Heading to the nail salon for a pedicure is therapeutic for many people. However, if the nail salon’s health standards are not up to code, you put your feet at risk by going there. To keep your feet healthy, our podiatrists at Great Neck Family Foot Care recommend you give at-home pedicures a try. Doing so allows you to receive the same benefits that you would when visiting a nail salon, without facing the risk of subpar health standards.
Get The Right Gear
The first step of performing an at-home pedicure is making sure you have all the right tools for the job. By gathering the following, you’ll be able to receive the same results as you would when visiting a salon:
- Nail clippers.
- Skin and nail files.
- Nail polish and nail polish remover.
- Q-tips and cotton balls.
- Exfoliating scrubs.
Soak Your Feet
To soften your skin and toenails so you can begin your pedicure, we recommend soaking your feet in warm water for at least 15 minutes. To help remove fungus or ease any aches and pain, you could add distilled vinegar or Epsom salts as well.
Shape Your Nails
Once your soak is complete, you can begin to shape your nails. To prevent ingrown toenails and other issues, make sure you always cut your toenails straight across. Be sure not to cut your nails too short, and file down any pointed edges.
Rub-Off Dead Skin
Dead, cracked skin can be unsightly to look at for most of us and can be frustrating to manage. After you’ve shaped your nails, the next step is to rub a skin file or pumice stone over your feet to remove this dead skin and smoothen your feet.
Everyone looks for something different when it comes to at-home pedicures. Once the basics have taken place, you may also find benefits by doing the following:
- Apply cuticle oil around your nails.
- Massage moisturizer into your skin.
- Paint your toenails.
Great Neck Family Foot Care
Keeping your feet looking and feeling great should always be a top priority. If you’d like to do this while simultaneously avoiding the risk certain nail salons can bring, why not give at-home pedicures a try? For more information on the best ways to go about at-home pedicures, be sure to contact our team today.