Soak your feet in a basin of warm water for 10 to 15 minutes. For best results, spike it with bath oil, moisturizing bubble bath or a mixture of Epsom salts and your favourite essential oil. (We like lavender or lemon grass.)
Massage your feet with an exfoliating scrub and then tackle any rough spots with a pumice stone or buffer.
Trim nails straight across to prevent them from ingrowing and buff lightly. Massage cuticle oil or cream onto each nail and its cuticle. Push cuticles back with a stick.
Rub a rich cream onto your feet and calves. Get rid of any residue on your nails by brushing them lightly with a toothbrush dipped in polish remover. This will help the nail polish adhere.
Brush on a clear base coat. It’s an extra step, but it stops nails from yellowing after wearing dark colours. Next, smooth on two coats of polish. Ideally, finish with a clear topcoat to prevent chipping. Use a remover-soaked cotton swab to clean up any wayward enamel and relax until your pedicure is set (about a half-hour). If you want to reduce your downtime, try an instant-dry spray or drops.