Depending on where you are in the country, you may be ready to make the transition from closed footwear to open-style shoes and sandals. With warm weather and opportunities to enjoy sunnier days, routine foot care starts to sounds like a great idea – and your feet deserve all the care they can get. You’ll need them to be in the best possible shape for a lifetime of healthy, regular use. You may have fabulous shoes, so let’s take a look at how you can rock fabulous feet with a DIY pedicure.
DIY Pedicure Basics
You don’t have to go to a nail salon to get a great pedicure. You can easily pamper your feet in the comfort of your home. If you’re watching your budget, not only will this save you some of those hard-earned dollars, it will also provide you with the freedom to increase the frequency and quality of your foot care. Talk about a win-win scenario!
Below are five tips for at-home / DIY pedicures you can use to make the process faster and easier, giving you a professional result without breaking the bank.
- A good DIY pedicure starts in the shower
A lot of people overlook the time spent in the shower. You can use part of it to take care of your feet. Shower time is the right time to start with foot skin care. During your shower, wash your feet as you normally would, then use an exfoliating scrub or pumice stone to remove dead skin cells. Once you are out of the shower, rub a foot cream onto your feet. There are tons of great options out there, so feel free to continue using your favorite or try something new.
- Use nail clippers and other tools cautiously
Nail clippers have the capacity to hurt your feet if you are not careful. When you are trimming your toenails, remember to cut straight across, instead of rounding corners. And don’t trim too short! These guidelines will help you avoid issues like ingrown toenail and the potential for fungal infections. You can use a nail file (if your nails are not long enough) instead of a nail clipper to trim your nails. All you need to do is to follow the shape of the toe and trim it accordingly.As a final note, use clean, sterile tools. You may wish to invest in a sterilizing solution, especially if you share tools with others in your household.
- Avoid over-polishing your nails
You want that beautiful, rich color as it appears in the bottle in a single application, right? If you continuously dab a lot of polish unto each nail to achieve perfect color in one pass, you’re making a common mistake. When you pour more polish than required, your perfect nail finish becomes more prone to chipping. Instead of that, use about three strokes and two layers for each nail. As you apply the polish, wait for two minutes in between so that the coat will dry sufficiently before applying another layer on it. This will make your polish dry out faster and it will not chip or wear out as easily.
- Keep your feet in good shape
The feet need constant care to be in good shape. Once a week, rub cuticle oil on your feet. Moisturize skin by applying foot cream and wearing socks to allow the lotion/cream to do its job. Do this overnight and by the time you wake up in the morning, you will have softer and smoother feet.
- Keep your toenails moisturized
Unless, you are suffering from a onychomycosis (toenail fungus), keeping your toenails moisturized can a good thing. You can use lotion, cream or petroleum jelly. Don’t put the moisturizer between your toes. The skin needs to be dry to prevent infections like athlete’s foot.
Take it from Houston’s top foot care specialists, you CAN take great care of your feet to keep them healthy and beautiful. At-home pedicures are a great opportunity to look good, feel good and save a few bucks.
If you’re experiencing any type of discomfort or pain, such as from ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, bunions or heel pain, call on Houston podiatrist Gabriel Maislos, DPM, FACFAS. We offer the latest advancements in foot and ankle treatment, backed by courteous, old-fashioned patient care. Call (713) 541-3199 for an appointment. Houston Foot and Ankle Care is located at 7777 Southwest Fwy, Suite 506, Houston, TX 77074. We accept most major forms of medical insurance!