We love the look of a fresh pedicure, but who has the time (or money) to go to the nail salon each week? Luckily, with the right know-how, you can easily maintain your pedicure for up to three weeks. Save time and money by extending the life of your pedicure with these simple tips:
Bring Your Own Bottle
Many nail salons use thinners to get more use out of each bottle of nail polish. However, pedicures using new, fresh polish last much longer than pedicures using older or thinned nail polish.
To ensure the freshness of your polish, bring your own new bottle. Not only will your polish last longer, but you’ll also have the right color on hand should you have any chips.
Take It Easy
Did you know that it takes up to 12 hours for nail polish to harden? For this reason, it’s best to schedule your pedicure on a day when you can relax afterwards. If you’re running errands or going out dancing after your pedicure, you’re much more likely to smudge your fresh nail polish.
Wearing closed toed shoes after a pedicure is also a no-no. Wear flip flops, sandals, or go barefoot for the first 8-12 hours after your pedicure to help it last longer.
Dead skin and calluses make feet look dull. Keep feet smooth in between pedicures by doing a foot peel.
Baby Foot gently removes dead skin and calluses with fruit acid. Use petroleum jelly on the nails to prevent Baby Foot from fading nail polish, or on the tops your feet to preserve your tan.
Keep Feet Moisturized
Keeping your feet moisturized will help them to look healthy and extend the life of your polish. Always moisturize after washing your feet, as soap and water can dry out the skin around the toenails and cause chipping. Just be careful not to use scented lotion, as synthetic fragrances can actually cause nail polish to crack.
If your feet are extra dry, try Baby Foot Moisturizing Foot Mask, which rehydrates parched feet.
A good pedicure always includes a layer of topcoat, but everyday wear and tear can buff away this protective layer. To keep nails shiny and prevent chipping, apply topcoat every week.
Don’t apply too many coats, however, as applying too many layers of nail polish can cause nails to chip.
Use Cuticle Oil
Cuticle oil is formulated to keep cuticles moisturized and healthy and to prevent cracks, but it also prevents your nail polish from chipping. Keep nails in tip-top shape by massaging nails and cuticles with cuticle oil every 2 to 3 days.
Of course you want to show off your feet, but wearing sandals every day can actually shorten the life of a pedicure. Wearing sandals and flip flops exposes the feet to sun, dirt, sand, and other environmental factors that can dull your pedicure. Keeping toes under wraps will help to prolong your pedicure and prevent the formation of calluses.
It’s relaxing to dip your feet into a pool, but chlorine can actually crack and fade nail polish and dry out the cuticles and feet. If you can’t resist the pool, rinse feet with fresh water after swimming and apply unscented lotion to moisturize feet.
Written by: Colleen Welsch