Perfect Pedicure: 3 Easy At-Home Steps
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Perfect Pedicure: 3 Easy At-Home Steps

A simple DIY pedicure.

For feet that looked polished -- without the actual polish, from Roxanne Valinoti, who handles education for Creative Nail Design.

  1. While you're in the shower or bath, exfoliate the bottoms of your feet -- including spots like the sides of your big toes, where calluses tend to build up -- with a pumice stone or foot file. Then gently push your cuticles back with a washcloth.
  2. Hop out, dry off, then trim and file your nails. Cut them straight across, then clip the very edges at a 45-degree angle. (This prevents ingrown toenails by taking away the sharp corners.) Then use a buffer with different grits (ideally three) to polish them to a high shine. Start with the coarsest and end with the finest. "The sheen you'll get will last for about a week -- and almost look like you have a nude polish on," says Valinoti.
  3. Slather your feet with a thick lotion (preferably one containing panthenol) and slip on a pair of socks -- for an hour or, better yet, overnight. The combo of body heat and moisturizer will repair any cracks in your skin and make your feet sooo soft.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2007.