Monday, March 24, 2014

How to do pedicure at home

       Summer is just around the corner, which means it's time to say goodbye boots, hello sandals! But before you bring out those little piggies, you probably need to get them ready for their debut. We all know the cost of professionally done pedicures can add up. That’s why WD asked expert Jin Soon from New York City’s Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spa for her favorite product picks, summer’s hottest color trends and essential pedicure tips so you can give yourself a salon-perfect pedi at home. Check out our step-by-step guide that will get your feet ready for all the open-toe shoes summer has to offer.

Things you need:
• Cotton pads                                                     • Cuticle treatment and stain remover
• Base coat                                                        • Epsom salt
• Your chosen nail polish color                        • Peppermint oil
• Top coat                                                         • Clay foot mask
• Toe separators                                               • A terry cloth towel
• A Nail file,

Remove old nail polish:
Although it may seem obvious, taking off your old nail polish is an important first step to giving yourself a pedicure. It’ll be hard to add a new color over the top of an old one! Use an acetone remover, making sure to get the bits the bits along your cuticles as well.
Shape your nails:
You need to trim and shape your nails. After removing your old nail polish with the nail polish remover and trim your nails neatly. Make sure you cut straight across and don't cut the corners too much, as this can lead to painful ingrown nails. Use a nail file to give them the desired shape.

Soak your feet:
Now it gets fun! Fill a small tub, bowl or basin with warm water, add some bubble bath and Epsom salts, then sit back and relax. Soaking softens the skin, preparing it to be pumiced, filed and trimmed, and the salts soothe tired, sore feet. Another option is scented oils which smell wonderful, moisturize your skin and give you that spa feeling at home. You can also buy commercial foot soaks, usually made with peppermint or eucalyptus oils. Ten minutes is a good amount of time to soak your feet. This softens your skin without turning you into a raisin, and gives some moments to decadently relax without wasting too much time. Keep your favorite gossip magazine handy for this part of your pedicure.

Prepare your cuticles.
 Although this step is optional, it can go a long way in making your toes better prepared for painting. Use your orange stick/cuticle stick to gently push back the cuticle around each nail. If you have cuticle trimmers, gently cut away the excess cuticle skin that builds up over time. Rub on a little cuticle oil when you’re finished to supplement the sensitive skin with a bit of added moisture.

 The next step is exfoliating. Once you are done with the foot bath, dry your feet and rub some cuticle cream on the base of each toe nail. Leave it for a few minutes. In the meanwhile, using a foot scrub and remove all the dry and dead skin cells. Be firm but do not scrape too hard. Next, wipe off the cuticle cream and push back the cuticles gently with a cuticle pusher.

Once you are done scrubbing, wash your feet clean and moisturize them. Moisturizing helps soften, hydrate the skin and protects it from cracking. Rub a generous portion on your feet and massage well. Regular foot massages also help keep nerve endings stimulated, improve blood circulation and nourish the skin and foot muscles!

Paint your nails:
Now it's time to look pretty. First, take a cotton pad dipped innail polish remover, and swipe it across each toenail to remove any moisturizer or oils. All that lubrication is great for your skin, but it doesn't help your polish last.
A great purchase for a DIY pedicurist is a toe separator that way, you can actually walk around with wet toenails rather than having to stay still. Tissues or toilet paper works in a pinch but aren't as neat.

       Test the polish with your finger to see if it is still tacky; when it is totally smooth to the touch and doesn’t smear under pressure, you’re finished! Go show off your cute new toes, and relish your soft new feet.

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