August 6, 2020

Super Easy DIY At Home Pedicure for Beginners

In my 28 years, this was my first time having a pedicure. I’m frugal, and won’t spend money on things that I think I can do myself, but I also can’t be bothered to go the extra mile on little bits of my appearance.

Recently, though, I’ve been taking better care of myself, both mentally and physically. A big part of that is taking the time to take care of the little parts of me. I do my nails more, and have been working on making a skincare routine.

Now it’s time to bite the bullet, and deal with my feet.

I’m not a huge fan of feet, not even my own feet. In general, they’re pretty weird and gross. But with some finessing, they can become…a little bit less gross.

Using mostly things you probably already have, and just a little bit of effort, you can give your feet a fresh start. I’m no pro, but you don’t have to be when it comes to self care. With anything, use what works for you, and ignore the rest.


    •    Basin of hot water
    •    Basin of cold water, or the shower
    •    Epsom salt
    •    Essential oil (opt)
    •    Pumice stone and/or foot file
    •    Brush
    •    Cuticle pusher
    •    Nail clipper
    •    Nail file (opt)
    •    Oil or lotion
    •    Thick socks
    •    Nail polish

Most of these can be switched out or substituted.

I used a really coarse nail file on my feet, because I didn’t have a foot file at the time. If you don’t have a cuticle pusher, you can always use your finger nail to remove the dry skin around your nails. And essential oil isn’t essential. I used argon oil in the water basin. Coconut or olive oil work, as well.



In a basin of hot water, add about 2 tbsps of epsom salt (a couple drops of essential oil is optional), and soak your feet for at least 10 minutes. The longer the better. This is the easy part. Unless you’re like me, and have no patience.

I found both of these at the dollar store!


With a pumice stone or file in hand, it’s time to sand our feet!

If you’ve left your feet in the water long enough, dry areas will appear, as they turn white. Start there, and work your way around your foot. I found my heal and the bottom of my big toe to be the driest/roughest areas. Really work at those areas, but make sure to stop when the skin turns pink and/or starts to hurt, which means you’ve reached a fresh layer of skin.

Don’t stress to get every last speck of dry skin.

Your dead skin will get everywhere, so make sure the clean up the area under where you scrubbed your feet. A brush can be used to swipe the dead skin off your feet occasionally while scrubbing. I also recommend leaving your other foot in the water while you work.

Use a cuticle pusher to push back your toenail cuticles, and scrape away the dry skin around your nails. Trim your toenails, as well. You can shape your nails however you want, but personally, I just cut off as much as possible so that I don’t have to trim them often. It’s not my favorite thing.

Don’t forget to clean your feet off once you’ve scrubbed and scraped everything away. I had a second basin of cold water waiting next to me. Unfortunately, I got my dead skin flakes in it, so I ended up walking to the shower to rinse them off.

I was really trying to not get up once I started, so maybe next time I’ll do this in the bathroom.


Time to give some life back to those fresh feet!

Slather on some oil, or lotion, or moisturizer. They make ones specifically for feet, but I just used some argon oil. Then I popped some fuzzy aloe socks on, and let the oil absorb. I left them on for a couple hours, and took them off before bed. You can leave them on all night if you want.


You’re almost there! Time to paint your toenails.

I’d recommend a base coat, then any color of your choice, and a top coat. To be honest, I haven’t gotten to this step yet. I just can’t be bothered to sit and paint my nails, even though I know they would look better with it.

My feet look and feel fresh and soft!

I didn’t get every bit of dry skin off my heels and toes, but it’s a huge improvement. Feet are still gross, but they can become less gross with a little bit of effort.

It was worth the time, and I will definitely be giving myself pedicures from now on, maybe like once a month. Especially in the summer, having fresh feet makes me feel cuter and cleaner.

I never thought giving myself a pedicure could be a way I practice self-care. It’s important to take care of those little parts of us that we usually ignore.

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