You’ve done your spring cleaning, switched out your wardrobes and are ready to rock the hottest spring trends but are your feet ready for those open-toe shoes?? Celebrity manicurist and owner of As “U” Wish Nail Spa, Skyy Hadley, shares her insider tips to the perfect at-home pedicure to get your feet summer ready in no time!
Tips for making color last longer and look its best:
-A clear top coat is your best friend. Be sure to apply a top coat on the third day of your pedicure (or manicure)
-Never use a protein enriched and strengthener product together. Using both will cause your polish to crack. Try to only apply a nail protein to bare nails
-Applying a cuticle oil to your nails when they are already polished will hydrate and bring moisture into the skin, helping the polish last longer.
-Apply cuticle oil to the base of your toe nails, focusing around the cuticle area to keep your pedicure looking great.
How often should you get a pedicure:
-You can never care for your feet too often, but it isn’t necessary for weekly pedicures either. Once every 2 weeks is sufficient during the summer months.
How to prevent your heals from cracking
-Milk pedicures will save the day. Mix a half cup of hot water with one cup of milk and add a spoonful of sugar – this will moisture and prevent calluses.
-Working a foot scrub into your heels is a great way to remove dead skin. Avoid using pumice stones since they trap bacteria and try using a diamond file instead. After feet are fully exfoliated, rinse, moisturize with a non-greasy lotion, and begin painting.
-Shea Butter, light oil, or Vaseline can be used to moisturize the heals and help prevent cracking.
-If you have blisters, leave them for the professionals (you'll end up doing more harm than good if you try to pop them).