ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Save $30 by doing your own manicure/pedicure at home

Updated on August 23, 2012

Everyone is looking for ways to save money in this tough economy; especially stay at home moms like me! One of my favorite things to do on the weekends was go get my toes done. I would pay anywhere from $40 to $60 for a spa pedicure, manicure, and eye brow waxing. Obviously, this habit was expensive and the first thing on the list to go when I decided to leave my job to stay home with our daughter. After a lot of practice, I have found some simple ways to maintain my nail health while saving the cash.

Getting Started with Basic Tools

An at-home pedicure doesn't have to be high tech or fancy. You really just need some nail clippers, nail file, cuticle pusher, toe separators, and polish. You can spend a little or a lot on these items depending on the quality level you prefer. I bought a good set of tools just so they last. Cheap tools can damage your nails or break easily requiring replacement. I have a "tool box" that contains these items:

  • Nail clippers
  • Cuticle clippers
  • Cuticle oil
  • Burts Bees Foot Cream
  • Pumice stone
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Toe separators
  • Clear nail polish
  • OPI nail polish

Soak!

I usually do my toes right after a bath or shower, but you can soak your peds in a tub of warm water to help soften your skin. There are several types of foot soak powders or soaps that can soothe tired or achy feet. Dr. Teal's is cheap and effective; I was given two bags after completing a triathlon and have loved it ever since. It has a subtle scent and dissolves quickly. If you have really bad heels with deep cracks or dryness, a heel treatment might be necessary too. These products usually contain a mild acid that removes the dead skin.

Scrub!

Thoroughly scrub toes, arches, and heels with a pumice stone or foot file. I keep mine in the shower so I remember to do it daily. I am prone to dry heels from wearing flip flops, sandals, or going barefoot every day. A good sugar scrub helps smooth feet and legs by sloughing off dead skin.

Clip, file, and buff!

Clip your nails straight on your toes and fingers. Use a nail file to shape them up and remove sharp edges. Use the cuticle pusher to gently push back skin that it overgrowing the base of the nail. Trim excess cuticles with special clippers. Rub cuticle oil around each nail. A nail buffer can be used in place of clear polish if you'd rather leave nails unpainted. It will make nails shiny and smooth using different rough surfaces on a block.

Polish!

Spending a little extra money on a good bottle of nail polish is well worth it. This is the one thing I would suggest splurging on. A good polish, like OPI, goes on smooth and even. Cheap polish can have uneven color pigments and can stain your nails. Cheap polish doesn't last as long and can cause more damage. A good polish will last on your nails and last in its bottle. Use the toe separators to keep from smudging wet paint. I sit on the side of my bath tub to get into a good position to paint my nails. Use nail polish remover to touch up spots on your skin or spots that have heavy coverage. If you're really bad at painting, you can use tape to give you some boundaries.

Soften!

To keep your feet soft and smooth, use foot cream or lotion nightly. I use Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream every single night. Rub in your choice of lotion and put on an old pair of cotton socks to lock in moisture and keep from making a mess on your carpet or bed. Use a hand cream nightly; I try to use lotion after every hand washing as my hands dry out from being sensitive to soaps and perfumes.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)