A step-by-step guide to giving yourself a salon-like pedicure at home

Summer is coming... we hope.

15 Apr 2018

Due to the UK weather being worse than your ex-boyfriend at p****** all over your weekend plans, your feet probably haven't seen the light of day since October last year.

And unless you're a meticulous pedicure-appointment maker, you may find that on closer inspection, your feet bare an uncanny resemblance to horse hooves.

Dead skin and manky nails, step right this way! We have the best tips on how to get your feet summer-ready...

1. DIY dead skin removal

It can be tempting to use a sharp implement to smooth your crusty heels, but Adrian Sandy, Podiatrist at DLT Podiatry, warns against anything too abrasive. "We recommend Pediwand, (£1.95, ) for filing hard skin." he says.

"Use a cream containing urea - an important component of the body's natural moisturising factor, (try , £5.95)."

It can also be a good idea to keep a foot scrub in the shower to exfoliate every so often and help renew the skin's surface.

2. Time to trim

When neatening up your nails, make sure you're using the right method to avoid ingrown toenail or infection.

Adrian recommends clipper over scissors: "Blades on scissors are offset so you would find it difficult to get a straight cut."

"Cut your toenails with a professional clipper such as Podopro Nail Nipper 13.5cm Barrel Spring Concave, £28.00."

As for how far down your should trim, Adam recommends to always leave enough so a little of the white nail is still visible, and take care not to catch the skin.

3. Finish with a file

Just like your hands, you should file the nails on your feet, too.

"Use a good quality file and gently move it in one direction across the top of your toenail until smooth", says Adam who recommend the , £4.75.

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