Thursday, May 19, 2011

Happy Feet

With spring already here and summer close at hand, I finally get to pull out my peep-toe pumps and strappy sandals!  Although I usually keep my toes polished through the winter months, I need to give my feet a little extra attention to get them ready for the new season.  And because I don't have the money to go to the salon all the time, I thought I'd share my tips for the perfect at-home pedicure:

1) The best time to perform your own pedicure is just after you've stepped out of the shower or bath.  Your nails are clean and your cuticles are softened.

2) Apply a foot scrub all over, focusing on your heels and the balls of your feet, where calluses tend to form.  To really smooth things over, use a diamond file on particularly rough patches (avoid pumices as they trap bacteria).  Rinse off with warm water and towel dry.

3) Clip toenails and lightly shape with a file into a "squoval" shape.  Push cuticles back gently using an orange stick.  Lightly buff the surface of your nails, smoothing out any ridges.

4) To prolong the life of your pedicure and to keep dark colors from staining your nails, apply a base coat first.  Then, apply two full coats of polish and finish with a glossy top coat.

5) To keep my heels soft through the summer, I apply Aquaphor or an intensive care lotion and then put on socks before going to bed.  This acts as a deep-moisturizing treatment and I wake up with silky smooth feet!


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