PSA: Monsoons are messy and risk of infection is at an all-time high. Sadly, your feet aren’t going to be spared the trauma. Often exposed to dirty puddles and muck, they are going to need some extra pampering this season. And what better way to do that than with an indulgent pedicure at home?

If you’ve missed your last pedicure appointment, then fret not, we are here to help. This easy DIY pedicure is the perfect way to care for and nourish your feet, and keep dirt and infections at bay while you’re at it.

You will need:

A foot soak or shampoo

Lukewarm water

Pumice stone or foot scrub

Nail clipper or filer

Step 1: Clean your feet
 

Step 1: Clean your feet

Since germs and bacteria are at their peak during the rains, thoroughly cleansing your feet is an effective way to keep them infection-free. Start by dipping your feet in a basin of lukewarm water that contains a few drops of your favourite foot soak. You can even use a gentle baby shampoo if you don’t have a foot soak handy. Keep your feet in this mixture for about 10-12 minutes and then go on to the next step.

Step 2: Exfoliate
 

Step 2: Exfoliate

Exfoliating your feet regularly is one of the best monsoon practices you can indulge in to keep your feet looking healthy and pretty. For this step, take one foot out of the foot soak and rub it gently using a pumice stone. You can even replace the pumice stone with a store-bought foot scrubber for similar results. But ensure that the pumice stone or scrubber is specially designed to be used on the feet as this will deliver the best results.

Step 3: Push back cuticles and trim nails
 

Step 3: Push back cuticles and trim nails

Use a cuticle cream to massage the cuticle area, and then push them back as gently as you can. Use a nail tool to ease out dirt from the corners of your nails and from under them as well. Additionally, use a soft brush to scrub your nails as this will help add shine to dull, yellowing nail beds.

Step 4: Moisturise
 

Step 4: Moisturise

After you have removed all the dead skin cells by thoroughly exfoliating, it is now time to protect your feet by moisturising them. Dry your feet using a clean towel, apply a generous amount of your favourite moisturiser and massage your feet for a little while. Remember to pay special attention to those areas that are dry and cracked. Massaging your feet will improve blood circulation in the area, stimulate nerve endings as well as nourish your skin and foot muscles.

Step 5: Paint toe nails
 

Step 5: Paint toe nails

Before you begin applying nail polish, remove leftover moisturiser and oils from your toe nails using a cotton ball dipped in some nail polish remover. To paint your nails, start by applying a base coat and wait for it to dry before going forward. Next apply a nail colour of your choice, wait for it to dry and then go over it with the next coat. Finish off your pedicure with a final top coat. And voila! Your feet will look pampered and perfect!