With summer closing in and summertime activities looming on the horizon, chances are that your feet are itching to get out in the sun and lead you on some exciting adventures. Naturally, you will want to have them looking their best this summer, and that could mean that a professional pedicure is in your future. Summer adventures can play havoc on the toes, though, so it’s important to know how to treat your feet and get the most out of that perfect pedicure. We have the tips you need to properly maintain that pedicure between salon appointments, to ensure that your feet always look and feel their best.
Love Your Pumice Stone
If you don’t have a pumice stone, get one. It’s perhaps the best tool around for removing callouses and keeping your feet silky smooth and soft every day of the year. Sure, you could just let your feet get hard and rough, but why would you want to?
Did You Remember Your Top Coat?
Summer is a busy time, but there should always be time to apply your top coat. That little extra layer of top coat will help to keep your nails stronger, shinier, and more vibrant as you go about your adventuring.
The word ‘moisturize’ is one that we all need to use as a personal mantra. Just as you moisturize your face, arms, and legs, so too should you moisturize your feet and toes. A good moisturizer can help to ensure that your feet have the nutrients they need to look their best at all times.
Don’t Forget the Cuticles…
First, don’t cut your cuticles. That’s not what we’re talking about when we tell you not to forget about them, okay? Instead, we’re talking about giving your cuticles the positive attention they need. Once again, it all comes down to moisturizing. Grab a bottle of good cuticle oil and give your nails the moisturizing attention they deserve.
Rest After Your Pedicure
So, what do you have planned after you leave the nail salon? Busy day of shopping, walking about, or adventuring on the beach? Cancel those plans! Your polish needs time to set and harden, and the best way to give yourself that time is to make sure that you have nothing scheduled for eight or more hours after your appointment. Go home. Watch a movie. Relax. You’ve earned that rest anyway, and your adventures can wait for a few hours – right?
Avoid the Chlorine
Whenever possible, try to avoid chlorine on your pedicured toes (or manicured nails, for that matter), Unfortunately, chemicals can make the polish fade and crack, which just means that you’ll have to return to the salon that much quicker. Try a lake instead.
Your beautiful, perfect pedicure may not be designed to last forever, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you can do to extend its life. By following these tips, you can make sure that you get the most out of your pedicure and devote more of your time to enjoying all that the summer has to offer.