The Guide to the Perfect Summer Pedicure

20 Jul
Summer is here…let’s show off those summer feet!

It’s high time to ditch the tennis shoes and grab some sandals, however your feet better be in tip-top shape before they make their debut.  Be sure to get rid of that rough dry skin, clean up your toes, and add a bright nail polish this summer season!

We don’t want to look like the one on the left!

Would you believe that 60 percent of women don’t want to reveal their feet in public?  This surprising (and sad) statistic comes from a survey by the American  Medical Association.  However, healthy, great-looking feet are within reach.

Here’s your complete guide for the perfect at-home pedicure.
Gather your supplies:
  • Basin or tub
  • Foot soak, Epsom salts or bath salts
  • Pumice foot stone
  • Small brush
  • File
  • Nail polish remover/cotton balls
  • Nail polish/basecoat & topcoat
  • Clippers
  • Cuticle stick
  • Lotion
  • Foot scrub treatment
  1. Remove existing nail polish.  Begin to fill a basin (or your bathtub) with several inches of warm water.  Add desired amount of foot soak, such as Epson salt.  While the tub is filling, remove any old polish from your toes with nail polish remover and cotton balls.
  2. Clip nail overgrowth. For the best results, use high-quality nail clippers.  Careful not to clip too short and far into the nail bed, which can lead to infection.
  3. File your toenails.  Make sure to file in one direction while rounding the corners.  Filing allows you to easily shorten, even out and shape your toenails without risking infection.
  4. Brush to buff.  Using the small brush, gently buff one foot, then the other.  This will help remove dead skin cells and also to soften your feet. Next, use a foot scrub – I really love Orly Sleek Callus Eraser $13, retailers available at orlybeauty.com, it really softens your most stubborn calluses.
  5. Soak feet in warm water.  Soak for 10 minutes. However, the more cracked and calloused your feet, the longer they need to stay in.
  6. Care for your cuticles.  First,  apply cuticle remover to the base of each toenail to soften cuticles.  Next, gently push back the cuticles with a manicure stick, using a circular motion as you push — and don’t forget the sides.  My trick for soft cucicles is putting cuticle oil on every night before bed, Sally Beauty has an amazing bottle SuperNail Professional Cuticle Oil for a great price of $2.99!
  7. Apply ample moisturizer.  Dry feet thoroughly including between the toes and rub in a thick foot cream.  The best one I have found is Bath & Body, True Blue Spa Cracked Heel Treatment.
  8. Remove remaining oils.  Use finger nail polish remover to remove oil from your toenails.
  9. Apply Polish.  Start with a basecoat protects the integrity of your toenails and holds polish in placeOnce the basecoat has dried, apply two coats of nail polish for longer-lasting color.  To prevent chipping,  brush the polish over each toenail’s edge.  The final step is to apply your top coat Now allow your toenails to dry for about 20 minutes and your ready to head out the door.

With some fun attitude on your toes you’ll add a little pep to your step.

Now go glam up those toenails and enjoy summer!

 


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3 Responses to “The Guide to the Perfect Summer Pedicure”

  1. virtuos and beautiful July 23, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    Summer is the perfect time for pedicures!

    • Jackie Steiner July 23, 2012 at 11:02 am #

      Thanks for stopping by! I hope your having a great summer!!

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