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Salon pedicures may look good, but they can be expensive, and you run the risk of infection from shared tools and unhygienic conditions. Home pedicures will leave your feet feeling soft and looking great, while also saving you money on expensive salon treatments. Here are five tips for the perfect pedicure.

Hygiene

Always use clean tools when giving yourself a pedicure. Bacteria, fungus, and other germs accumulate on your feet and under your toenails, which can then transfer to your pedicure tools. Every time you use nail clippers, nail files, pumice stones, toe separators, and other equipment on your feet, it’s important to disinfect the tools, as this will reduce the risk of infection.

Skin

Soak your feet in warm soapy water for at least 10 minutes to soften your skin. Next, use a pumice stone or skin file to remove any patches of dry skin on the soles of your feet and around your toes. Use the tip of your finger or a soft implement to push your cuticles back gently. Avoid using orange sticks or metal implements on your cuticles, as these can damage the nail bed and lead to infection. Dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes.

Nails

Always cut and file your toenails straight across to help prevent ingrown toenails; avoid cutting or filing the sides of your nails. Metal nail files and rough emery boards can split your nails, so choose a crystal file or fine emery board for shaping your nails and smoothing any rough edges.

Massage

A foot massage boosts circulation, reduces stress, and helps to soften the skin. Start by applying a generous layer of moisturizer to your feet. Alternatively, you can use coconut oil, which contains antifungal and antibacterial properties to keep your feet healthy. Massage your feet firmly, paying particular attention to the soles and arches, as these are the areas that hold the most tension.

Nail Polish

Toenails can stain easily, especially if you’re using dark nail polish, so it’s important to coat them with a base. Before applying nail polish, use a small paintbrush or makeup brush to apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or coconut oil to the skin around your toenails, as this will prevent the polish from sticking to your skin. Once your nail polish has dried, you can use a damp cloth to wipe any polish off your skin.

Home pedicures can save time and money, while also reducing the risks that come from using a salon’s shared tools. Disinfecting your pedicure tools after use and regularly replacing disposable items, such as emery boards, will help to prevent infection.

See also: Home Beauty Treatments: 5 Tips For the Perfect Manicure

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This Common Weed Will Keep You Well

It’s no secret that herbs like lavender, chamomile, and lemon balm are a staple in the homestead medicine cabinet. But did you know that dandelion, a plant we commonly think of as a weed, also has powerful medical properties? That’s right: this yellow-hued pest plant has medicinal value. Best of all, it grows in many areas and needs little (if any) care.

Not sure how to use dandelion for common ailments? Don’t worry! Here are a few ways you can use dandelion as a medicinal herb.

Just eat it

Taken orally, dandelion is packed with nutrients that support a healthy body. Unlike many herbs, you can eat every part of the dandelion. Its flowers, stems, leaves, and roots are all edible. In fact, chefs often use dandelion in high-end salads. If you’re looking to spice up home dinners, toss a few fresh dandelion leaves in the mix for a bite of flavor. Roast the roots to make a powder or dry the leaves to make tea.

Aid digestion

Dandelion is a famous diuretic. Instead of reaching for a bottle of laxatives, make a soothing tea with dandelion leaves or eat crushed dandelion root. You can even buy pre-made crushed and roasted dandelion root, which many people drink as a coffee substitute (they swear it tastes just like the real thing!).

Healthy skin

Whether your kids struggle with teen acne or you’re battling dreaded adult acne, it’s no fun. Dandelion has a high magnesium and zinc content that is said to support healthy skin from within. Use dandelion as a tea or topical poultice to help clear your skin.

Boost lactation

If you need a leg up on milk production, women have been using dandelion for centuries to boost their milk supply. Enjoy it as a tea or eaten raw in a salad. Remember to consult with your doctor before using any herbal remedies while breastfeeding!

The bottom line

Rethink weeding dandelions from your homestead this year. This amazing plant has a host of benefits that keep you happy and well. Let’s chat in the comments! Have you ever used dandelion as a remedy?


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