Spa pedicures are a real treat, but treating your feet on weekly or even bi-weekly basis can really add up. If you’ve never thought about creating your own home pedicure kit and giving yourself a pedicure at home, now is the time.
What is a Home Pedicure Kit and Why Should You Have One?
A home pedicure kit is more than just a few nail files and a bottle of your favorite polish. It’s everything you need to re-create that spa-pedicure experience in the privacy of your own home. We’ll list all the items you need to make one below and even walk you through how to give yourself a spa-quality pedicure at home.
There are many reasons you might want to have a home pedicure kit. First of all, let’s talk about the obvious, money. Yes, creating your kit will be an investment but, you’ll save a ton in the long run doing your own.
It’s healthier for you. The equipment used at the spa has been used on hundreds, even thousands of other people. We’ve all heard the horror stories of people that have picked up fungal infections and worse from the spas and nail salons. Even at the cleanest of places, mistakes can happen.
Pamper yourself as often and anytime you want. With your own home pedicure kit, there’s no making an appointment or having to go to that place you don’t really like because your regular place is booked. Your home spa is always open and always there for your any time of day.
How to Create Your Own Home Pedicure Kit
Giving yourself a spa-quality pedicure at home begins with having the right tools. To create your home pedicure kit, you’ll want to use the same types of tools that the pro’s use, so that you can pamper your feet just like at the spa. That’s the key to giving yourself a professional pedicure at home.
Don’t worry if you’re not sure how to use some of these tools, we’ll explain how in each step. With a little practice, you’ll be giving yourself spa-pedicures at home anytime you desire and saving a ton of cash. In the meantime, here’s what you will need:
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton balls
- Heated foot spa machine
- Epsom salt foot soak
- Cuticle oil
- Exfoliating foot scrub
- Callus remover file
- Hand towel
- Foot lotion
- Toe nail clipper
- Cuticle stick
- Nail file
- Toe separators
- Nail polish of your choice
- Top coat
- Medium sized bath caddy (for storing the above tools nice and neatly)
Once you’ve gathered all of the above items in your home pedicure kit, let’s talk about actually giving yourself that spa-quality pedicure.
How to Give Yourself a Spa Pedicure at Home
Remove Old Nail Polish
First things first, if you have any old nail polish on your toe nails, now is the time to remove it. Soak a cotton ball with nail polish remover and rub over each toe nail. Pay special attention to the corners and edges of your nails, which are often overlooked. This will ensure that you get a nice, smooth coat of nail color over your toe nails in the final step of your pedicure.
Soak Your Feet
If you haven’t already, fill your heated foot spa machine with warm water and some epsom salt foot soak. Turn on the machine (let the water heat up if you have a machine that heats instead of just maintains temperature), place your feet inside and enjoy 5 – 10 minutes of soothing bubbling bliss.
This step is important because the warm water and Epsom salts will help soften your cuticles as well as any rough parts of your feet. This makes it easier to scrub off the dead skin cells from areas like your heels and the sides of your feet. Plus, it’s just relaxing!
Clean up your cuticles
Now it’s time to treat your cuticles, an important step to ensuring you get great nail polish coverage later on. Lift one foot out of the foot bath and place a drop of cuticle oil on each toe nail. Gently massage the oil into the nails, paying attention the edges of your nails where the cuticles are.
Next, take your wooden cuticle stick and gently push the cuticles back towards the edges of your nail. Repeat for each nail and when you’re done, place your foot back into the bath and repeat with the opposite foot.
Soften and Exfoliate
The key to glowing skin and baby soft feet is exfoliation. Lift your foot out of the foot bath and lightly moisten it up to your knee. Place about a quarter sized amount of exfoliating scrub into the palm of your hand and gently massage onto your feet and legs. As you finish exfoliating each foot and leg, make sure to rinse off the foot scrub.
Pay special attention to the heels and sides of your feet where calluses tend to build up. You may also want to make sure you give your knees a good scrub too since they tend to have a lot of dead skin build up. Plan to spend about 5 minutes per foot on this step.
Smooth it Out
Now that you’ve removed the top layer of dead skin from your feet, it’s time to smooth them out. Lift one foor out of the water and use your foot file and gently glide it over the heels and sides of your feet.
Rinse your foot off and pat dry with a hand towel and repeat with the opposite foot. You no longer need the foot bath after this step and can set it aside after drying your feet.
It’s important that you do this step gently, you want to smooth out the skin, not remove it as that could be painful and open your feet to infection.
Next, place about a dime size amount of peppermint foot and leg lotion into the palm of your hand and massage into your legs and feet. I recommend The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion because it smells great and leaves my feet and legs nice and tingly.
Trim, File and Buff Toenails
Before applying polish to your toenails, you’ll want to prep them. Start by trimming any long nails level with the top of your toes. Next, file any rough edges and give them a nice flat shape with your nail file. Finally, lightly buff the tops of your toe nails with the medium side of a nail buffer block to make sure any rough surfaces are smoothed out and your nail polish glides over your nails nice and smooth.
Apply Polish and Topcoat
Now it’s time for the final step, applying your polish and topcoat. But, before you begin,weave a toe separator between your toes to make sure that your nail polish doesn’t smudge while drying.
Applying a base coat to your toenails because it really isn’t necessary. That means you can apply the color of your choice directly to your toenails.
Apply one coat to each nail, working from the big toe to the pinkie toe. Allow to dry for about 5 minutes and apply a second coat to each the same way. Allow to dry for about 5 minutes again and apply a top coat to each nail.
Finish your toenails off with a drop of quick dry to each nail to seal your polish off and prevent any smudges as you go about the rest of your day.
We recommend letting your toe nails cure for about an hour before putting on socks or closed toe shoes to prevent smudges that go below the surface of the polish.
And, that’s it! Now you’ve created a home pedicure kit and know how to give yourself a professional pedicure in the privacy of your home. You’re one step closer to creating a pampering spa atmosphere at home and enjoying the spa treatments you love any time you want, no appointment needed.