With summer officially in full swing it’s time to swap boots for sandals and get those feet on display. To get your feet ready for their summer debut – try this do-it-yourself pedicure to ensure skin is soft and toes are polished…
Step 1: Soak in water
An important first step to help soften and clean skin, remove all traces of nail polish and soak your feet in warm water. Add a teaspoon of tea tree oil (to banish bacteria), half a cup of Epsom salts (to rejuvenate) and a few drops of rosemary oil (to heal and freshen).
Step 2: Exfoliate
To help tackle dry skin, look for exfoliators with medium-sized grains (e.g. sugar crystals) and moisturising properties. Massage each foot for a couple of minutes, starting at the heel and working your way to the toes and up to your calves. Rinse with warm water.
Step 3: Eliminate calluses
For seriously tough skin and calluses use a specially designed tool like a pumice stone or lava rock. Coat the stone with body wash and lightly scrub tough areas in a back-and-forth motion. Be gentle here, the goal is not to rub your flesh raw!
Step 4: Get toenails under control
Use a clipper designed for toenails and trim nails straight across. Smooth edges using a nail file (glass files are best for this) – slightly curved shapes prevent ingrown nails.
Step 5: Moisturise and massage
After patting your feet dry, smother them in a rich moisturiser created for feet. Give yourself a DIY massage by pressing your knuckles along the arch of your foot. This mini massage will boost circulation and reduce swelling.
Step 6: Add some colour
First, use a non-acetone polish remover to dissolve any cream residue from your massage. Next separate your toes using foam separators and apply a clear base coat – look for a formula that helps to strengthen brittle nails. Once this has dried, apply two coats of your favourite colour to your toes (we’re loving coral colours for summer). To seal the colour fully and prevent chipping, add a clear top coat. Lastly, once your nails have dried, add a few drops of cuticle oil to pump up shine and create a barrier to protect against smudges.
If you fancy treating yourself to a professional pedicure it is important to find someone who is qualified. To find qualified professionals in your area who can offer pedicures, please use our search tool.
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