So often we take our feet for granted as they carry us around each and every day. We pamper our hair and faces but tend not to give our feet a second thought. Until the time arrives when we get a reminder in the form of aching feet or even more serious foot conditions. Taking care of our feet with regular a regular pedicure will add more than a pep to your step; it will also keep some of those unhealthy foot conditions at bay.
Everyone is living a fast-paced life these days. With all the stress and things to handle, do we always take the time out to care about our feet? More often than not, the answer to that questions is no. We are always on our feet, and yet we neglect to give them the care they need, which if given would reduce a little bit of their stress from our everyday lives. This article lists simple and effective ways for us to take the pedicure care of our feet to the next level, making them look better and feel better.
Pretty and well cared for feet are more than the delight to the eye. A pedicure can be a wonderful form of pampering; it can lift your spirits and soothe your feet at the same time. Whether you choose a full spa pedicure or opt for an at-home treatment your feet will thank you for it!
A pedicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands enjoyed by both sexes. A pedicure can treat just the toes, just the toenails, or both. A standard pedicure usually includes removal of thickened skin on the feet, filing, and shaping of the nails and the application of polish to the nails while also moisturizing the feet. Some specialty manicures, such as the French Pedicure, may also be offered.
If you are thinking about giving yourself a pedicure, but are not sure what tools you need, you have reached to the right place. For a thorough pedicure, there are several tools you will need to complete your mission. A good pedicure kit will include the following pedicure equipment :
- Foot Spa
- Foot Salt
- Pedicure Scrub
- Cotton balls
- Nail Polish Remover
- Nail Clippers
- Foot File
- Nail File
- Nail Brush
- Base Coat
- Top Coat
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The first thing you should do is soak your feet in a foot spa full of warm water. You can add Epsom salt or foot salt to soothe your feet. Use a foot file to remove rough skin. You should have a towel handy to dry your feet. You should also have cotton balls and nail polish remover to take off the old nail polish. Next, you will use a nail clipper and file to trim and shape your nails. You should also use a nailbrush to clean your feet and nails before you start to apply any polish. Make sure to use a top coat and bottom coat with your polish to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. These are the basic steps to a pedicure. There are other steps you can add if you want to get fancy, but this is a great starting point!
Treatments for feet usually include soaking in a foot spa and application of moisturizing lotion and pedicure scrub. The word pedicure comes to form the Latin words pes, which means foot, and cura, which means care. It also means the care of the feet and toenails. Various services for nails can be provided, such as the beautification of nails such as nail tip rounding, applying acrylics compounds and artificial nail gels.
A pedicurist can also apply other treatments to the nails, such as filing, polishing, and painting. Fancier pedicures include painting pictures or designs on the nails or applying small decals or imitation jewels while also giving the feet a good skin treatment normally involving skin moisturizing.
In many areas, pedicurists are regulated and must be licensed to operate since there are inherent risks in the business. Since the skin is being manipulated and sometimes trimmed, and because there is a risk of infection when tools are used on multiple people, proper sanitation is critical. This is where we try to educate people on the risks of pedicures and also what steps can be taken to minimize risks.
A pedicurist prepares for a customer by ensuring that the working area and tools are properly sanitized and conveniently located next to the professional so he/she does not need to leave the client. Normally, to start things off, the pedicurist should also be sanitizing the working surface, such as a manicure table top, placing clean metal implements into a jar with sanitizing liquid and having sanitized towels and new tools such as orange sticks and emery boards arranged neatly near the working area. Soaking liquids must never be reused, and all water used can be boiled or otherwise sanitized. These preparations prevent the possible spread of disease.
In some upper-class pedicure centers, the feet are sometimes dipped in melted paraffin or wax. The purpose of this is to impart heat to the feet for the purposes of relaxing the skin and making it better able to absorb lotion through the open pores, which is sometimes rubbed on the feet before submersion into the paraffin. The feet are usually dipped more than once to allow a thicker wax coat to form, making the coating stay warm for longer and less likely to break or tear apart before all the lotion is absorbed. After the hands have been dipped in the wax, they are wrapped in either plastic or tin foil, then covered with damp warm cloth to retain warmth.
