There are two great reasons to give yourself a pedicure. The first is to give your feet a well-deserved,
pampering deep cleaning. A pedicure can lift your spirits and soothe your aching feet at the same time.
The second reason is to get your toes looking sexy! And now's the time to start
working on those feet to make them perfect by sandal-wearing season.
First, let's prepare the pampering soak...
Now before you soak those feet, let's prep those nails:
- Position a chair behind a clean, wide bucket filled with hot water.
- Fold a bath towel into a square and place it at the bottom of the bucket.
This will give your feet a comfortable surface to rest on when you soak them.
- Add half a cup of Epsom salt, a natural disinfectant. I also like to throw in a few capfuls
of Johnson & Johnson Soothing Vapor Bath for Colds. It contains rosemary, eucalyptus and
menthol — three therapeutic, cleansing herbs that make the room you're in smell just like
Now you're ready to soak and soothe:
- Use a cotton pad soaked with nail-polish remover to take off old polish. If your cuticles are
dry, add a drop of olive oil to the pad before using it on your nails.
- Clip your toenails straight across with clippers.
- Use a nail file to smooth the edges, including the sides. Best shape: square
with rounded edges.
And now it's time for color!
- Soak your feet in the hot water for five minutes, then rest them on the edge of the bucket.
- Dip a foot file, such as Dr. Scholl's Dual Action Swedish File, in the water, then use it
to smooth your heels, the balls of your feet and the outsides of your pinkie toes.
- Pat feet dry with a towel.
- To get cuticles under control: Use the edge of the nail file to push your cuticles back,
then a nail brush dipped in an exfoliating scrub, such as Rainforest Stress Therapy Foot Scrub,
to clean the area where your nail meets your skin.
- If you feel that you must get rid of your cuticles, have a pro do it in a salon so you
don't end up with painful, ingrown toenails.
- Rinse, then dry feet and apply a generous amount of super-moisturizing foot lotion or cream.
Try: Bliss Spa Foot Patrol. Massage it into your feet and calves.
- Wash the moisturizer off your toenails with soap and water and let them dry.
- Create space between toes with a foam toe separator.
- Apply one coat of base coat, two coats of color and one coat of top coat.
- Confused about which color to go for? Say good-bye to burgundies and browns. The hot shades are
bright. Think coral with a sheen to it, hot pink and orangy-red. If you've got a tan, try a misty pearl
- Use a Q-tip moistened with nail-polish remover to remove any polish that missed the mark.
- Apply one coat of top coat three days after your pedicure, then every third day after that to
keep polish from chipping.
- If your feet are going to be in the sun, use a top coat with sunscreen, like L'Or?al
Ultragloss Top Coat, to keep the polish from fading.
Be sure to sit for 10 to 20 minutes with your feet in front of a fan to allow your toes to dry completely,
and if possible wait longer before putting on shoes. Go for open toed shoes if you can... sandals, thongs,
Giving yourself a great pedicure should prove to be relaxing... and if you want to make your environment
even more spa-like, pop in a CD of relaxing music and light some candles around the room. Ahhhhh...