Pounding the pavement is definitely not pretty. Your feet take all the grime, get tired and feel the tension from constantly hitting the ground over and over. After a long day, they’ll appear hardened, perhaps with a foot callus or two, and definitely show cracks and a rough texture (especially in sandals). Give them a rest with our tips for a relaxing, at-home pedi that will smooth away jagged edges and make your tootsies soft, supple and ready to hit the road again.
Soak it up:
Your first step is to let your feet soak in a bowl or tub filled with warm water. Add a few drops of moisturizing bath oil in the water to keep them soft. The longer you soak, the easier it will be to smooth away rough spots. Clip nails straight across, since going rounder on the edges can make them grow into the surrounding skin.
Buff it up:
After about a 5-10 minute soak, use a pumice stone to rub away a foot callus and any flaky, rough spots, such as heels. The abrasive, lightweight stone exfoliates away dry skin. After, apply a foot scrub (they are coarser than body versions and can soften the rough spots on your soles) to remove any leftover flakes and residue.
Using an orange stick or damp washcloth, gently push back the cuticles on each toenail. Rub in a cuticle oil or moisturizer to keep them supple.
At night before bed, apply a cream loaded with alpha-hydroxy acids that gently exfoliate and hydrate. To lock in more moisture, apply a thick coating over each, and cover them with socks. Your feet will feel super soft by morning
So now that you know how to treat your toes right don't settle and allow a foot callus to keep them from looking as beautiful as they can be.
Have any favorite ways to give yourself a pedi at home? Share it with the rest of us in the comment section!