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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Happy Feet: DIY Pedicure

Is there anything more decadent than a pedicure?  I have always be totally obsessed with them.  I love when my feet are perfectly manicured.  Especially in the winter.  Nothing better!!

Spring is here and it is time to get those tootsies sandal-worthy.  Scraggly, funky toes are not acceptable. Nobody wants to see that. If a belt sander needs to be brought in, you are in dire need a pedicure!

Along with being an Esthetician (for the lay person, I do facials, waxing etc.) I am also a licensed nail technician.  When I was working in the spa I loved to do pedicures.  I know, people always have that reaction you just had.  GROSS!  Really it was quite the opposite for me.  Feet are not that bad.  I would much rather touch someones feet than their hands.  (Who knows where a person's hands have been? Yuck!)  Feet soak in a warm, disinfecting bath before you touch.

People are funny about their feet. I say get over it!  If you have never had a pedicure, you haven't lived.  A warm soak, nails trimmed & shaped, cuticles cleaned up & those heels buffed to a smooth finish.  The best part is the scrub & massage.  If you are lucky enough to get a good pedi, they go all the way to the knee & it is a little slice of heaven.  Foot massage = bliss.

Of course you could give yourself a pedicure at home (but that is not as much fun.)  You need just a few tools to transform those piggies from funky to fab. 

Here is what you will need:

Nail file (a heavier grit type) & straight-edge clipper
Cuticle pusher stick (a.k.a. orange wood)
Foot file
Toe separators
Salt scrub
Foot Lotion
Base Coat
Nail Color
Fast-dry Top Coat

1. It is best to soak your feet for at least 10 minutes before you start to soften then up.  I like to do it after getting out of the shower.

2. Trim nails straight across to the top of he skin line. (Avoid cutting them too short or too deep. Ouch!) and then gently file them till smooth.  I like to square the top & have a bit of a rounded side.  Make sure there are no sharp corners.  (You don't to impale yourself or someone else)

3. Apply cuticle remover cream & gently push back the cuticles.  If you have experience with the nipper, slowly trim away any excess.  Be careful!!

4. Use the foot buffer to smooth away dead skin (sounds gross, but it is a must!) then generously apply scrub to the foot & leg.  No need to rip your skin off, just easily work it in & let the salt do the work. Then rinse.

5. Use a thick foot cream & massage in to hydrate the skin.

6. Take alcohol on a cotton ball & swipe over the nails to remove any excess oil & slip in toe separators.

7.  Polish: base coat, 2 coats of color & top coat.  For any mistakes, use a little remover on the tip of the orange wood stick to clean up any rogue polish on the skin.

You are now ready to don your favorite sandals, open-toe heels or go barefoot without horrifying the neighbors.  Treat yourself today girls.  Enjoy!

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