After spending all summer wearing flip flops and sandals my feet are definitely in need of some serious attention, having your feet exposed to the elements can dry them out and encourage hard skin so there's nothing better than having a nice, relaxing pedicure to get them back to looking and feeling smooth and soft.
However if you can't afford a pedicure in a beauty salon then why not have a go at giving yourself one, it's not hard and can give you similar results at a fraction of the cost. Here's how to give yourself a professional pedicure.
Step 1 - Remove hard skin
Give your skin a really good exfoliation with a foot scrub, I like to use CND Sea Salt Glow which is a professional foot scrub but I also like Boots Invigorating Foot Scrub. Dry your feet completely before starting the hard skin removal, my favourite product for removing hard skin is the Micro Pedi electric hard skin remover, it's so quick and easy to use, it literally takes 5 minutes to get super soft, silky feet with very little effort.
Step 2 - Nails & Cuticles
Apply cuticle remover to the base of all of your nails (cuticles are the thin excess skin that grows over the base of your nail) and leave it to work it's magic while you tidy your nails. I use CND Cuticle Eraser but if you'd like a good high street version try Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover.
To get your toenails in tip top shape firstly you need to cut them if they're a bit long, I always use nail clippers and you should cut them straight across to avoid getting ingrown nails, next you should file them to make sure they're nice and smooth and even. The cuticle remover should have had time to soften your cuticles now so gently push them back with a hoof stick and then carefully trim off any excess cuticle and wipe over to clean off any cuticle remover left on the skin.
Step 3 - Moisturise Feet
Now it's time to apply a good foot lotion and give your feet a lovely massage until the lotion has all soaked in and your feet are feeling super soft and smooth. My favourites are CND Cucumber Heel Therapy or Soap & Glory Heel Genius.
Step 4 - Paint Nails
The last step of your professional pedicure is to paint your nails, I always use a base coat and a top coat as it makes your polish last much longer. Any brand of nail polish is fine but I think that the professional brands definitely last longer on your nails. For best results you should apply a base coat, two coats of polish and a top coat followed by some quick dry drops to help the polish dry faster which in turn minimizes the chance of smudging them before they fully dry. I use Orly Bonder Base Coat, Orly Won't Chip Top Coat and Orly Flash Dry Drops and my current favourite nail polish is China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy.
After following all four steps you should be left with gorgeous soft feet with perfectly painted toe nails, I hope you found this guide helpful, let me know if you give it a go yourself.
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