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At Home Pedicure / Summer Skin Care series

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 1:12 PM by Ruth Tynes / Online Editor / InTheTimes.com

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Hi ITT girls!

Welcome to another segment of our Summer Skin Care series! First, we established some basic Summer skin care tips. Last week, we discussed in more detail sunblock usage. This week, we give you step-by-step instructions for bringing the spa pedicure experience home! More tips coming soon!

Have an ultra fabulous Summer!
RUTH



12 Step At-Home Pedicure!

1) Seek Peace: Our at-home pedicure should be a time of relaxation. Don't choose a time when you are in a hurry / going to be rushed (we'll show you how to do a pedicure on-the-go soon). If you share a bathroom / live in a "busy" (lol) household, then consider having your pedicure late at night / early in the morning, when you are least likely to be disturbed. Even then, tell your family / roommates that you need the bathroom for a few hours undisturbed.

2) Set the Stage: Make sure that you have all of your pedicure tools on hand. You might want to play ITTpop Radio in the background for a peaceful blend of Christian-based Pop Music. You may want to bring something non-stressful to read (print out issues of In the Times magazine, your Bible, a book, etc.) while your feet are soaking and/or while your nail polish is drying.

3) Remove old nail polish: There are a variety of Nail Polish Remover products on the market. Personally, I like the wipes / pads that already have nail polish remover in them. For me, it's easier and less messy to use. Whatever form you choose, select a product that is beneficial to the condition of your nails (ie- one that includes conditioners, etc.).


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4) Trim Toenails: Use a Toenail Clipper--these are the significantly larger clippers. It is important to trim toenails while they are dry, because when nails are wet, they are weaker and damage can occur easier.


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5) Use a Nail File to smooth rough edges/corners of nails: Again, there are many different varieties of nail files / emery boards on the market, so select one that is easy and enjoyable for you to use. I like to have a variety of file textures on hand, as well as the nail files that include various "nail buffers"--they help give your nails natural shine!


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6) Soak feet for 10 minutes in warm water: One of my favorite things is my mechanical Foot Tub / Spa--it has a variety of soaking features, etc. No foot tub? No prob! Use a large basin / bowl or your bathtub! If you choose, add to the spa experience by adding exfoliating / soothing bath salts / soak to the water.


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7) Exfoliate: Use a Pumice Stone and/or Foot File to slough away any dry skin on your feet. There are a variety available, some have handles for easy use, different textures, etc. I like to have a variety on hand, depending on my current needs.


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8) Pamper More: If you choose, extend the spa pedicure experience by using additional foot care products such as scrubs, masks, etc. They help your feet stay soft and moisturized longer.


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9) Utilize a Nail Brush: Use a nail brush to scrub toenails lightly, this helps loosen any additional dirt and buff nails. Then towel dry your feet.


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10) Cuticles & Cleaning: If you choose, apply Cuticle Conditioner along your cuticles, then push them back gently with the round end of a Manicure Stick. Personally, I like to let the pros handle this, if done incorrectly you could damage your cuticles / toes.

Clean under your toe nails with the pointed end of a Manicure Stick.


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11) Paint your pretty Toenails: Separate your toes with Foam Rubber Toe Separators, then paint a Base Coat. Allow all paint coats to dry completely to avoid a messy paint job. Nail Polish dry times, textures, etc. vary. Then depending on the polish, paint 1-2 coats of color. Finish up with a Top Coat of Clear (Gloss) Polish.


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12) Keep It Up: In between Pedicures, make sure to utilize Lotion, soaking, foot scrubs, pumice stones, foot files, etc. to keep your feet looking pretty!

During the day when you are vegging out / before bed, lotion your feet and put socks on (there are even some that are specially made to provide extra moisture / softness).


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Talk soon Ruth Tynes Editor InTheTimes.com RuthTynes.com In the Times InTheTimes Fashion Entertainment Faith Fun Hip Contemporary Cool Pre Teen Pre-Teen Tween Teen Young Adult Girl Christian based web site magazine blog

* Originally published in the February 3rd, 2006 issue of In the Times magazine. Copyright 2006. All rights reserved. It may not be reprinted or posted without written permission from the author. Please contact for reprint permission.


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