GLOW: with easy tips I use to get the perfect DIY pedicure.
A lot of people I know love to get a pedicure. I used to be one of them.
I have a love-hate relationship with the pedicure station. While I do love the foot bath, massaging chair and hot towels on my lower extremities, my main issue is with the exfoliating step.
My feet are…a little…. ok, a lot… ticklish!
Asking a nail technician to use a pumice stone on my calloused toes is like asking her to wrangle a toddler who won’t hold still. (I know. I have one of those.) I can’t sit through that scrubby step at all and the tech’s efforts end up being fruitless. This is a shame, because I can develop some thick callouses on my feet.
So, I’ve tried DIY pedicures in the past. Aside from the fact that it is really hard for me to exfoliate my tickle-prone hooves (see above), my nail polish painting skills are lacking. The polish job is often uneven, the edges are messy AND inevitably at least one of my toes smudges prior to drying.
But, I recently found some new at-home approaches that solve both of my challenges… and end up being much cheaper than a salon pedicure in the long-run.
I’ve come across two key products that changed my at-home pedicure game COMPLETELY. I’ve been using them both for the last 1 to 2 years and thought I’d share them with you in a video.
No heavy duty or abrasive scrubbing. No concern for smudging paint or dry times.
These beauty products are easy to use and I throw in a couple of spa-like pampering steps to make the whole at-home experience relaxing. (and fun!)
The key products are listed at the end of this post (with a couple of precautions I feel are necessary.)
CAUTION: This video contains footage of my feet with dead and peeling skin shedding off! If you are creeped out by peeling skin or close ups of my tired old feet, skip over the video from minutes 4:06 to 6:21.
Watch the video to see what I do at home for a DIY pedicure:
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PRODUCTS MENTIONED FOR MY PERFECT DIY PEDICURE:
I love these products for my at-home spa experience. This is what works for me. As always, your experience may vary.
- TONY MOLY Super Peeling Liquid on YesStyle or Amazon
- Incoco Nail Polish Applique (in Strawberry Daiquiri)
- TONY MOLY Apple Hand Cream
- SMOKO S’mores Heated Slippers (I think these are sold out in some places, but this company also makes UNICORN or YETI versions that are fun, too!)
NOTE about foot peels in general: People with the following issues may want to exercise caution or not use this type of product before talking to their health care providers:
- Health issues with your feet (infection, swelling, etc.) or your feet’s skin (rashes, cuts, etc.).
- Any other health concerns that affect the legs like poor circulation issues, neuropathy, etc.
- Pregnancy (one ingredient, salicylic acid, is not advised in pregnancy)
- People who intentionally want callous build-up on the feet (i.e. runners / dancers)
It’s important that everyone researches these products on their own prior to use. When in doubt, it’s best practice to ask your healthcare provider first prior to purchase. Also, sunscreen is a must afterwards (and really, everyday!) since my feet are usually more sensitive after exfoliation.
I love my new pedi-process and the soft feet and pretty polish that comes with it!
I’m never going back to the salon again. (well… never say never! Mani-pedi outings can be fun, right?)
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Warning: Please exercise caution and common sense when, based on your own research, you use products and/or make DIY projects and homemade products/recipes. Please attempt any of the projects or use the products discussed at your own risk. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions of any product you use. All opinions on beauty and skincare products are my own and not meant to be endorsements or medical advice. This is what works (or doesn’t work) for me. As always, your experience may vary. If you have concerns about your skin and health, please consult with your personal health care professional. The information shared has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.