If DIY pedicuring is your thing, you must have the proper tools to perform pedicuring correctly. Here is our rundown of the best and most important tools for pedicure you will ever need.
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Nail cutters differ in size and in their capacity to clip nails. Smaller nail clippers are more appropriate for the hands, while nail clippers for the feet may have to be larger especially if you are clipping male nails.
Males tend to have thicker nails, and small clippers can easily crack and crumble, especially if you are trimming extremely tough nails on big toes. Stock a variety of nail clippers so you can pick one that is appropriate for the thickness of the nails in questions.
Cuticle pushers are used to push back the layer of skin that partially covers the base of the nails. Be careful though, as overdoing it may cause wounds. Any wounding in this part of the toe can cause an infection of the nails or the nail bed. Foot infections can be dangerous, especially if the person is diabetic, so always keep in mind that soft, gentle movements are always better.
The best time to use the cuticle pushers is right after a soak in the tub, or after a good shower. After a shower, the nails and skin are soft, and they yield easily to pedicuring. Cuticle pushers can either be metal or wooden, depending on your needs. If you have generally soft skin, a wooden cuticle pusher should be sufficient.
The cuticle Nipper is built like a pair of scissors crossed with a nail cutter. The blades are at an angle, so you can remove nail and skin easily from the sides of the toes. Larger nippers are also frequently used to gently cut away at corns and callous.
If you have watched The Toe Bro on YouTube, you will see him using a variant of the nipper that is twice as big as the regular ones. These podiatry nippers are sharp and are designed to cut away at skin quickly and safely. If you have larger hands, buying a larger pair of nippers makes complete sense because you will find such a pair easier to grip and manipulate.
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Nail files for the feet are often thicker and longer because it is harder to reach down to the feet with smaller and flimsier files. We use this tool to grind the edges of our nails so that we can shape them better. The moderate use of nail files before painting your nails can do wonders for your nails.
The foot file or the pumice stone is a small stone with cavities designed to rub against callouses and thick skin on your foot. Regularly using a foot file after a shower can help make your skin softer and pinker, too.
When the pink of the foot is visible, that usually means that the skin is just the right thickness, and the foot is healthy. This is probably the reason why people spend a lot on products that can make the skin on their feet softer, because the thicker the skin, the duller the color of the feet.
Rubber toe separators are placed to prevent the toes from sticking to each other while the nails are still being painted. Toe separators also have a therapeutic purpose: they help alleviate pain when the toes are bent out of shape due to poor foot care. We recommend using this when applying nail polish. Remove toe separators when your nails have completely dried.
Orangewood sticks look a little like cut barbecue sticks, but they have so many possible uses. Orangewood sticks can be used to seal edges of newly painted nails, remove debris and dirt from the edges of the nails, and so on. They can have multiple purposes, so have one or two orangewood sticks at the ready when you are pedicuring yourself.
Before working on your feet, you may want to do a warm soak first and apply a foot scrub to soften the skin and make your callouses more accessible and easier to remove. By performing a quick foot scrub with warm water, you will also be able to remove the outer layer of the skin, so there is less resistance when you are bearing down with a foot file.
Nail polish correcting pen
A nail polish correcting pen is a short brush with an ultra-fine tip. So what you do is you dip the tip of the nail polish correcting pen in some nail polish remover and you use the brush to clean up the edges of newly pained nails. Excess paint around the nails is not a problem as long as you have the right cleaning brush with you.
Nail repair formula
If your nails are dry and cracked, either from lack of pedicure or because you tend to apply too much paint to your nails, you need to apply nail repair formula every night to restore the health of the nail. Once your nails have recovered, you can proceed with painting them again.
Metallic stripping tapes are often used to create super straight lines on toenails. After painting the toenails, they are then stripped away to finish the design. Stripping tape can also be placed on the nails to enhance a current design.
Transfer foils allow you to paint over your nails and then transfer the design on the nails when you tear away the transfer foils. Some people like imperfect designs, and if you do not want a super clean design on your nails, you need transfer foils.
As the name implies, a dotter tool is used to create fine dots on nail art. While you can use the small brush in nail polish bottles, dotters are more precise and consistent with the dots that they produce, and sometimes the finer detailing is what people need to complete their designs.
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