Have you already booked your vacations? If yes, and you don’t mind please let me know where you’re going. I’d really like to know your destinations.
What about your feet? Have you started preparing and pampering them for the sandal season? If not there’s still some time left. Please don’t miss out on the opportunity to wear those open-toe shoes or sandals just because you’re embarrassed to show your feet. The weather nowadays is so unpredictable and you never know when the sun will come out. The sooner you start the better because you’ve more time and you can do the various steps in a more relaxed way. No need to do all in a day. Feel free to split the 6 steps according to your lifestyle and schedule.
*If you’re diabetic or suffer from other illnesses please always ask your doctor first before putting any oils on. The same applies if you’re pregnant. Only your doctor knows if they’re safe for you to use.
Remove your old nail polish. If your toenails are discoloured take a lemon wedge and rub them gently for 60 seconds. The lemon juice should help to brighten the nails. If you’ve blisters or open skin near your nails don’t do this or it’ll burn like crazy.
Take a big bowl and fill it with hot (not boiling) water and add a few drops of tea tree oil* which is antiseptic. Wash your feet with a washcloth and soap. If you prefer you can also use a specific product for a footbath and follow the instructions. When you’re done pat your feet dry with a towel. Be careful because you could easily slip, especially if you’ve placed your bowl on the carpet.
Exfoliation. This is the most important step which will make a big difference but it’ll also make the biggest mess. The best and the safest way to do this is by sitting in your bathtub or shower box and apply the scrub. I don’t recommend applying an exfoliating product while standing in the shower box because once again you could slip and fall. I don’t want to scare anyone but I’m warning you because this happened to a friend of mine and she broke her ankle. When this happened she was 30. Don’t think this will happen only to elderly people. No no no!
Should you still see and feel rough areas on your feet i.e. at the heels and balls after having rinsed off the exfoliating scrub, you could use a pumice stone and very gently buff your skin. There’are other products out there for smoothing the skin such as foot files and sort of knives but only use them if you feel confident and know exactly how they work. If you’re partially sighted please stay away from files and knives because you could cut yourself. Whatever you choose don’t be too aggressive and don’t try to remove all the dead skin at once or you could experience walking problems the next day. If your skin is too thin you might get blisters. It isn’t a good idea to do this step if the day after you’ve planned a hiking tour or a marathon.
Now it’s time to look after your cuticles. Push them gently back with an orange stick and remember never cut your cuticles. Why shouldn’t you cut your cuticles? Because the purpose of the cuticles is to protect you from infections and once you cut them, and maybe even cut your skin, bacteria could get into your body. When finished with the cuticles you can start trimming your toenails with a clipper. I recommend buying one that is specifically designed for toenails because it’s much sturdier than one for your fingernails. Have you ever broken a nail clipper because your nails were too thick? I did and that’s why I learned to use clippers for toenails when doing a pedicure instead of clippers for fingernails. If possible try to cut the toenails almost completely straight across and round them with a nail file a little bit at the corners to prevent ingrown toenails.
Finally, the most enjoyable part which is, of course, painting your toenails. Choose the colour depending on what you’ve planned to wear the next few days. After your nail polish and top coat have dried apply a cuticle oil. Never put an oil or cream on before painting your nails or the polish won’t adhere properly.
To finish the pedicure use a foot cream according to your skin type and give you a good foot massage. If your skin is very dry buy a cream which is richer and apply it at night in a thick layer. Put a pair of cotton socks on and let the foot cream sink in during the night.
Now your tootsies are ready for showing off your gorgeous sandals. No more excuses, please!
What are your favourite nail polish colours for Spring and Summer? Please let me know in the comments below. I’d like to hear your opinion.
Thanks for reading my post, and have a wonderful time.