Beautiful and healthy nails complete and highlight an elegant foot. Nail cosmetics (manicure, pedicure, or nail polish) is often influenced by current fashion trends, not by the healthy consideration. Chasing for cosmetic nail beauty is also part of the source of common nail problems – splitting, peeling, breaking fungal infections. The new development in the nail care industry has introduced the nail care products that style your nails while promoting natural nail growth.
10 Steps to a Perfect Pedicure Guide
First and foremost, get rid of that old, chipped nail polish (the chip look is not a good look for a foot fashionista!). Remove it with an acetone-free remover (acetone can be drying) and cotton.
Next, grip and clip. Using Soft Touch Toenail Clipper clip toenails straight across, but not below nail bed. Avoid clipping into nail corners to prevent ingrown toenails (ouch!). Soft Touch Toenail Scissors will also do the job. Or, nip tougher toenails in the bud with a set of Soft Touch Toenail clippers.
Now it’s time to file with style. Grab a Contoured Emery Board. It’s curved to reach all ten toes with ease. Start with the coarse grit to file and shape toenails. Then, flip to the medium grit to smooth toenail edges. Follow your toenails’ natural shape and file in one direction to avoid weakening nails. Leave the back-and-forth “sawing” to the lumberjacks!
Then, take the pedicure plunge. Fill a large bowl with two parts warm water, one part warm milk, and five drops of olive oil. The milk soothes tired soles, while the olive oil masterfully moisturizes. Submerge feet up to the ankles for ten minutes. While soaking, use a Criss-Cross Action Foot and Nail Brush to gently scrub ankles, heels, between toes, under nails and cuticles. You can also use a 2-in-1 Foot Brush & Pumice to give dirt the brush. Pat feet with a towel.
Next, give dry skin and calluses the rub. While feet are still damp, run a foot file or 2-in-1 Diamond Dust Pedicure Wand over the heel, sides, and ball of your foot using long strokes. Then smooth calluses with shorter strokes. You can also use a foot file or Natural Pumice Stone to whisk away dry, rough skin.
Get ready to scrub-a-dub-dub. Rub tops of toes, feet, ankles, and calves with exfoliating pedicure scrub. With natural pumice and invigorating rosemary, this scrub will help you to reveal your true soles! Rinse off scrub and pat feet dry with a towel.
Give parched feet a drink. Slather on Moisture-Rich Foot Lotion and massage into feet, ankles, and calves. Apply liberally to extra dry areas. This hydrating, non-greasy formula quickly penetrates, leaving feet soft and smooth. You should also use pedicure scrub and Intensive Heel Cream. With moisturizing shea butter, this formula is sole food for dry, cracked heels. Heels need some extra TLC? Massage cream into heels, slip on a pair Cotton Moisture-Lock Socks, wear overnight and wake up to happier heels.
Prepare to polish. Gently push back the cuticles with an orange stick, then clean nail bed with polish remover. Nothing ruins a quality pedicure like a polish smudge, so slip on pedicure Toe Separators to keep your toes in place. Now you’re ready to polish.
Polish to perfection. First, prep with a base coat. Then, apply two coats of the polish of your choice, waiting five minutes in between coats. Wait five minutes more, and then apply topcoat. For the best results, apply one steady brushstroke down the middle of the nail, followed by one on each side. Plus, make sure each coat is as thin as possible, as thick coats peel off more easily.
The finishing touch. Erase any mistakes with a cotton swab dipped in polish remover. Allow polish to dry for an hour.
Nail Care Tips
Eliminate yellow stains and get your toenails whiter and brighter with this quick lemon and milk bath. In a bowl, combine the juice of one whole lemon and one cup of milk. Soak toes in the mixture for about 3-4 minutes. The citric acid bleaches your toenails naturally.
Ingrown toenails are a pain in the foot! To prevent them, clip nails straight across (but not below the nail bed) and avoid clipping into nail corners.
File in one direction to avoid weakening nails – leave the back-and-forth “sawing” motion to the lumberjacks.
Eat right! Nutritional deficiencies can show up as weak, fragile, splitting, misshapen nails; eat healthy for stronger toenails.
Cuticle Care Tips
First use a 2-in-1 Pedicure Wand or a 2-in-1 Diamond Dust Pedicure Wand to smooth and soften feet, putting a little more muscle into callused areas. Then, use a Criss-Cross Action Foot & Nail Brush to get toes squeaky clean. Gently scrubbing around cuticles will help to avoid painful hangnails.
