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Get Silky Smooth Feet! How To Master the DIY Pedicure In 30 Minutes

Want happy feet? Give yourself a salon-perfect pedi for a fraction of the price.

By Tiffany Loh, 24 May 2016
Get Silky Smooth Feet! How To Master the DIY Pedicure In 30 Minutes

All that running around after the kids and rushing to and from work is bound to take its toll on your feet. So why not block out some time in the evening when the little ones are in bed and treat yourself to a DIY foot spa and pedicure?
In just half an hour, this six-step pamper will revive your tired feet and soften hard skin to reveal toes that you won’t be embarrassed to bare.

In just half an hour, this six-step pamper will revive your tired feet and soften hard skin to reveal toes that you won’t be embarrassed to bare

00:00 to 3:00: Soak Your Feet

Remove old nail polish and dip your feet in a pool of salted warm water to soften your skin and nails.

3:01 to 6:00: Exfoliate Your Feet

Pat your feet dry and remove any dead skin with a foot file or a pumice stone. Pay special attention to areas where hard skin can build up including your heels, balls of your feet and the edges of your toes, and then gently push back cuticles with a cuticle stick. Our pick: Scholl Velvet Smooth Essential Pedicure Collection

6:01 to 9:00: Trim and File Your Nails

Use a nail clipper or toenail scissors to trim back your nails. Do three cuts on each nail as you can get too close to the skin and cause breakages with a single cut. Round the edges of your nails with an emery board to stop them catching and snagging your clothing. Our pick: QVS Nail Starter Set

9:01 to 11:00: Massage Your Feet

Rub a thick moisturiser or foot cream on the tops and soles of your feet. Relieve any tension by giving yourself a foot massage and kneading pressure points with your fingertips. Our pick: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Foot Magic

11:01 to 20:00: Apply Polish To Your Nails

Wipe leftover moisturiser off your nails with a dab of nail varnish remover on a cotton pad or use pre-soaked pads. Slip your feet into a pair of flip flops and apply a base coat, two coats of colour and a topcoat to make your pedicure last. Our pick: Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat Protect & Shine

20:01 to 30:00: Let Your Nails Dry

It will take a few hours for your nails to completely dry so avoid putting on proper shoes just yet. In a rush? Speed up the process by adding quick-dry drops to your nails so at least they’ll be dry to touch in approximately five minutes.