5 Tricks for a DIY Pedi (Plus, an Ingrown Toenail Fix)

5 Tricks for a DIY Pedi (Plus, an Ingrown Toenail Fix)

1. Soak feet

"Always soak your feet first to clean out the dead skin and bacteria from under your toenails," says Fagan. The concoction? Fill up a foot bath (or bathtub) with lukewarm water up to your ankles and add in a 1/4 cup of Epsom salts; soak for 30 to 40 minutes. "Especially with Epsom salts, you don't want the water to be too hot because it takes away all of its disinfecting properties," she says. Not only do Epsom salts benefit your nails, but it also helps to improve circulation, draw out toxins, and gets magnesium into the body without going through the digestive system.

If you don't have Epsom salts on hand, Fagan recommends a different mixture: add 1/2 cup of Listerine Mouthwash to ankle-deep lukewarm water for 30 to 40 minutes. "I know it sounds weird, but the alcohol content in it kills any bacteria that's under your toenails and stops it from growing," she says.

For those who have mobility issues and can't necessarily get down to their toes to do a pedicure, Fagan still advises they soak their feet once a day. (Also, learn what the colour of your nails says about your health.)

5 Tricks for a DIY Pedi (Plus, an Ingrown Toenail Fix), Source:https://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-looks/how-to/diy-pedicure/