At home pedicure

Beyond needing to dial up the fake tan – this sudden hit of proper Summer has mean that taking care of the old tootsies before they’re fit to be seen in sandals rather than safely tucked away under the safety layer of a pair of ankle boots. So I have a few little tips for doing a decent pedicure in the comfort of your own home!


Step one – gotta scrub those feet into smoother shape. If you have really dry skin or hard areas then use a heavy duty smoothing tool like the Scholl Express Pedi* (not pictured) – a motorised scrubbing tool that will shift anything hard quicker than you can say ‘Flip Flops’.

Then polish off with a scrub product (or skip straight to this step if you don’t need the heavy duty step). I’ve been loving Liz Earle Foot Scrub* (available from John Lewis)- menthol and fresh it leaves feel feeling amazing and cool, as well as soft and smooth. This is an amazing refresher after a day out and about in London – it will never cease to amaze me how grubby feet can get. I swear I might as well walk around bare foot…

Anyway! Then I apply a cracked heel product to the dryer bits – Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream* (available online) has been my recent go-to. If I was in need of the speediest pedicure feeling ever, this would be the number one product. Slather on overnight and awaken with softer feet than when you went to sleep. But this is of course a slightly more detailed pedicure tips list so a few more steps!

So slather on the rich cream to the especially drier areas, then add a good coating of the Montagne Jeunesse foot lotion* (Available online). Love this stuff, smells fresh and cool and really hydrating. Happy feet!

For the nails – on the feet it’s all to easy to forget the cuticles which can make the already challenging task of painting your own toenails even more difficult. But a little bit of the OPI Avoplex Cuticle Exfoliating Treatment and a pair of cuticle trimmers and this is all sorted.

Filing toe nails can be easier and less likely to cause ingrown toe nails as you’re less likely to cut them too short that can effect the way they re-grow (I’m no toe-expert by the way). Then of course it’s time to reach for the toe separators and get painting! My current go to is any bright, bright blue shade! Will be doing a round up of my favourites soon!

There we have it, a few easy steps to getting your feet sandal ready (hurry though, blink and Summer will be over – sob!)

*PR sample



  1. July 17, 2013 / 10:47 am

    What a great post! It’s so useful to know how to do these things at home.

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