This hideous economic climate is forcing me to taking serious pause before I plunk down any money on what some would call unnecessary luxuries, like a salon pedicure. (Find out how to get the perfect salon pedicure.)
I asked Roxanne Valinoti of Creative Nail Design for an easy-to-follow recipe for getting smooth feet at home. Here's what she said:
Soak. Fill a foot bath or large bowl--yes, that spaghetti cauldron will do--with warm water and Epsom salt to clean and soften feet. Relax for a few minutes.
Prep Cuticles. Pull one foot from the bath, massage a drop of cuticle oil onto each nail, and use a wooden cuticle stick around the nail to remove any dead skin that might be clinging to the nail plate. Switch feet, and submerge the first foot back in the water.
Exfoliate. Massage a foot scrub on the bottoms of your feet and up the leg, concentrating on calluses or dry skin. Rinse, then gently use a pumice stone over the calluses.
Hydrate. Apply moisturizer or a face mask on the feet and ankles, and seal them with plastic wrap and a terry towel for 3-5 minutes.
Shape nails. Trim the corner of each nail at a 45-degree angle (to prevent against ingrown toenails) and smooth the edges with a fine grit file to the desired length and shape.
Cleanse. Use an acetone remover on each nail to clean away oils.
Polish. Use toe separators or weave tissue over and under, then apply base coat, two thin coats of nail polish in your chosen color and one thin coat of top coat. Let dry for two minutes, then shoot all ten nails with quick-dry spray. Sit for at lest ten to fifteen minutes.
When you're finished, marvel at your handiwork, and smile when you remember you don't have to tip yourself or carefully transport yourself home in paper flip-flops.
Get more tips from another nail pro: Essie's tips for the perfect at-home pedicure.
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