How to: do your own pedi

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

How to: do your own pedi‘Pedicure’ means care of the feet. It’s one thing to fancify your toes, but what about cracked heels? Here’s how to pamper those puppies, at home.

Step 1: Remove all traces of nail polish

If you or your pedicurist had applied a basecoat the previous time, this step should be a breeze. Use an acetone nail polish remover if your old nail polish is stubborn.

Step 2: Trim and file

Trim your nails using nail clippers, straight across (not too short). File them to smooth the (straight) edges, if you want. Keeping your toenails straight prevents painful ingrown toenails.

Step 3: Soak

Fill a foot spa or moveable basin with warm water and toss in a foot soak. The Body Shop’s Peppermint Reviving Foot Soak, R99, contains naturally effervescent salts and refreshing peppermint oil. Or you could get creative and add a capful of witch hazel, half a cup of Epsom salts or Hydro Active Mineral Salts from Dermalogica, R350, and a few drops of tea tree oil (R65 at The Body Shop). Soak your feet for five to 10 minutes while you catch up on some reading. This cleanses them and softens your dead skin cells, prepping them for steps five and six. Dry thoroughly.

Step 4: Push back your cuticles

Apply cuticle oil to your nails and rub it in by pushing your cuticles back with your thumb. Sally Hansen’s Cuticle Massage Cream with apricot oil, R59.99, is really nice. Dress the tip of an orange stick with cotton wool and use it to dot Cuticle Remover from Mavala, R130, onto your cuticles and push them back gently in small circular motions.

Step 5: Buff baby

For the brave, and only if need be, lightly shave away the dead skin using a corn and callus cutter (Warning: Do not remove or cut any corns or calluses!). Smooth any rough, dry areas on the heels and balls of the feet with a callus file, then wet a pumice stone, add some foot soak and gently scrub the soles of your feet.

Step 6: Scrub

Put on your exfoliating gloves, if you like, add a blob of foot scrub, and massage your feet and legs up to your knees. Try Charlotte Rhys’s Salt Scrub, R83 – it’s their bestseller. Rinse off with warm water and dry thoroughly. This not only gets rid of dead skin cells, giving your legs natural shine, it also boosts circulation.

Step 7: Moisturise/Massage

Squirt some lotion made especially for your feet, into the palm of your hands. We like Crabtree & Evelyn’s Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion, R85. Smooth it over the same area and massage (or beg your man to do the honours).

Now, separate your toes with tootsies (toe separators) and follow steps seven to 10 of “How to: do a mani” to paint your nails like a pro.

Image: Shutterstock.com

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Jessica is still trying to forgive Benefit for leaving the country, but delighted at the arrival of Lush. When she’s not dreaming of California, she’s living it up in Cape Town, the glorious city this girly farm girl from Natal has come to call home. Beauty, fashion and foodie things are her loves.

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  1. Sue1N

    I love Clicks’ Oh so Heavenly Foot Rest Scrubs and Soaks. Prices are great as well!

    5 years ago •

  1. Tundee

    My feet are gonna love this!!! Sounds great

    6 years ago •

  1. Noni

    Love pampering my feet but prefer to get a gel pedi…so that it lasts longer.

    6 years ago •

  1. CindyBotha

    My feet is the most important asset of my body… taking me from point A to point B!
    Happy feet – Happy mind =)
    Nothing worse than sore cracked heels!

    6 years ago •

    1. Mark Parr

      There are many ladies out there that just do not care about those cracked heels. They just don’t look good.

      5 years ago •

  1. margsc

    I do hate doing my own pedi! I can cope with a mini-mani, but something about having to do your own feet is just depressing :)
    I treat myself to a really good pedi every month – my local salon does the best job on the cracked heels that I’ve ever had anywhere.
    She also advised me to use a pumice stone on my feet every day in the shower/bath – just a few seconds on each foot is easy to do and maintain. And she’s right, it has made a difference – and with that advice and gelish paint, I only have to go for pedi’s every 6 weeks or so!

    6 years ago •

  1. ProMakeupMe

    If you are not going to be painting your toenails right away, try applying a thick layer of your foot lotion, or a mask, slip on a plastic bag on each foot, and then your socks. Then take some time out and put your feet up for 30min so they can soak in all the goodness, before taking off your socks and the plastic, and then massage the remaining lotion into your feet and legs ;)

    6 years ago •

  1. govender

    i do nails part time and this is exactly how i would do it …this is good

    6 years ago •

  1. Tarka

    The massage you give yourself is does not feel the same as the one you receive from a pedicurist. So yeah, I get my pedis done @ the salon.

    6 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Very interesting – I tend to forget about the feet and just concentrate on the hands.

    6 years ago •

  1. Larissa B

    really good article, anyone young or old could take me time and do this

    6 years ago •

  1. kunene

    This is so informative and helpful, lucky I don’t have a boyfriend or I’d scrape him with my scaly feet!

    6 years ago •

  1. anisha

    Wow! So much cheaper & fun to do your own or better still, train yor man so that you can have perfect feet all the time;)

    6 years ago •

  1. Nadia Lucas

    wish i had more time to do this, i really need a foot spa machine for mothersday… “Honey!!!”

    6 years ago •

  1. Nancy Katy

    Nice and Relaxing peppermint Body Shop Foot Soak…
    Good to spoil yourself and have a Pedi,Love the tips
    Going to have a Pedi this Weekend : )

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    I love the foot socks from spa logic, i leave them overnight, and wake up to soft feet!

    6 years ago •

  1. Hantie

    The most wonderfull way to relax!!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. JADE

    love the tips – im a nail technician, so thus really does help a sister out – have to get the cuticle cream and foot soak. Thanx a mil

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I’m going to try this at home.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lumkwana

    Wow, i am inspired to start taking care of my nails right now, thanks a lot

    6 years ago •

  1. Megs

    Charlotte Rhys salt scrub is just great!

    6 years ago •

  1. mika24

    nothing like a good pedi to boost your mood :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Makeup Addict

    sounds so refreshing. definitely pampering my feet tonight :-)

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Thanks for the article. Theres a foot mask thats sold at clicks which is really great as part of your pedi.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    I love The Body Shop’s Peppermint Reviving Foot Soak, good and affordable

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    On my list of things to do this weekend.

    6 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    Great tips. Its important to know how to maintain feet looking great.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I really need to give my toes some love and care as they can get so dry!

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Love the products in this article, definitely need to pay more attention to my feet

    6 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    Great article thanks, this is so easy, next time i’ll do my own pedi.

    6 years ago •

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