Nothing feels better than a pedicure at a salon, but sometimes due to budgets and time, a mom's got to spruce up her toes on her own. Skyy Hadley (of As '??U'? Wish Nail Spa ) shares her tips for a PEDI PERFECT Summer.
'??There are techniques to follow for a home pedicure that will ensure your feet stay healthy and look beautiful,'? says Skyy. '??For a truly perfect pedicure, you should go to a nail professional. However, when life gets crazy, you often have to take your feet into your own hands,'? says Skyy.
TIP ONE: Milk It
After removing nail polish and spraying feet with an antiseptic, soak feet in water and milk. Adding milk is a crucial step as water can strip skin of moisture and leave feet drier. Milk naturally exfoliates and nourishes the skin and it'??s right in your refrigerator.
TIP TWO: Care for Cuticles with Caution
Lightly shape the toenails by cutting nails back slightly and massaging toes and feet with cream or oil. After feet have soaked for a few minutes, push back the cuticles '?? do NOT cut them (use something like the Seki Edge). Cutting them creates more hangnails and can even lead to infection.
TIP THREE: Scrub Wisely
Lightly buff the nail plate while it is still moist with a cuticle cream (we love Burt's Bees) or conditioner. Then buff the skin on your feet by applying a foot scrub and massaging the formula deep into the skin, concentrating on trouble spots. To really smooth things over, use a diamond file (avoid pumices as they trap bacteria) on particularly rough patches like the heel and ball of the foot.
TIP FOUR: Stay Polished
To maintain and prolong color, use a primer on the nails first. This step actually dehydrates the nail by bringing the natural oils out, making color grip longer. After applying color, add a top coat. Three days later, apply a top coat again to prevent color from chipping.
TIP FIVE: Smooth Things Over
Keep heels from cracking by massaging shea butter, light oil and/or Vaseline at night. Then, put socks on so the skin can absorb the formula even deeper overnight.