With sandal, flip-flop and barefoot season officially here, our feet are on display every day. That means summer is also pedicure season!
Instead of a nail salon visit, save time, money, and potential exposure to infection or injury by doing it yourself. (I contracted a painful plantar wart from one. I’ll never get a salon pedi again!)
Here are five steps to an easy at-home pedicure.
1. A relaxing, warm soak
This doesn’t only soften the skin and nails, it feels sooooo great! Purchase a bubble foot spa with massage and heat feature, fill with warm water, add some epson salts, and soak all your cares away.
2. Buff away calluses the easy way.
I’m not a fan of callus files and pumice stones. I find them very uncomfortable on my skin, and therefore difficult to keep up the repetitive motion needed. That’s why I was so happy to learn about the Emjoi Micro-Pedi. This easy-to-use battery operated device quickly and painlessly removes dry, rough and callused skin from your feet. I’ve tried other devices, such as the kind with a spinning disc, and I like the Micro-Pedi better.
The Micro-Pedi is the only motorized callus remover to have the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance. I also like the fact that it’s easy to clean — you just brush it with the little brush that comes with it, then rinse it off under the faucet. Also, the roller is replaceable if it ever wears out. This is a very handy little device that makes the usually unpleasant job of removing calluses so much easier and more comfortable.
The Emjoi Micro-Pedi is available online and at various retail stores.
4. Apply foot cream.
This step can be done next, or saved until after your nails are painted and dry. While you can use any skin cream and it will help soften your feet, I like to use one especially made for the foot. One I’m currently using is Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme with Vitamin E. It is a rich, saturated blend of natural ingredients that softens and also smells wonderful. Apply it liberally to your feet, then wear cotton socks for a while while it absorbs into your skin. This trick works great overnight.
5. Finish off with a summery shade of polish.
Summer is a time when anything goes when it comes to nails. Try a pretty pastel, a fun neon, brights, darks, sparkles — have fun and experiment!
I recently had the chance to preview some of the products in the new Summer 2015 collection, called Street Fusion, from one of my favorite nail polish brands, SinfulColors. The collection includes 29 shades, six glitter topcoats, and five appliques. Click on the photo at right to see them up close.
With the appliques, just apply and go. No dry time and no polish required.
Disclaimer: I was provided Emjoi Micro-Pedi and SinfulColors product samples for editorial review. All reviews are my honest opinion. This post contains affiliate links.
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I’ve hand-selected everything in this special summer mani-pedi set especially for you! It features four SinfulColors nail polishes, and one applique from their new Summer collection. The shades are: Pink Ansen, a gorgeous glittery pink; Paste-erd, a night sky navy with periwinkle glitter; Writing on the Wall, a shimmery black with ruby flakes; and Fuji Fuji, a stunning holographic silver glitter. You’ll also receive a set of SinfulColors appliques in Neon Splat, a fun retro graffiti design. I’m also including a full size bottle of Tropical Coconut Foot Scrub by SimplePleasures; and a handy 4-in-1 mani tool by Flowery.
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