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How to do a Pedicure

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Taking care of your toe nails is not a weekly procedure, as manicure but still you have do it at least once a month or once in two months. In summer, when you go barefoot and your nails are visible, you might have to deal with your toe nails more frequently.

Basically, most of the manicure rules apply to pedicure as well but still there are a couple of essential differences. So, the pedicure procedure is as follows:

  1. Wash your feet and clean your toe nails. You will be surprised at how much dirt you can remove from them. Though toe nails are not so much exposed as finger nails, when you go barefoot, your toe nails accumulate quite a lot of dirt. Also, thanks to shoes and socks, toe nails also tend to get different kinds of dirt underneath, so unless you clean them regularly, there is no way to escape from the dirt.
    Generally washing your feet is better to do in a bowl with hot water, where you have poured some bath salt. If you keep your feet in salty water for 10 minutes, this will also soften your toe nails and it will be easier for you to cut them and to give them the desired shape.

  2. Next comes cutting and shaping. With toe nails this can be a bit of an adventure because first, toe nails are very uncomfortable to reach and second, they are thicker than finger nails. It will be easier if you have a board on which to step, rather than leave your foot on the ground. Otherwise, the same techniques for cutting and shaping finger nails apply to toe nails, so you may want to read about them in more detail here.
    If you have ingrown nails, this is another difficulty. If your nails are only touching the flesh and are not millimeters into it, then it is not so bad and you can handle them on your own but if the nail has gotten deeper into the flesh, then you might need to see a dermatologist first. Regularly cutting ingrown nails generally prevents them from reaching the skin but the fact that your toe nails tend to grow inwards, seriously limits your choice of shapes for the nail.

  3. After you have cut and shaped your toe nails, you can place them for 10 more minutes in the salty water to soften them additionally. However, don't keep your feet too long in water because the skin will get wrinkled and it will be more difficult for you to proceed with the polishing of the toe nails.

  4. Apply some cuticle oil or cream to soften the cuticles. Wait for the oil or cream to dry and wash your feet again.

  5. Dry them with a towel. Then clean the nails with a cotton pad soaked in a nail polish remover. You can apply it even if you don't have polish to remove because the remover sweeps away the oil as well. However, as you already know, using nail polish remover more often that once a week is not good but applying it once a month is OK.

  6. If necessary, apply a hardener to your toenails. Although toe nails are thicker than finger nails, the permanent contact with shoes might break them.

  7. Finally, start applying the base coat. Wait till it dries out and then apply two layers of polish (again, wait a couple of minutes for the first layer to dry) and when the second layer of polish is dried out as well, it is time for the top coat. For toe nails all 4 layers are necessary and given the fact that pedicure is done once a month, or even less frequently, you can find a couple of hours to do it properly.

This is all about pedicure. You see, it is not difficult at all. And if you want to give your feet a finished look, you can also remove any dead skin from your feet. Dead skin is usually found on the heel, though sometimes in can spread to the toes as well. When your feet are wet, removing dead skin is easier. The easiest way to do it is by using a scrub cream or a pumice stone (for the especially tough areas). And after you are over with all of the procedures described above, apply some cream to make your feet and nails even more delicate.

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