The Perfect At-Home Pedi
There's nothing like stealing an hour away and getting pampered at the nail salon, but let's face it, with all we have going on it's not alway possible. Skyy Hadley, celebrity manicurist and owner of Hoboken's As “U” Wish Nail Spa, shares her insider tips to the perfect at-home pedicure so you can confidently slip into those sandals without having to slip away from the house.
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 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).
Posted on Fri, April 26, 2013
by Elise Edwards filed under