Salon Savvy: How to Give Yourself a Pedicure

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4. Care for Your Cuticles

Once your feet have soaked, your cuticles will be soft and pliable. Apply cuticle remover oil and let it sit for a minute or two, then use an orangewood stick to push back your cuticles to the nail bed gently. Salons often clip cuticles, but this is not recommended and can do more damage than good. Also, it's healthier for them to leave them intact.

5. Lose the Calluses

If you walk barefoot often or just have rough, scaly feet, take the extra step to scrub hardened or cracked areas with a callus remover. Doing this will help more and more over time. Don't overdo it all at once, or your feet may feel raw and uncomfortable to walk on. If your foot starts to look red or irritated, stop. A good rule of thumb here is: "Smooth, don't remove."