towel to keep the therapeutic heat in for longer.

Use food grade paraffin

Use only food-grade paraffin for foot waxing. Additives such as stearic acid, colorants, and fragrances can increase the wax’s melting point and cause skin irritation.

Step 6: Moisturize and Massage Feet

To complete your foot spa treatment, apply moisturizer to your feet. Soft tissue will better absorb the emollients in the lotion, ensuring softer, hydrated feet.

Gently massage your feet as you apply the lotion, stretching the tendons of the toe joints and arches.if you have plantar fasciitisdisorders of the tissues that support the arch of the foot.

After applying lotion, put on a pair of socks or wrap your feet in plastic wrap for an hour or two. This step, called occlusion therapy, ensures better absorption of the lotion – a big plus if you have dry, peeling feet.

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Other Foot Care Tips

Beautiful feet are healthy feet. To make sure your feet feel as good as they look, make every effort to treat your foot condition appropriately and contact a podiatrist if you have structural problems or pain in your foot. Some common foot problems include:

  • Athlete’s foot: If the skin between your toes or soles is itchy, red, or peeling, you may have Tinea pedis (athlete’s foot). Try over-the-counter antifungal creams, creams, or powders. Or ask your healthcare provider for a prescription antifungal medication, such as Lamisil (terbinafine) or Spectazole (econazole).
  • Nail fungus: If you start to see discoloration or ridges in your nails, this could be a sign of onychomycosis. You may want to try a topical antifungal like Lamisil or a medicated nail polish that doesn’t easily wipe off. Tea tree oil is a natural remedy that many swear by, although the results are often mixed.
  • Sweaty feet: Excessive sweating can be a breeding ground for fungus and odors. Try using an antiperspirant spray on your feet (rather than a deodorant that just covers the smell). If foot odor is a problem, buy insoles with activated charcoal. Excessive sweating (called hyperhidrosis) can sometimes be treated with Botox injections.
  • Inappropriate shoes: Sometimes shoes that make your feet look good can end up causing blisters, corns, and calluses. Shoes that are too tight can aggravate bunions and hammer toes, a deformity.

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generalize

Having nice feet doesn’t have to cost you an arm or a leg. If you’re willing to invest in the right products and take the time to give yourself a six-step pedicure, you can have beautiful feet. Start by removing nail polish, then soak your feet, trim calluses and corns, trim your nails, wax your feet, moisturize and massage your feet.

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In the end, nice feet aren’t just about aesthetics. Treatments like this are not meant to cover up the problem. Therefore, if you have a foot problem that you can no longer ignore, talk to your healthcare provider with a dermatologist (if the problem is skin related) or a podiatrist (if the problem is related to your foot structure or function). Then get ready to put on your dancing shoes.

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