Summer is here and it’s time to grab your sandals again. This means it’s mandatory to have a nice pedicure and say goodbye to cracked or dry heels.
No time to go to a beauty salon? You can get a flawless pedicure in the comfort of your own home. Just follow these 5 quick tricks to pamper your feet a bit and get them ready for the warm season:
1. Soak your feet in warm water.
Prepare a basin and pour some bath salts or shower gel to moisten them really well. Add some baking soda as it will help to remove odor thanks to its deodorizing properties. Also, get a towel nearby to avoid any dripping.
Wait 10-15 minutes or until your feet are soaked enough. You can watch your favorite TV show, fold clothing, or do anything that doesn’t require you to move around.
If you have an electric hard skin remover, you can use it to remove any rough spots before the soak. Electronic foot files spare you of rubbing your feet so much that it feels like a tiny workout.
Use a pumice stone and then a scrub to restore softness. Focus on the heel as it’s the area that’s most prone to dryness.
3. Clean and cut.
The most important thing for your pedicure is to clean your nails thoroughly before cutting them. You might skip all those other steps if you’re really in a hurry. But having clean nails is mandatory.
Though toenail clippers are pretty popular, it’s usually safer to go for scissors as you have more control throughout the process. When you’re done, file the nails and make sure there aren’t any sharp edges.
Take care of your cuticles. Don’t cut them as that can hurt and force you to get a Band-Aid over your finger.
A special cuticle pusher is the best option. Dual-ended nail files include one as well. Use this nail tool to gently push your cuticles back.
4. Get a fresh coat of nail polish.
Applying some polish to get your toenails nice and shiny will make them look better. Take this into account even if you have very healthy nails to begin with.
Some ladies find bold colors to be far more high-maintenance. Once the polish chips, you’ll have to remove it and reapply it as quickly as possible. Also, you have to make sure you paint your nails on a hard surface such as the floor to avoid spills, streaks, and stains.
If you’re not usually a fan of fancy colors here, just go for a transparent polish, which will give your toes a simple but classy look. Also, you won’t have to deal with retouches.
Regardless of your choice of shade, a fast-drying top coat will speed up the drying process. If you don’t have any, use your hair dryer’s cool setting or dip your nails into a basin with ice cubes.
5. Moisturize your feet.
Massage your feet with a highly nourishing yet fast-absorbing cream. Don’t rub it in the nails to avoid damaging your fresh coats of polish.
If you have a few hours or even a night ahead of you before going out, slather a generous amount of really rich cream and cover your feet with thick socks. In the summer time, it’s best to do this often to keep your feet smooth and ready for flip-flops anytime.