Nothing says party like a strappy pair of sandals and the perfectly pedicured feet to go with them. “With a little time and the right tools, you can give yourself a colorful and relaxing pedi right in the comfort of your home, “ says Dr. Monika Kiripolsky. Read on for Dr. Kiripolsky’s 6 tips for the perfect pedi.
Soak It: After removing old polish, fill a large bowl, tub, or basin with warm water. Add bath salts, Epsom salts, or even a dash of your favorite aromatherapy oil. Soak feet for 10 minutes, longer if they are very calloused. An interesting twist is to throw in a quarter cup of milk instead of the salts. The lactic acid in milk naturally exfoliates and compensates for the water’s dehydrating effect.
Shape It: Remove your feet from the water and pat dry. Softened from the water, toenails are now easy to trim and shape. Start with a pair of nail clippers and cut your toenails just short enough to see a bit of white at the tips. Use the natural topline of your toes as a guide to create a slightly squared shape. Avoid a rounded shape as this can promote ingrown nails. Finish with an emery board to buff down the sharp edges created by the clippers.
Push It: Next apply a cuticle oil or remover to the base of your nails. After a few minutes, push the cuticle back with an orangewood stick using a gentle circular motion. Just push the cuticle, not the skin of the toe. To avoid hangnails and potential infection, don’t cut your cuticles.
Scrub It: Next, tackle those callouses and spots of dry skin with a good foot scrub. You can use a wet pumice stone or foot file, or apply an exfoliating scrub. Look for scrubs that contain lactic or glycolic acid to help remove the dead skin cells. You’ll want to scrub the balls of your feet, bottoms and sides of your heels, and around the toes. The goal is to smooth, not remove; the tough skin is there for a reason.
5. Massage it: Ease any tension left after your soak by massaging in a moisture rich cream. Products with shea butter will go far to lock in moisture and keep those tootsies smooth. ZO® Skin Health Oraser® Body Emulsion Plus promotes smoothness and overall health of your skin.
6. Polish It: Pick an eye-catching color to fit the season. Red is always a winner. Dip the brush into your polish, and wipe off any excess. Place brush in the middle of your nail at the cuticle line, and pull it toward the tip. Repeat on the sides, adding more polish, if needed. Remember, to apply a topcoat to preserve your pedi and prevent chipping.
Now – kick up those heels!