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Your feet need you right now! A little TLC on your winter heels and toes will help prep your toenails for the perfect Spring pedicure.

Indulging in some foot prep for Spring isn't as daunting as it seems…you may actually find it to be relaxing and fun! During our Spring Offer you will receive a Satin Edge Professional Pedicure set FREE (while supplies last) but using similar instruments can produce quality results. Offer starts April 17, 2020

START BY SOAKING YOUR FEET 1, 2, 3:

  1. Soak your feet in warm water for 10-15 minutes, add Epsom salt, known for its healing properties and effective in softening dry, cracked skin. (note: any salt will work)
  2. If you have essential oils in the house, consider adding them to the soak, a few drops of olive oil, coconut oil or even chamomile oil or lavender oil.
  3. Dry the foot well before exfoliating. Add some towel massaging into the drying process.

STEP 2, EXFOLIATING WITH A NAIL RASP:

A foot rasp is an instrument used to shed away dry, calloused and cracked flaky skin on the bottom of the feet. There’s a perfectly soothing reason never to skip this step*:

  • Foot filing improves blood circulation in the feet because it supplies more nutrients to the skin cells.
  • It is believed that professional foot filing can trigger pressure points on the feet.
  • Foot filing has been used for decades to make skin cleaner and radiant.
  • Regular and professional foot filing improves oxygen supply to the feet and makes the skin healthier. The self-repair process of skin also improves with foot filing.
    *Professional Guide to use Pedicure Foot Files

Here’s how to use it:

  • Flex your foot – stretching out the ball of your foot. Hold your foot by the ankle.
  • With a small amount of pressure move the rasp back and forth on the dry areas of your heel and outside of the toes where callouses form. There are typically 2 sides of the rasp depending upon the severity of your dry cracked skin.
  • Continue the back and forth motion, gently freeing the dry skin until soft smooth skin emerges. Stop scraping if any kind of irritation or burning occurs and avoid areas where you may have cuts or open sores.

STEP 3, Apply a good moisturizer.

Enjoy massaging the newly softened feet and take your time to work through aches and pains in the arch of the foot.

FINAL STEPS

When using a toenail clipper, be sure to cut straight across the nail and avoid pulling (which can cause painful ingrown nails to form).

The nail nipper is effective in cutting very thick nails (should the nail clipper not be strong enough), it’s also used to eliminate any stray nail pieces (once again, avoid tugging and pulling).

Note: Podiatrists do not recommend trimming the cuticles but rather simply pushing them back with a cuticle pusher. "The thin sliver of skin along the bottom of your nail bed (aka your cuticle) serves an important purpose, which is to protect you from infection," - New York City nail pro Simcha Whitehill.

Applying Antifungal CARESS Cuticle Oil is a must as a last step to foot prep. The oil will help ward off infection, add moisture and flexibility to the cuticle bed and help soften the nail before applying paint. (be sure to clean the nail bed of any excess oil before applying polish)

After your feet are cleaned and prepped, you are ready to pick your favorite Dr.’s REMEDY nail shade! 
Note: Always apply a clear base coat directly to the nail prior to nail color.


How to use a foot file properly

Why you should never cut your cuticles

Pedicure Pointers from IPFH
 

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