Scientists have established that having a pedicure can be extremely helpful. On top of helping your feet feel better, when massage is included, pedicures have been known to lower your stress and pain and raise your circulation. But then, most of us aren’t really enthused about the idea of getting a pedicure from a professional. Professional pedicures involve using the same tools that have been used on multitudes of other individuals and you aren’t able to tell whether or not those tools meet hygienic standards. The cool news is that it is perfectly possible to perform a pedicure on yourself. Here is what you should do if you would like to have all the benefits of a pedicure without stepping out of your front door.

First off, you should remove any existing polish with a non-acetone polish remover (acetone can cause many health issues). The next thing you should do is trum your nails straight across and smoothen the rough edges. Use a toenail clipper for clipping your toenails rather than a fingernail clipper. The curved shape of fingernail clippers can cause toenails to become ingrown and cause you lots of pain.

Try to soak your feet in a warm bath. Try to let your feet sit in warm water for more or less three minutes. In addition, you can mix in things to the bath like bath salts, skin soothers and softeners and aromatherapy products. This can turn the foot bath into a really comforting experience and help your feet feel very good. You can obtain ingredients for your foot bath in just about every store that carries bath and body products. There are some that are pricey but select the ingredients you like the best.

Use a pumice stone to get rid of any rough patches or calluses that may still be there after the foot bath. Don’t use callus shavers or something similar. A simple pumice stone is all you actually need to use.

Rinse your feet when you are done using the pumice stone. When you’ve rinsed off the foot soak and any callus dust or dust from the pumice, apply some moisturizing lotion. There are all kinds of moisturizing lotions for the feet being sold. Don’t just rub in in the lotion, though it’s fine if you are in a hurry. Instead, if you have the time, really massage in the lotion. Massaging works to settle down not only your feet but the rest of your body as well.

Once your feet are clean, callus free and moisturized, it is time to make them pretty. Although this isn’t really an important step, knowing that your toes are pretty (even if you’re the only person who can see them because your feet are stuffed into closed toe shoes all day) can do so much for your self-confidence. Push back your cuticles with the use of a cuticle pusher (the trimmers will cut your skin and introduce infections). Your first layer has to be a good nail strengthening polish. Once the first coat has had the time to dry properly, you cna put on whatever colors or designs that you like!

At-home pedicures can be done fairly quickly and are usually less expensive than those that you would get professionally. They’re terrific for the health of your whole body so get to work!