As the weather warms, women don peep-toes, slingbacks and sandals exposing their feet to the world. Sadly, most of these feet are not…shall we say, ready for prime time. Calloused heels, torn cuticles and unpainted nails abound, which brings us to today’s lesson:
Ladies, if you’re going to show off your feet, you need to take care of your feet. And contrary to what the nice ladies at your local nail salon tell you, you do not need to spend $30+ per pedicure. You can do a quick and dirty pedicure at home.
To do a home pedicure, you only need five things: nail clippers, a PegEgg, an orange stick, lotion and the polish of your choice.
Before I step into the shower, I clip my nails and scrub my feet with a PegEgg. (This might be the only As Seen on TV product that actually works.) I try to scrub every three or four days. Consistency is the key to having pretty feet.
Step into the shower, wash your feet and once your cuticles have softened up, scrape away the overgrown cuticle. When you step out of the shower, vigorously rub the area around your toenail with your bath towel. It will remove the rest of the dead skin and clean up the nail bed.
Once your feet have dried, slather your feet in lotion. Put on a pair of clean white socks. If you do this at night, leave the socks on while you sleep. If you do it in the morning, just leave them on for 15-20 minutes.
Lastly, apply your favorite polish.
Crunchy, calloused, dry feet are not pretty or feminine. They’re also not professional. If you’re going to wear peep toes or slingbacks to work, you need to clean up your feet. You wouldn’t go to work with dirty nails, so why go to the office with nasty feet?