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Foot care: do your own pedicure

by Josephine Andrews
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Tight sports shoes, high heels or dry heating air: Our feet are often exposed to strain in everyday life. Regular foot care is therefore important. We will tell you how to do a pedicure yourself at home in the bathroom – and what you need for this.

How does a pedicure work?

Even if the feet are more noticeable in summer: Foot care is important all year round. This not only keeps your feet in good condition, you also prevent fungi, excess calluses and ingrown nails. What is done during a pedicure? An integral part of the cosmetic pedicure are the following elements:

  • footbath
  • Peeling
  • remove callus
  • Cut toenails
  • lotion

Do the cosmetic foot care yourself? This is not a problem. You don’t need an expert for this. The individual steps can be done at home in the bathroom. However, complaints such as corns, nail fungus, nail bed inflammation or an ingrown toenail should always be treated professionally – with medical foot care in a podiatry practice.

Even diabetics always better go to a podiatrist, especially if they have a “foot syndrome”. This secondary disease of diabetes is caused by circulatory and nerve disorders.

Read more about podiatry here .

Foot care for men is no different from that for women. The steps are identical for a pedicure for men. However, women more often tend to do foot care for aesthetic reasons or general cosmetic treatments.

Do your own pedicure: This is how pedicures work at home!

Foot bath, cutting toenails and removing calluses: A pedicure consists of different steps. If you don’t have any health problems such as nail fungus or nail bed inflammation, you don’t necessarily have to go to the beauty salon, but can use files and the like in the bathroom. We will explain to you which steps are involved and how you can do the foot care yourself.


Start with a pedicure bath. The effect: Cracked areas become softer and thick nails are easier to cut. Sweaty feet also disappear as a result. If you have nail polish on your toes, it is best to remove them first.

If your feet are dirty, it is advisable to wash them with shower gel or soap beforehand. Don’t forget the spaces between your toes, because dirt and dead skin like to collect there.

The ideal water temperature for a footbath is between 36 and 40 degrees Celsius. The bathing time should not exceed ten minutes. After this time, the feet swell up. If you have calluses on your feet, you can add a few drops of lavender oil to the water . This will make it easier to remove later. 100 milliliters of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar as an additive are also good against calluses.

A bath additive with salicylic acid makes the skin on your feet more supple. The same goes for a mix of a cup of olive oil with a few grains of coarse sea salt. If you like it refreshing, add a few drops of essential oil – for example mint or rosemary .


Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from your feet. It is also used to prevent calluses. You can easily mix a DIY foot peeling with two tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of sea salt or sugar.

Massage the exfoliating granules into damp feet using circular movements and then rinse off thoroughly. Slight calluses are already loosened by this process.

You can find out more about foot peeling here .

remove callus

If you don’t have any cracks or cuts on your feet, you don’t need any special products to remove the calluses on your heels and balls of your feet. The calluses are usually already softened by the foot bath and peeling. Now sand away the callus with a pumice stone. If you want to try it with a callus plane, you should be careful. The sharp blades quickly injure deeper skin layers.

If you are not in a hurry and only have slight calluses, you can also use ointments, creams or tinctures with the active ingredients keratolytics, salicylic acid or urea. However, they must be used for several weeks. These products are available in pharmacies without a prescription.

You can find out more about removing calluses here .

Cut toenails

In order to avoid ingrown toenails or nail bed infections, it is important to cut the nails straight. To do this, use nail scissors, nail clippers or a file – depending on which you are more comfortable with. Also keep these points in mind when cutting:

  • Don’t trim the nails too much. They should remain long enough for the nail corners to lie freely on the lateral edge of the skin.
  • Do not round the corners of the toenails.
  • Also avoid a pointed V-shape when cutting.
  • Finally, round off the nail edges with a file. But also in this case, make sure that the toenails are not too short. Otherwise there is an increased risk that they will grow in.

Find out more about cutting toenails here .

Remove cuticles

Excess cuticles often develop on hands and feet. Not only does it look unsightly, it can also sometimes cause inflammation if you get stuck and tear the skin. Therefore it is better to remove them.

Cuticle removers are available in pharmacies. It softens the skin, makes it more supple and gently detaches it from the nail plate. This makes it easier to push back. Use a rounded rosewood stick for this. It is not advisable to use pointed scissors, as they quickly damage the cuticles.

Learn more about removing cuticles here .

Cream and massage feet

After these care steps, your feet can now tolerate a portion of moisture. Invigorating, rich or antiperspirant creams, lotions or oils are suitable for this – depending on your needs. It is best to massage a few drops of it into your feet with small circular movements.

You can find out more about foot massage here .

Paint toenails

At the end of the pedicure in your own bathroom you can paint your toenails. When applying, first grab a so-called “base coat”. It protects the nails from yellow discoloration, which is often caused by colored pigments in common nail polish products.

It also repairs small bumps in the nail plate. So that the nails do not dry out, it is fundamentally important to have a recovery phase at regular intervals and to completely avoid nail polish.

When choosing the product, it should be noted that numerous types of nail polish contain so-called nitrosamines, which according to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment are carcinogenic and of which the body should absorb as little as possible.

If you like colorful nails without nitrosamines, it is best to always pay close attention to the ingredients. Natural cosmetic products usually do not contain nitrosamines.

Learn more about painting toenails here .

What do you need for a pedicure at home?

To take care of your feet at home, you need a few tools. Basic foot care tools are:

  • Additive for the foot bath
  • nail file
  • Nail clippers and/or nail scissors
  • Bimsstein
  • cuticle remover
  • rounded rosewood stick
  • Foot Care Cream

Please note: Nail clippers are particularly suitable for thicker nails. However, they should have sharp edges so that the nails do not splinter. When choosing the nail file, it is important that it is made of glass or has a sand blade. Otherwise they damage the nails when filing.

You can also find special pedicure sets and other initial equipment for cosmetic foot care in pharmacies or in retail stores.

How often is a pedicure necessary?

Wash and cream feet: These pedicure elements should be part of the everyday hygiene routine. Exfoliating your feet once a week is advisable – also to prevent calluses. Get a full pedicure every four to six weeks. Depending on how fast your toenails grow and how hard your skin is.

Anyone who often walks barefoot in everyday life is basically doing something good for their feet. This creates a natural foot massage . It also prevents pressure points, blisters or calluses on the feet.

You should keep this in mind when having a pedicure at home!

Do the foot care at home in your own bathroom, there are a few things you should pay attention to

  • Foot bath: It is important to stick to the recommended water temperature of around 38 degrees. If you have open wounds, it is better to use footbaths with caution and pay close attention to the choice of bath additive. Irritating substances such as salt are less suitable for open wounds. Also test possible intolerances to additives beforehand . To do this, drip a few drops of the respective substance onto the crook of your arm and leave them on for a few minutes.
  • Cutting toenails: Always cut the toenails straight. Also, avoid making them too round or too short.
  • Remove cuticles: Never use pointed scissors to remove cuticles, but a rounded rosewood stick.
  • Calluses: Do not reduce the calluses too much, they protect the skin even during daily stress.

Pedicure: what is it?

The term pedicure comes from the Latin word “pes” which means foot. This is the holistic care of the feet. The counterpart to this is the manicure: the care of the hands. A distinction is made between cosmetic and medical foot care. The latter can only be carried out in podiatric practices.

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