10 Steps to the Perfect DIY Pedicure
Save money this summer by perfecting the at-home pedicure.
Pedi perfect toes
Pretty polishes, plus the latest treatments, add up to seriously happy feet. And with sandal season in full swing, a DIY pedicure makes for a winning equation. Check out our nine must-have nail products that will help your feet look and feel like you’ve just walked out of the salon.
Step 1: Use a Foot Mask
Use a foot mask to get a head start on a DIY pedicure. Wear the booties for 60 minutes and watch the dead skin peel off for two weeks afterward, no tools (or manual labour) required.
The Face Shop Smile Foot Peeling Mask, $14 at thefaceshop.ca
Step 2: Soak Your Feet
Foot soaks are an easy and affordable at-home treatment that helps you feel like you’re at a five star salon. This fizzy chamomile and lavender foot soak will soften and smooth your tired feet in a flash.
True Blue Spa Effervescent Foot Soak Footloose & Fancy Fizz $15 at Bath & Body Works
Step 3: Exfoliate
Say goodbye to dry skin with this gel-based scrub made with exfoliating volcanic rock. The peppermint oil fights odor and leaves your feet feeling fresh.
Peppermint Cooling Pumice and Foot Scrub $15 at The Body Shop
Step 4: Remove Calluses
Tackle dry spots and calluses without the fuss thanks to this battery-operated skin smoother. Soak your feet first and follow with a nourishing foot cream.
Bliss Achilles’ Heel Spa-Powered Heel Smoother, $49 at Sephora and sephora.ca
Step 5: File Your Nails
Shape your toenails to perfection with these fun, bright files.
Sephora Collection Crystal Nail File, $12.50 at sephora.ca
Step 6: Treat Your Nails
This nail treatment contains pro-vitamin B5 and cellulose fibres that helps to nourish and strengthen nails, while UV filters and a rosy hue help brighten, smooth and blur imperfections for perfect-looking toes.
Formula X The Fix 5-in-1 Nail Treatment, $19 available at Sephora or sephora.ca
Step 7: Paint Your Nails
Quo by Orly Breathable Treatment and Color allows oxygen and hydration to pass through your nails, which promotes growth and helps to heal damaged nails. Looking for even more colour inspiration? Your feet will seriously love any one of the 20 hottest nail polish shades of the season.
Quo by ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color in Beauty Essential, $10.99, available at Shopper’s Drug Mart locations across Canada.
Step 8: Moisturize Your Feet
This fresh smelling lotion goes on like butter and smooths away rough skin with intensely moisturizing aloe, soothing camomile and refreshing cucumber.
CND Spa Cucumber Heel Therapy Intensive Treatment, $60 at select salons
Step 9: Treat Rough Patches
Use a thick, moisturizing foot cream to treat the areas of your feet that are prone to calluses or rough patches.
Shea Butter Foot Cream, $32 for 150ml at L’Occitane en Provence
Step 10: Keep Your Feet Smelling Fresh
Don’t let stinky feet keep you from showing off your new pedi! Sprinkle some of this foot powder directly on your feet or on your favourite shoes or sandals.
T for Toes Foot Powder, $6.95 at lush.ca