Life can get stressful. There are times when you would feel tired, and chipped but the good news is there are plenty of simple ways you can do to brighten your mood. For example, a pedicure. A pedicure may seem very simple but it has helped de-stress a lot of women all over the world. If prettying up your toenails is your way of de-stressing, here are some tips on how you can perfect your pedi skills.
Ten Steps to Polish Your Pedicure Skills
- Gather the supplies you will need. You will need the following
- Basin or tub
- Foot soak, bath salts or Epsom salts
- Pumice stone
- A small brush
- A clean soft towel
- Nail file
- Polish remover
- Cotton balls
- Nail polish
- A base coat
- A top coat
- Nail clippers
- Foot scrub
- Foot moisturizer
Step 2. Start filling up your basin (or tub) with warm water. Add in your foot soak, Epsom salts or bath salts.
Step 3. While waiting for the tub to fill, start removing the old polish from your toenails. It is best that you use a nail polish remover without acetone as acetone can dry up your nails. If needed, clip and file your nails to get the shape and length you want.
Step 4. Soak your feet and relax. Turn on some music or read a book or simply sit back and enjoy the warm water as it soothes your tired feet. You can soak for as long as you like but make it a minimum of 10 minutes.
Step 5. With your small brush, start buffing one foot then the ther to get rid of dead skin cells. This will help soften your feet. Then apply the foot scrub on your feet. Pay extra attention to the heels and any rough spot you can feel.
Step 6. Remove your feet from the tub and dry them gently with your soft, clean towel. Remember to not rub. Just pat dry. Then moisturize the feet using a foot moisturizer. An excellent pick is the Argan oil. The oil is loaded with moisturizing nutrients such as Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and sterols.
Step 7. Prepare the toenails for polish. This is of course if you want to paint your nails. Before you apply the base coat, you can soak or gently massage the toenails and cuticles with Argan oil to keep them moisturized. Once done, rinse with water and gently pat dry your nails. Apply a base coat of polish to fill the ridges and uneven surfaces. Base coats generally come in clear or opaque color and they help keep the nails strong therefore avoiding breakage.
Step 8. Time to apply the polish. Pick your desire shade and paint your nails. Apply the first coat and let it dry first before doing a second or third coat. Use a cotton bud dipped in polish remover to get rid of smudges.
Step 9. Apply a top coat for that extra shine. Top coats also protect color from chipping.
Step 10. Enjoy your work!
With practice, you’ll perfect your pedicure skills in no time!
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