How to do an at-home pedicure

It can be a hard job maintaining sandal-ready feet, particularly when you can’t get to the salon for a pedicure.

It’s not surprising that sometimes we’re left with calluses, ingrown toenails and cracked heels between squeezing our feet into running trainers and strappy shoes. But thankfully the perfect pedicure is easier to get than you think.

From an electronic foot file to a sole softening foot cream, these salon-quality solutions will grant you smooth feet without stepping a foot in the salon.

1. Clean, soak and soften your feet with this top-rated foot spa

REVLON Pediprep Foot Spa, now £24.99 (save £9.91) 

Fancy a spa experience at home? Whether you work on your feet all day or are simply looking to indulge in a spa-worthy foot massage, the REVLON Pediprep Foot Spa is a good choice. It will help soften your feet and cuticles with its bubbling massage and removable pumice stone. 

For the best results, we recommend using the foot spa in combination with a foot soak containing Epsom salt, which can help soften, hydrate, soothe and exfoliate your feet. Plus, it will make your bathroom smell like a spa.

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2. Sort hard skin fast with this electronic foot file

Electric Hard Skin Remover, £24.99 

If foot spas and pumice stones aren’t getting the job done, this number one bestselling foot file will be able to help. It makes even dry, tough, thick and cracked feet soft and smooth. 

Easy-to-use, practical and durable, the rechargeable electronic foot file uses a roller made of coarse micro mineral crystals that spins to help remove dead, dry and rough skin fast, leaving feet smoother than ever. Buffing away layers old skin has never been easier. 

Plus, the file comes with two new roller heads, so there’s no need to buy separate refills. 

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3. This marvelous scrub will give your feet a little more love

OUAI HAIRCARE Scalp & Body Scrub, £32  

If your feet need a bit more love, this multi-tasking scrub from hairstylist Jen Atkin will do the trick. 

It contains sugar to cleanse and soften skin, alongside a dose of probiotics, which are known for their ability to keep the skin’s natural defences on high alert, and conditioning coconut oil to replenish moisture. 

We like to add a dollop on the soles of our feet and use a pumice stone, focusing on the edges of our heels as well as the balls of our feet, to help bring rough feet back to life in between pedicures.

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4. Treat your toes with this shaping and clipping kit

BESTOPE Toenail Clippers Set, now £11.99 (save £4)

The BESTOPE Toenail Clippers Set, which costs a reasonable £11.99, contains everything you need to fine-tune your at-home pedicure: a toenail lifter, nail clippers, a nail file and ergonomically shaped nail scissors.

It’s essential to keep your toenails short to prevent ingrown nails and nail polish chips, not to mention to avoid snagging your tights. 

Keep it simple by clipping your toenails straight across, they shouldn’t dig down the sides or be pushing up against your shoes. To ensure your nails don’t become ingrown, don’t round off the corners.

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5. This polish will paint nails in a single stroke 

Sally Hansen Colour Therapy Nail Polish with Argan Oil, £8.99

The final step for the perfect at-home pedicure is painting your toenails. If you’re looking for a long-lasting pedicure, we recommend polishing them up with Sally Hansen Colour Therapy Nail Polish with Argan Oil. 

The polish boasts a smooth, streak-free finish and is enriched with argan, acai berry and evening primrose oils to nourish and hydrate the nails. The brush is very dense and fans out for easy application. Plus, the polish also doubles as the base coat, so it makes your nail polish last for longer, and there’s no need to buy additional polish. 

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6. Soften the roughest heels with this gently exfoliating foot cream

AMELIORATE Intensive Foot Treatment, £15

Your standard body lotion will work too, but we recommend investing in a specially formulated foot cream to help maintain super smooth feet all year round. 

This lactic acid-infused formula from AMELIORATE works to break down rough skin though gentle chemical exfoliation, while shea butter helps to hydrate and smooth. 

For an intense moisture kick, massage the cream into feet before bed, pop on a pair of cotton socks and leave to soak overnight.

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This £20 exfoliating foot mask is better than a pedicure 

Formulated with a blend of milk and exfoliating plant extracts, including sweet peach and hydrating aloe, the Plantifique Exfoliating Foot Peeling Mask will help shed dead skin and moisturise your soles. It’s super-effective and costs an affordable £19.99 for two pairs.

There’s no denying the foot peel will leave your feet looking a little worse for wear before revealing soft new skin underneath. But don’t knock it until you’ve seen the impressive Before and After photos on Amazon – they’re remarkable.

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