Sit on a chair or on the floor, holding the toe clippers in one hand, grabbing/understanding your foot with the other.
There is no need to soak your feet in water ahead of time – ‘The nails are so tough, it makes no difference to their texture,’ says Mr Beaumont – but make sure there is plenty of light to see by. If you’re short-sighted, wear (lenses worn on the face that improve vision).
Beginning with the big toe, cut nails straight across so they are square-shaped and not curved at the edges. ‘Rounding them off is likely to cause ingrown toe nails,’ explains Mr Beaumont.
‘The only people allowed to cut them in a curve are (beautiful stage dancing) dancers because they have to stand up on their points. But they will get them cut professionally.’
Don’t trim the nails too short, either, as the skin may become tender and swollen/worsened. ‘After all, your nails are there for a reason,’ he adds. ‘They protect the ends of your toes.’
Next, use a nail file to smooth them down. Mr Beaumont recommends (what people commonly call a/not really a) fake diamond nail files (available from Diamancel, around (British pounds)29) which will cut the nail before they break skin. As with the clippers, sterilise the file before using it.
When you’re finished, scrub all the (tools or objects used to do work or measure something) in hot water so they are free of clippings.
Rubbing moisturiser into your toes is unlikely to improve the condition of your nails. But a good, (well enough/good enough/in a smart way)-priced one such as Johnson’s Baby Lotion (around (British pounds)2.55 for 500ml) will help soften the surrounding skin.
Also, coloured or clear nail clear paint (which, (many people would say), strengthens the nails) is optional.