Care for your cuticles! After you exfoliate and scrub with a 2-in-1 Foot Brush & Pumice, rinse feet, pat dry and then rub jojoba or almond oil on cuticles. These oils will not only keep your cuticles healthy but keep nails from splitting too.
Pedicure Polish Tips
Want a longer lasting polish? Choose metallic or shimmery polishes. They contain minerals that adhere to the nail, making these polishes last much longer than flat finish polishes.
Prevent polish errors by separating your toes with toe separators so your polish won’t smear.
Like your toenails “au natural”? Even natural nails need a gloss over them to protect and strengthen them.
For a smooth coat, gently roll the bottle in the palms of your hands – don’t madly shake the bottle! Over-mixing creates air bubbles that can cause your polish to chip.
Thinner is better! Brush on several thin vs. thick coats of polish. Thick coats peel off more easily.
Want a quick chip fix? Lightly rub polish remover over the chip to smooth edges. Then apply two coats of polish and a top coat.
Extend the shelf life of your polish! Store it in the fridge to preserve its consistency.
To make nails appear longer use darker colors and do not paint edges of nails. This makes nails look thinner and therefore longer. You can click below to order some pedicure kits.
To make nails appear bigger, use a metallic nail polish.
When polishing the nails, color the very tip of the nail first. This will make your color last longer.
For quick drying nails, try using baby oil after applying polish.
Get a french manicure in a snap! Uses a white nail pencil under each toenail tip to give the illusion of a fashionable french manicure.
To avoid discolored nails, always use a base coat on nails before using colored nail polish. The base acts as a buffer between the nail and colored polish.
Lighten up! Dark nail polish requires constant attention; lighter nail polishes do not show wear as readily and look less unsightly when they begin to chip.
Before polishing your toenails, wipe lotion residue from nails with polish remover. This provides a clean surface so your polish will last longer.
Wait five minutes before applying topcoat. If the polish hasn’t set, it will thin out and be more prone to chipping.
Want to make your polish last? Use two coats instead of one and put a dab over the tip of the nail onto the underside.
Need to make a mad dash? After polish is dry to the touch, dip your toes in ice water for a couple of minutes to speed up the hardening process.
Try not to use nail polish remover more than once a week – especially those containing acetone. Most nail polish removers dry nails out. And, dry nails crack and spilled more easily than nails that are well hydrated.
Foot Care Tips
When using pedicure scrub pay attention to any rough skin that may have formed on the heels and balls of feet.
Use Intensive Heel Cream and give each foot a 30-second massage, focusing on tired heels every night before going to bed. It will soften the skin and relax the entire body for sleep.
For ultra soft feet, after applying Foot Lotion to feet, slip on Cotton Moisture-Lock Socks at bedtime. Wear overnight and wake up in the morning to softer, smoother feet.
While using Cotton Moisture-Lock Socks, treat yourself to a hands-free foot massager. Stimulate foot pressure points by rolling socked feet around on a rubber ball.
Natural Pumice Stone is not only great for exfoliating feet but smoothing rough hands, elbows, and knees, too!
Daily stresses can sometimes get you down. Use Lavender Aromatherapy Booties twice a week to soothe your body, mind and soles.
Spa Pedicure Massage Chairs
One of the best things about getting a pedicure can be the spa massage chair. It’s like sitting on a throne—a throne that is simultaneously rubbing your back and soaking your aching feet in warm, bubbly water. Some clients will choose one nail salon over another based on how much they enjoy the spa massage chairs because not all chairs are created equal.
A new type of massage chair has recently been introduced on the market that takes the massage process a step further—it lets you choose been Swedish and Shiatsu massage. Adding more luxury to the design, the chair has an MP3 player that accommodates the music of the individual and a perfectly positioned laptop holder for those who need to work while beautifying. So now, while your toes are getting the tender loving care they deserve, the rest of your body feels pampered as well.
It began 5000 years ago. In India, henna was used for manicure which then extended to pedicures as a natural progression. The term mehendi, used synonymously for henna, derives from the Sanskrit mehandika. Much of the modern revival of henna derives from its popularity in India since ancient times.