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A Guide To Doing At-Home Pedicures

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We have all heard stories about the dangers of visiting a salon for a pedicure. Everyone has heard a horror story about someone who went to get a pedicure and instead contracted an infection due to unhygienic practices and shared instruments in the salon.

An easy way to avoid exposure to nail infections is to do your own pedicures at home. Here are a few tips to help you get started on your at-home pedicures:

  • Soak your feet in warm, soapy water for 10 minutes. This will soften your skin and help clean your nails.
  • After you soak your feet, rub them gently with a pumice stone or emery board to get rid of dead skin cells and calluses.
  • Push back the cuticles with an orange stick or hindu stone. Cuticles overhanging the nail margin should be carefully trimmed. Do not trim any further than the nail margin or draw blood. If you do, it can cause infection.
  • Trim toenails straight across to help prevent ingrown toenails. Nails shouldn’t overhang the edge of the toe. You should be able to see a few millimeters of skin beyond the nails margin. You can refine the edge of the nail with an emery board, but maintain the straight edge.
  • Apply cream or lotion to the skin and nail margins. Massage the lotion or cream into the skin.
  • Apply nail polish remover to the nails to gently remove excess lotion. Nail polish will then adhere better to the nails. When applying nail polish, start with a base coat. Then, follow with one or two coats of the nail color. Finish with a clear top coat.
  • Space your pedicures apart by about eight weeks.

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Category: Preventative Care

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