How To Do An At Home In 8 Easy Steps

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We all like to have perfectly polished fingers & toes in the summer—but even in the dead of winter, there"s something so luxurious about a manicure or pedicure. Even outside of the satisfaction of having pretty, shiny nails, there are so many advantages lớn a great pedicure—like removing dead skin, shaping your nails, and, oh, the sheer relaxation & self-care-ness of it all.

But if you can"t make it to lớn your local salon—or just want to lớn save a few bucks by treating yourself to a DIY pedicure at home—don"t worry: you can get a professional-looking pedicure without stepping one toe outside. Khổng lồ find out exactly how, we tapped Sherwin Hora (opens in new tab), celebrity manicurist & owner of EGO Nails and spa làm đẹp in Pompano Beach, Florida, for her best pedicure tips.

Step 1: Prep Your Feet

Start by filling a basin or bathtub with warm water và removing any leftover nail polish. "Add Epsom salt or your favorite essential oil và soak your feet in water for about five khổng lồ 10 minutes," recommends Hora. "Next, use a toenail clipper khổng lồ cut toenails to lớn the desired length và a nail file to perfect your cut."

Hora recommends leaving cuticle care to lớn the professionals, but adds: "If you decide to địa chỉ cửa hàng it khổng lồ your DIY pedicure, you can use a cuticle softener/remover & very gently with a cuticle pusher, push back cuticle to wipe away excess that may be on the nail."

Step 2: Scrub và Hydrate Your Feet

Then, it"s time to lớn exfoliate. "Use a sugar scrub khổng lồ lightly exfoliate and polish the skin on the foot," recommends Hora, who says "you can use a foot file or pumice on the foot’s sole lớn help achieve smooth skin." Then, to lớn clear away any dead skin, "rinse off your feet and dry them with a towel."

Once your feet are scrubbed & dry, it"s time khổng lồ moisturize. "Use your favorite foot cream or lotion khổng lồ moisturize immediately after you have dried them," says Hora. Bonus points if you give yourself a little foot massage!

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Step 3: Pick Your Polish

Finally, it"s time for polish! But first: "Using a lint-free wipe, wipe the oils from your moisturizer off of your toenails," advises Hora.

And don"t forget to lớn apply base coat, just like they do at the nail salon. Choosing a nice base coat is essential for preventing staining & making sure your màu sắc remains un-chipped with all the wear and tear our feet go through.

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"Follow up with your favorite color, two coats for best coverage," says Hora, who recommends polishes from Essie. "After your color comes to a topcoat which will showroom shine & keep your manicure sealed for longer wear."

And if you prefer a polish-free look? "You can lightly buff the nails, apply your favorite cuticle oil và your pedi is complete!" says Hora.

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Step 4: Maintain Your Foot Health

The trick to making sure your feet are in the best shape? Constant care. Fortunately, there are a few low-maintenance ways to keep them healthy và ready for your next at-home pedicure adventure.

Go nail polish-free sometimes. Even after all your hard work, it"s critical to lớn remove nail polish lớn allow your toes khổng lồ breathe every now & then. When you have a week of low toe-exposure, take off your nail polish (even clear polish!) & let your natural nails have their moment. Remember that when nails aren"t properly oxygenated, they can stain yellowish và look less appealing—which is why it"s important to remove all polish every now và then.

Spoil your feet with scrubs và treatments. Give your feet some extra love with scrubs, foot creams, foot peels, and a post-cleanse moisturizer—check out my picks below. If hand cream is all you"ve got, here"s a hack: Slather on a hand cream, slip on some socks, và let your feet soak in hydration.