Having dry, rough feet is normal, especially if you wear closed shoes for long periods of time.
During winter, this is extremely common since you have layers of socks and winter shoes on to keep your feet warm.
Add in the fact that a busy schedule means that you will have to deal with your rough feet, and you simply won’t have enough to time deal with them!
The best solution here is to do a DIY pedicure for rough feet at home!
Now, most people don’t think that they have the right tools or the products so they usually ignore it.
With that said, doing your own pedicure is a great idea since you get to do it in the comfort of the home.
So, if you’re lazy or just not in the mood to go to the nail salon, it’s time to try to do your own pedicure.
Whether you have rough feet or you’re just looking to pamper yourself, we can help you enjoy a professional style pedicure when you are at home.
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Items that You Need for Your DIY Pedicure
If you’re ready to try out a DIY pedicure for rough feet, you may think you need to go shopping first.
Luckily, you don’t always have to shop – You might find many of the ingredients and products listed below in your home!
- Foot Soak– This is the solution that you will be dipping your feet in at the start of the pedicure
- Foot Basin or Bath– This can be a large bowl that should be big enough for you to soak both your feet in.
- Foot Scrub Or Pumice Stone – You will need this to get all the rough and dead skin off your feet after you are done soaking them.
- Cuticle Stick– These can easily be found in bulk. Make sure to use wooden ones. These are used to push the skin from your nails away and back, allowing your nails to grow faster and stronger.
- Nail Scissors or Clippers– You’ll need these to clip your toenails. Get ones that allow you to cut them in a square shape. Square nails will grow straight and it prevents ingrown toenails.
- Nail File– Pick an emery board style double-sided nail file. You’ll need them to smooth the rough edges of your nails.
- Foot Paddle– These are needed to scrape all the dead skin off your feet. Pick a good foot paddle with a solid wooden handle
- Bottom Coat/Nail Polish/Top Coat – These are optional but if you like nail color on your toes, it is a good idea to try them on.
- Vaseline/Body Butter/Olive Oil – You will need this at the end of the pedicure.
Once you have these ready, you can begin to move on to the next step.
In this case, it doesn’t mean starting the pedicure.
You have to pick out the two major components – the foot soak and the foot scrub.
We will outline a few of our favorites below!
DIY Recipes for Foot Scrubs and Foot Soaks
In most cases, you can easily buy store-bought foot scrubs and soaks.
On the other hand, you can also make some of your own too.
The following are some easy to make foot scrubs and foot soaks for your feet.
1. Raw Sugar Scrub for Rough Feet
If your feet are so rough that you’re getting cracked heels, this raw sugar scrub is going to be perfect for you.
The following are all the ingredients you need:
- White sugar – 1 cup (granulated)
- Raw sugar – 1 cup
- Coconut oil – As needed
- Dried flower petals – ¼ cup (you can also use herbs like rosemary or thyme)
Mix both the sugars and coconut oil together until it forms a thick paste.
Now, add in the flower petals or herb leaves and mix the scrub until the petals get crushed.
Store the scrub in a jar and keep it in the fridge.
This mixture has a shelf life of only 1 week so use it as quickly as possible.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Foot Soak
Foot soaks help make your feet softer and apple cider vinegar helps you get rid of your dead skin. The following are the ingredients you need:
- Apple cider vinegar – ¼ cup
- Olive oil – 1 teaspoon (can use almond oil or coconut oil)
- Warm water
- Lavender essential oil – 5 drops
- Eucalyptus essential oil – 5 drops
- Peppermint essential oil – 5 drops
Mix the oil, vinegar, and essential oils in the bowl. Now, add enough warm water to cover your feet.
Soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Epsom Salt Foot Soak
Epsom salt is the most popular foot soak because it is easy to make, and you probably have some in your home already.
Here’s what you need to make an Epsom salt soak:
- Epsom salt soak – ½ cup
- Lavender essential oil – 2 drops
- Warm water
Mix all the ingredients together and soak your feet in it for 10 to 15 minutes.
Once you’re done with your foot soak, you should dry your feet and start applying your foot scrub.
4. Peppermint Soothing Foot Scrub
This is perfect for softening the roughest feet and it’s also very soothing.
It’s great for tired feet as well. To make it, you need the following ingredients:
- Kosher salt – 1 cup
- Almond oil – 1/3 cup (Can use olive oil too)
- Peppermint essential oil – 6 drops
In a small bowl, mix the salt and oil together until you get a grainy, slightly wet mixture.
Now, add the peppermint essential oil and give it another stir.
Store in a bottle or jar and use it as needed for your feet.
Finishing Your DIY Pedicure for Rough Feet
Once you’ve used the scrub, you can use the foot paddle to rub your feet and get all the dead skin cells off your feet.
Dip your feet once more in the soak and then rinse them.
Apply the olive oil or body butter on your nails and wait 20 seconds before pushing your cuticles with the cuticle stick.
Clip your toenails and then file the edges with the nail file.
Now, apply the nail polish and once it’s dry, lather on a good layer of olive oil or body butter on your feet.
Make sure to apply some extra on your heels and the soles of your feet.
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