The beauty salons are closed, all thanks to Corona Virus, we are on our own to take care of our beauty needs.  We all are may be at home, but resting definitely no, we are more on our feet than in pre-covid era. This leads to tired legs, cracked heels, chipped nails, etc. etc. We need to take extra care of our feet and that too all by ourselves. Therefore, we must understand the essentials tools or products required to take proper care of our feet.

We all may be having that pedicure kits at home, but do we really know what they are, what they do and most importantly how to use them.  We have tried listing all the tools with their role required for carrying out a complete pedicure regime at home.

Foot Scrub: A refreshing foot cleanser and exfoliator that cleans, hydrates and soothes fatigued feet.

Foot Cream: An intensely moisturizing foot cream enriched natural ingredients to nourish, soothe and refresh tired feet.

Nail Cutter: A nail cutter or a nail clipper is the most basic tool required for a manicure or a pedicure. Nails are a breeding ground for bacteria and are one of the dirtiest parts of our body, trimming them is important to maintain the overall health. It’s best to keep them short at all times as this helps to prevent the spread of diseases.

Cuticle Pusher: Cuticles require special care so they don’t become dry or flaky. A cuticle pusher is used to push the skin from the nails back and away. Use a steel cuticle pusher for tough, hard skin and wooden one for soft cuticles. Use the spoon end to push it back and the sharper end to push against the cuticles around the corners. A good time to deal with this area is right after a shower because that’s when our skin is soft, and it gets really easy to push back any excess cuticle growth.

Cuticle Nipper: A cuticle nipper is a tool that is used to deal with hang nails, tough cuticles and the dry skin around your nails. It offers great precision to reach those tight spaces and to trim those annoying ingrown nails. It also enables the delicate removal of unwanted soft tissue around your nails. Once the cuticle is pushed back, it’s time to use the cuticle nipper. Use this tool for that  tiny pieces of skin or cuticle around the nail bed,  to gently trim the unsightly skin. Use an upward motion to lift this dead skin up and away from the nail.

Nail Buffer: To get rid of the dullness on your nails, use a nail buffer to provide the nails with shine. It also helps to remove any dry ridges or peeling on the nails by smoothening them out. The main purpose of this tool is to polish the nails and give them a consistent look. Always buff in one direction that is a basic rule go either forward or back. Don’t be over-enthusiastic and buff too vigorously as this may cause thinning of nails. Also, excessive buffing is harmful – just once a month will help you preserve the shine of nails.  Use the finer side of the tool for shining and smoothening.

Nail File: This tool is used to gently grind down the edges of the nails, making them smoother and helps in shaping them. Emery boards and plain metal files being the most commonly used tools. It’s advisable to use emery boards as they are gentler. Metal files tend to be very harsh on your nails. Hold the file at a 45-degree angle, parallel to the sides of the nails. Start at one corner and move to the centre, apply less pressure and file the nails in only one direction for a smooth finish. In order to prevent nails from chipping or breakage, shape them into an oval or square shape. Wash and moisturize once done.

Pumice Stone/ Foot File: A pumice stone is used to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells and calluses usually found on the bottom of your feet. Doing this also helps in getting rid of cracked skin on feet. Soak feet in warm soapy water for minimum 10 minutes prior to exfoliating with a pumice stone to soften the dry skin. Wet the stone and gently rub it over the area.  Be very careful and do not put too much pressure while exfoliating.

Nail Brush: Nail brushes are used for thorough cleaning of nails. They can also be used to remove stubborn stains or dirt from the nails. For a neat look use this tool daily. Hold the nail brush under warm water and squirt a small amount of anti-bacterial soap onto the brush. Move the brush from side to side over the nails, creating lather while doing so. Wash up and dab some moisturizer on once done. Always use warm water for this step as it will help soften the nails while giving a more thorough clean.

Toe Separator: This is used to place between the toes before putting on nail polish, so it doesn’t smudge. Additionally, this wonderful tool helps realign joints, improve circulation and straighten any bent toes which help with foot pain. 

Callus Remover: A callus remover or foot scraper efficiently gets rid of dead, dry, and rough skin from the heels to reveal softer, smoother skin. Check for the areas that are callused and scrape the skin using a downward motion until all areas of foot are smooth.

Keep tools soaked in warm soapy (anti-bacterial) water, this will kill all the germs and help keep them equipment bacteria-free. Also, it’s advisable not to share these tools with others as the dirt and dead skin on these tools obviously have some adverse effect and may result in the growth of bacteria and germs thus causing infection. Keep reading for more…



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